#REELBLACKINFLUENCE ***OSSIE DAVIS***
American writer, actor, director, and social activist who was known for his contributions to African American theatre and film and for his passionate support of civil rights and humanitarian causes. As a black actor during that time he wanted to play more distinguished characters rather The the stereotypical. When he found it necessary to play a Pullman porter or a butler, he played those characters realistically, not as a caricature. Davis was one of a handful of African American actors able to find commercial success while avoiding stereotypical roles prior to 1970. He was one of the most notable African-American directors of his generation. As a playwright, Davis wrote Paul Robeson: All-American, which is frequently performed in theatre programs for young audiences. Creating works with his wife Ruby Dee, Davis directed and wrote the films Cotton Comes to Harlem (1970) and Countdown to Kusini (1976). He continued to work into the 21st century, combining his acting pursuits with writing and civil rights campaigning. The recipients of numerous honours, Davis and Dee were jointly awarded the National Medal of Arts in 1995 and a Kennedy Center Honor in 2004. #blackhistory#blackart#blackartists#blackactor#blackexcellence
SWIPE 👉🏾 Continuing with our conversation about reimagining our connections within the Diaspora is a current exhibition at @whitneymuseum from @toyinojihodutola called 'To Wander Determined.' The project reimagines the notion of portraiture and focuses on the marriage of two fictional aristocratic Nigerian families. The pieces involve exploration of one's self, family and context and invite the audience to delve deeper into the connections amongst us. Special shoutout to @trendland for capturing these moments! #TopicTuesday
I’m loving our conversations about Black Panther. I’m glad I’ve curated a friends list free of people who hate unabashedly and offer baseless opinions dressed up as ‘critical thought.’ It was a cinematic spectacle. A visual masterpiece. A well researched homage to African aesthetics and culture as well as a conversation about the continent’s inherent greatness, Africans in America and how we come to terms with our trauma.
I am both excited about its success and it’s all star cast- particularly the stand out newcomers Shuri and M’Baku- and sad about the suggestion that trauma automatically makes us unrepentant murderers and therefore evil/ expendable, that not a single Wakandan except Nakia thought of N’Jadaka as Wakandan too, that Erik’s plan to arm the diaspora became a conscious decision to let the WORLD have access to Wakandan technology and brilliance at the behest of T’Challa.
Being honest though, it’s what had to happen in the MCU to gear up for Infinity War. I’m not gonna be pleased about Wakandans who have managed to keep themselves safe and secure, even at the expense of other Black folks, joining forces with White folks to save a planet’s worth of anti- Blackness- but I’m still going to see it. Why? Because I love Black people. Because none of these conversations start and end with Black Panther or any other Black film. Because I trust Ryan Coogler. Because in a white supremacist world it’s ultimately numbers and capital that give people like Ryan Coogler, Ava Duvernay, Lupita Nyongo and Danai Gurira the ability to even propel these conversations forward and be visible in these life affirming ways so that we can CONTINUE to tell Black ass stories and sell out theaters and make box office history and love on each other and reconnect to the diaspora and be reminded that melanin is magic etc. etc. etc.
Next up? A Wrinkle In Time.
And y’all better show TF up. Ava gave us Queen Sugar. We owe her our lives, ok?! #BlackPanther#AWrinkleInTime#RepresentationMatters#BlackGirlMagic#BlackBoyJoy#SupportBlackArt#Nakia#Okoye#DoraMilaje#AvaDuvernay#RyanCoogler#BlackArt#Oprah#AngelaBassett#MichaelBJordan#LupitaNyongo#DanaiGurira