The New Era of Blackface
Hollywood is getting some pretty suspicious looks. We’re talking epic, like Amanda Bynes.
There’s a problem in Hollywood and it’s bigger than ever. Some are calling it a “race problem” when referring to the new Blackface happening on the big screen.
While Black actors are increasingly becoming nominated for their achievements their roles are becoming questionably limited.
Take, for instance, Ejiofor, who shines during his performance in “12 years a Slave,” or Elba’s acting in “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom.” Both of these films are important for Black culture and Black cinema, but they have a strange paradox for some Hollywood film critics: the lead roles require Black actors.
Of course, these actors rightfully deserve their nominations and awards, but some are getting tired of the lack of Black opportunities in film.
In a study of the roles played by Black actors that earned nominations shows this problem isn’t new. Sidney Poitier, Jamie Foxx, and Forest Whitaker have all won Best Actor for a role that had to be played by a Black actor.
Women of color are also not accurately represented in award ceremonies. Halle Berry is the only Black woman to win an Oscar for Best Actress.
Do you think Hollywood needs a makeover?