Netflix’s “Hollywood” Addresses Racial and Sexuality Barriers in the 1940s

Netflix released a series this week called “Hollywood” and the title says everything of what it is about PLUS MORE. It takes place in the late 1940s and a few individuals are trying to get their big break in Hollywood; one guy being a white aspiring actor[Jack Castello, played by David Corenswet], a black gay screenwriter[Archie Coleman, played by Jeremy Pope], a black aspiring actress [Camille Washington, Laura Harrier] who wants more than maid roles, and a white aspiring gay actor [Rock Hudson, played by Jake Picking] who just wants a break. Of course during the 40s, being black and/or gay was very controversial and not accepted.

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Archie Coleman wrote a film titled Peg but once the executives found out he was black, they wanted to pay him off and write someone else’s name on the film. He wasn’t going for that. Archie fought and with the help director Raymond Ainsley, played by Darren Criss, and some “not-so-bad” executives, he was able to still be part of the process and continue to have his name on the film. Raymond’s girlfriend Camille [yes, an interracial couple] wanted to audition for the film even though the script is meant for an all-white cast. Archie and Raymond decided that if Camille was cast as the main character, then they would change the title to Meg. Luckily, she was cast as Meg!! It sparked controversy and even harassment but she overcame it, even Archie.

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Camille even received support from Hattie McDaniels,  played by Queen Latifah. She warned her that she would face backlash, but nonetheless, she was proud of her. Hattie even congratulated Camille on her Oscar win backstage. At the time when Hattie won her Oscar years prior, she was unable to be in the main venue even though she was nominated. It was very monumental when she greeted Camille backstage.

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At the end of the movie while the cast of Meg is at the 20th annual Oscars, as the nominees and winners are being announced, you can tell the writers of the series wanted to focus on the minorities. When the white people of the cast of Meg won awards, they skipped their actual emotion and acceptance versus for the others. For instance, when Chinese actress Annie Mae Wong, played by Michelle Kruseic, won for best supporting actress, she was snubbed years back for a role in a different movie, so when she won this time, the writers of this series made sure to capture her emotions and presence on the stage. When Archie won for best writer, he not only kissed his boyfriend Rock in front of everyone, but once he got on stage to accept his award, he was unapologetic about it while being booed!! When Raymond won for best director, the camera captured him in the lobby with the award and the celebrating with the cast of the movie, not on stage. Lastly, when Camille won, everything from her heartbeat was being heard, to the long pause she took before speaking.

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I loved how the producers captured what was not accepted and even possible in the 1940s. Some characters are real and others are fake but, they made the series seem more pleasant and acceptable and even not pitting the Camille and the white supporting actress against each other.

Did you all capture the series? If so, what are your thoughts?

Wale “Sue Me” Video: Powerful

Wale is one of the most slept on, underrated artists. Yes, he can be deemed as emotional at times but what it really is, is passion. He’s passionate about his craft and creative AF so when he’s slept on, of course, he takes it personally, especially since he’s been about for over 10 years and has radio hits and features.

Wale released the video for “Sue Me” yesterday and it was powerful. If you’ve been out of the loop, he got the line “Rooting For Everybody Black” from Issa Rae. She said the infamous line in 2017 on the Emmy’s red carpet. She spoke out about it stating she didn’t want to be there anyway and it showed on her face. When asked who she was looking forward to winning, she said….what she said.

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Okay, so back to Wale. The video depicts the life of what some black men do everyday and go through–living in an urban neighborhood, listening to their music through headphones, speaking to folks in the neighborhood, minding his business, etc. Even going into a Starbucks and being wrongfully profiled and arrested. Sounds familiar right. –>Check out the real story HERE

Crazy right! Well, the irony of all this is—Wale depicted the day in a life of a black man BUT the main character is a white man. The roles were reversed from the beginning of the video, starting with a picture of a black family on a box of tooth paste; the “white oats” being Melanin Oats; depiction of BLACK JESUS instead of the typical white Jesus depiction; a billboard for “White People Meet dot com”; newspaper headlines, “Are We Ready For A White President” and “The Horror That Happened In Central Park” that shows 5 white men. It even shows the race reversal of being in Starbucks and seeing two innocent men arrested for no reason and Wale added the real video clip of the incident that happened in April of 2018.

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Wale showed a scene with the boy visiting his father in prison and explaining to him a new law that is being passed for people with nonviolent drug offenses to be appealed. The father said, “there’s no hope for people that look like us.” That correlates to the present day, especially with Covid-19. Wale clipped in a video of a man in prison who recorded the conditions they are living in. The inmate is explaining the Care Act that is for people who aren’t gang members, sexual offenders and/or not on death row. With the inmates being at risk of catching Coronavirus, the prison can send you home on home confinement [house arrest]. The man went on to say that the prison won’t let them leave because the prisons make money off the number of inmates they have. SAD.

