There is a new show on Vh1 called “Hindsight” in which a woman is transported back to the mid-90’s . The upcoming film “Black or White” makes me feel like I’ve having my own back to the past experience.
“Elliot Anderson is widowed after the car crash death of his wife. Elliot has raised his granddaughter Eloise since his daughter died in childbirth. As he struggles with his grief, Elliot’s world is turned upside-down when the child’s African-American grandmother Rowena demands that Eloise be brought under the care of her father Reggie, a drug addict who Elliot blames for the negligence that led to the death of his own daughter. Elliot finds himself deeply entrenched in a custody battle and will stop at nothing to keep his granddaughter from coming under the watch of his reckless son-in-law.”http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_or_White_%28film%29
Didn’t we go through this with the 1995 film “Losing Isaiah?” The film starred Halle Berry as a drug addict who abandoned her baby and said baby is saved and later adopted by a white social worker (Jessica Lange). A custody battle ensues. There are some tweaks. In “Black or White” instead of a loving white woman we get a loving white man (Kevin Costner), a black “crackhead” father (Andre Holland), and a quirky black grandmother (Octavia Spencer).
“Black or White” is directed and written by white guy–Mike Binder. It seems Hollywood loves these “white savior” type films as “Losing Isaiah” was directed by a white man/written by a white woman.
The film looks cliché. The rich white people vs the working class black people, white person not knowing how to do black hair because “it’s so hard,” the rhetoric that love is colorblind, etc. Le sigh.
It’s 2015. Is it too much to ask for black stories that aren’t centered on the love and acceptance of white characters?
Double Meh. I understand the Oscars likes when folks play out of character/villains even. Denzel Washington has played some wonderful characters over his 20 year career (including Malcolm X), and yet he won an Oscar for the role of a corrupt cop.
I don’t begrudge these folks wins. As actresses/actors, I’m sure it’s an honor to win an Oscar, no matter what. It represents the highest level of achievement in their field. I just hope the future will bring diverse wins for black folks. 75 years from now, I don’t want a little black girl being happy that a black woman won for portraying a slave. But I ain’t holding my breath.