Here at smntks, I’m all about good critical analysis of our media environment. Good critical analysis to me means looking at the content of media stories, the context that they are made in, and the creators and consumers involved. While we can all look at the content clearly from the outside, there are some parts of what makes media tick that can only be seen by an insider.
This week, director John Singleton ( Boyz n the Hood, Rosewood, 2 Fast 2 Furious) pulled back the gilded curtain of Hollywood to expose the challenges of getting films made featuring African Americans.
As Shakespeare famously penned, “truth will out.” The truth is that the small steps Hollywood has taken are not enough to guarantee a film industry that reflects its customers. Thanks, Mr. Singleton for knocking off that we’re-post-racial-because-12-years-a-slave-won-the-Oscar buzz.