Leave it up to Wale to enlighten us all; Black, White, Asian, about what is going on in the world. Not only does he speak on his feelings and normal life shit but he speaks on relevant life issues. He needs the recognition that he DESERVES. Check out the dope video below and SUPPORT WALE!

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5 Things “The Rona” Should Be Teaching You

This Coronavirus is serious AF! People are DYING and have lost their jobs. Small businesses are suffering, the stock marker is down and people are losing money. While dealing with this virus, there are a few things that it should be teaching you.

1. Take your health and hygiene serious

It sounds simple but you have people who don’t wash their hands all the time and don’t cover their mouth when they cough. Gross. If you take care of yourself, as simple as exercising, taking a walk and taking vitamins, that’s a start to good health. For the people who already have weak immune systems and breathing issues, I’m sorry. Sometimes doing all the right things won’t help but at least you you’re trying.

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2. Always Keep A Hobby

For the people who’ve lost their job, I’m sorry. Picking up a hobby can always make the time go by fast. If you’ve always had a hobby, GOOD! If not, something as simple as reading books is a good hobby, sewing (especially masks; you can make money off it these days), even cooking.

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3. Keep A Side Hustle Going

It’s always good to have a plan b…and c. With people losing their jobs, it’s always good to have a second income.

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4. Always Save Money

As I stated before, people have lost their jobs and that is very unfortunate especially if you’re supporting a family. If anything, always keep some money saved, whether it’s in a savings account, in a piggy bank under your bed, WHATEVER! Keep some change for a rainy day, or a rainy week OR a rainy month…or two.

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5. Keep the essentials in your home

Now y’all KNOW how hard it is to buy Lysol, tissue, paper towels and hand sanitizer these days. You have to get to the store early in the morning to get those needs, if not you’re S.O.L. Besides those needs, you should make sure you have a case of water, bread, milk, meats, laundry detergent. You should have those needs when it’s a tornado or snow storm any how.

Being quarantined has been an eye opener for me and I’m sure other people. Mothers and fathers who have to work from home and also teach their children too one of the MVPs of all this, next to nurses and doctors of course. I’m sure families are either getting tired or each other or growing closer during these times. Sometimes it takes a tragedy to happen for the world to change their mindset and ways.

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What have you been doing while quarantined? Comment below and let me know.

New Music Friday 4/17: Da Baby, DVSN, The Dream, Kelly Rowland, 21 Savage featuring Summer

This past Friday was packed with new music. I guess these artists decided to release some anticipated music for us during this quarantine. 

Da Baby- Blame It on Baby

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Da Baby released his 3rd album Blame It On Baby, with some nice features such as Roddy Rich, Quavo, A Boogie, Meg Thee Stallion and Ashanti. He’s known for having the same sound and flow but he switched it up some on this album.

The Dream – Sextape 4

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This is his 7th album and he is usually lowkey with his drops these days. He only has one feature on this album, which is Jhene Aiko; how could you resist putting her on an album. If you’re already a Dream fan, then you’;ll easily vibe to this but if you’re a distant fan, it’ll take you longer to get into this album.

Dvsn- A Muse in her Feelings

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They dropped their 3rd album and per the norm, it has a sexy sultry sound. They can’t do wrong honestly, especially with the features they have on the album like PARTYNEXTDOOR, Jessie Reyez and the lovely Snoh Aalegra. This, to me, is considered a full album; it has 16 songs, an array of features and a little kick to it.

Kelly Rowland- “Coffee”

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Kelly has popped back on the scene with this sexy single “Coffee” which coincidentally mimics her poppin melanin. The cover art is dope and hopefully we’ll be getting an album from her by the end of the year. She’s been dropping singles for the past two years but her last album was Talk A Good Game in 2013. Come on Kelly, we waiting for an album!!

21 Savage featuring Summer Walker- “Secret”

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This was a different collaboration but needed. This pair decided to sample Xscape’s “Little Secret” and it doesn’t sound bad. Honestly, it’s starting to become a trend for Summer to sample 90’s hit like “Come Thru” featuring Usher, which was sampled from his song “You Make Me Wanna.” Another is “Summer Reign”, which was Rick Ross song she was featured on, that sampled “Rain” by SWV. Summer isn’t making it sound bad, but let’s hope it doesn’t become her “thing”. Granted, she has more non-sampled songs than sampled songs so let’s keep it at that.

What did you think of these drops over the weekend? Comment below and let me know!

Not-So Mainstream Artists Who We Should Cherish

It may sound weird, but I love the artists that aren’t mainstream. Often at times, when artists become mainstream, they create music that tailors towards the radio. Producers, songwriters, writers, etc know how to create a song strictly tailored towards the radio. You do have some artists that are so hot, that when they drop a single that isn’t a radio song, it doesn’t matter because they have such a huge following, that no matter what they produce and drop as a single, people are going to gravitate towards it, such as Meg Thee Stallion’s B.I.T.CH record. CLEARLY, that song isn’t meant to be on the radio but since it got so much attention on social media, Meg and her team edited it down to be radio-friendly.

