After reading many, and participating in few, spirited Facebook exchanges regarding Meryl Streep going home with the Oscar instead of Viola Davis...I walked away pretty perplexed with a few of the comments I ran across.
This really stood out to me:
But perhaps it was Viola herself who most hurt her chances of winning Best Actress when, during her months-long Academy Award campaign, she made a point of taking a stand and lifting her voice about what black actresses face in the still lily-white Hollywood. Every time she found herself in front of a microphone, Viola reminded all those within the sound of her voice that times are still hard for black girls in Hollywood, where roles for African American women with dark skin and outside-the-mainstream beauty are sparse, underdeveloped, and meant solely to help white actors and actresses shine. She made a point, though, of acknowledging that despite Hollywood’s faults—despite the odds—a black actress who masters her craft can make any portrayal, whether it’s as a maid, a crack addict, a wise BFF or a love-starved single mother who doubles as the president, will be masterful at her job.
In other words, Viola Davis didn’t play the game; she called Hollywood on its bull, reminded everyone that she’s total badass at what she does, and showed up on the red carpet as her beautiful, natural self—chocolate, glistening and wearing her short, red-tinted afro, with her beautiful, chocolate glistening husband at her side. And honestly, I couldn’t be more proud of her for lifting her voice, being sure of her talent and beauty and insisting that we all get on board and accept her for being exactly who she is.
I'm curious as to what you guys think about this. I mean...I saw both movies, "The Help" and "The Iron Lady." Meryl Streep DID.THAT. I mean...she BECAME Margaret Thatcher. Viola is, obviously a talented actress too. I mean hey...even Meryl Streep says that.
Couldn't it have been as simple Meryl's performance was so good that she deserved the award?
You know how you have different "groups" of friends? Like...you have your book club friends, your ladies who lunch friends, your college friends, etc?
Well...I have a group of friends who bring me JOY. I'm talking...the kinda joy you can't make up if you tried. They're younger than I am and none of them are married and they have some very interesting ideas of what they think married life is like.
And it always makes me laugh.
For instance...they think only old people are married so I have to remind them I was about their age when I knew my guy was the one. They also think marriage is boring. Like we sit around burping and farting all day saying nothing to each other. Now...there is burping and farting mind you...but it's okay cuz ain't nobody trying to get air bubbles in their chest and stomach trying to pretend they don't have to burp or fart.
Has to report to jail in three months to start a three year sentence for a white collar crime he says he took the fall for in order that another member of his family didn't have to go because they'd been in the same kinda trouble before and would have had to go to jail for like 25 years.
WARNING. If your child bullies one of my nephews or one of my Godsons I am checking for YOU.
Not your kid...YOU.
I understand teaching a child to fight their own battles and all that mind you...but sometimes a parent who has had their azzes WHUPPED one way or the other will have a way of getting their kid to understand that being a bully might not be the best they can be.
Check your kid if they are being a BULLY. Don't get YOUR azz kicked cuz of some kiddie ish and don't let the suburban life fool you.
Yesterday sherri said something which really made me go hmmmmmmmm...
What is YOUR thought on how non-involved fathers continue to be able to date? What kind of woman is okay with this? I mean...ESPECIALLY if she's a mother herself and knows what all it takes to take care of a child?
What's even MORE confusing to me is how these SAME MEN can parent the child of the woman they are with (who isn't their child) and still neglect their OWN children.