BUT, there are artists who make poppin music, who’s poppin on Apple Music, YouTube, Instagram, etc but their music doesn’t get much play on the radio; those are the artists to cherish and watch out for. These artists are the ones who make that unique music, that different shit, that “I wanna clean the house, write in my journal, and reflect” music. Here’s a list of those dope artists:

 

Xavier Omar

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He’s been making some dope music  for a while now. His biggest hits on Apple Music are “Afraid”, “Runnin’ Round”, and “Blind Man”. I love his sound and he’s one of the artists that you want to keep near and dear to you without them being mainstreamed and their sounding changing for radio standards.

Snoh Aalegra

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Ms. Aalegra is getting noticed out here. She does have one song on an r&b station but she’s not 100% mainstream. Snoh is Swedish and she crossed over to American music. Her popular songs are “Woah” and “I Want You Around” which is on the radio. She’s becoming more noticed and more than likely will become full mainstream by the end of the year.

Kiana Lede

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This lady has been singing covers on YouTube for years now; (that’s how she got my attention.) Some of her most viewed covers was “Come and See Me” mixed with “Location”, “Hotline Bling” and “White Iverson.” She just made her way into mainstream with her single “Ex”. Her latest song is “Forfeit” but it’s not on the radio. Kiana should be recognized because she’s been working her ass off, making herself noticeable for years now. GO KIANA!

Alina Baraz

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Alina Alina. She’s a Ukrainian artist born in the US and she makes that sensual sexy music. She’s been lowkey on the scene since 2015. Some of her best hits are “Electric” featuring Khalid, “Fantasy”, and “Floating” featuring Khalid again. She has an album coming out this year in which she’s released music from it. Her music hasn’t made its way to a radio in my city (St. Louis) but she’s an artist who’s going to go far even if her music doesn’t make it to the radio.

Nao

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Nao is another great artist who’s sound is just as melodic as the above artists. Her popular songs  include “Another Lifetime”, “Bad Blood”, and “Orbit”. She hasn’t released any new music since her last album Saturn. 🗣WHERE YOU AT NAO??

Victoria Monet

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Victoria has been recognizably making music for 5 years but her music has been generating in Apple Music playlists and more streaming sites for some time now. Her single “Ass Like That” is personally one of my favs. Another one of her reason singles is “Moment”.
Sometimes when you hear the same artists on the radio, you get over them real quick and you want to listen to something different. Try listening to these artists and if you’re already to listening to them, keep it up and support them.

Comment your favorite song by these artists if you’re already fans.

 

Music To Listen To While Quarantined:

Music is the best therapy and the best way to occupy yourself during this down time. A lot of music was dropped this month and even last month; if you need something to listen to, here are some R&B and Hip-Hop projects you can dive into.

Young Jeezy- Twenty/20 Pyrex Vision

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The Weeknd- After Hours

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Childish Gambino- 3.15.20

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Megan Thee Stallion- Suga

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PartyNextDoor- PARTYMOBILE

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Jhene Aiko- Chilombo

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Lil Baby- My Turn

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Yo Gotti- Untrapped

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Bonus:

Snoh Alegra-  Ugh, Those Feels Again

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If we’re still in the house a month from now, be on the lookout for another list lol.

 

Toodles y’all!

March 31: Death of Nipsey & Selena

March 31 is a day that everyone can remember, especially if you’re a music lover. On this day 25 years ago, Selena Quintanilla was shot and killed by Yolanda Saldivar, the president of her fan club and even considered to be her friend. On this day last year, Nipsey Hussle was killed by Eric Holder, by someone he knew as well.

Two idolized musicians was killed by gun violence and by someone they knew. Selena was glorified in the Latino industry and even the Pop Industry and Nipsey amongst the hip-hop community. Not only was he an artist, but also an activist and entrepreneur; he was very involved in his community. Selena crossed over from Spanish music, to American music during her time here. Also while living, she won a Grammy for Best Mexican American Album in 1994 and Nipsey was nominated for Best Rap Album last year.

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Selena appreciated her fans a lot and her family even more. Her father dealt with the business side of her career, her sister played the drums and her brother the guitar in their band, Selena y Los Dinos. Nipsey opened a store called The Marathon Clothing in the heart of his hood Crenshaw and sold Crenshaw apparel, amongst other items.

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The irony of losing two greats on the SAME day, years apart, by gun violence, by some they know is uncanny. Both left a big impact on the music industry and their  presence on earth is still being talked about, especially Selena, and she’s been gone 25 years. Even though Nipsey died just last year, it feels like it just happened.

May Nipsey Hussle and Selena’s legacy be respected and remembered for many years to come.

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