1. siochembio:

    1092. Shame (2011)

    Whites, blues, and greys in Shame

    Excerpt: McQueen favors uncomfortably long takes with a mostly static camera that moves only as much as it has to.  Like Ozu, there are many scenes where characters enter and exit the space and the camera simply waits for them to appear and run their course.  The long takes are exquisite, and an excellent reminder that one can make an interesting, gripping film without cutting every five seconds.  Jean Luc Godard is quoted as saying “Every edit is a lie.”  McQueen takes this as a challenge, and counters with long takes that imbue verisimilitude to Shame.


  2. "As a minority, person of color, part of the marginalization that America has created I am deeply hurt by the current state of the ‘land of the free.’ It seems to me that after centuries of enslavement, after the fight for equality and civil rights that my forefathers and mothers—Marcus Garvey, Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X, Angela Davis, Maya Angelou, Nikki Giovanni—fought for, we still do not belong. We still are judged by the color of our skin rather than the content of our character. We still reserve the right to be gunned down because of the tainted image you created for us, without cause. Billie Holiday’s Strange Fruit still seems relevant to me. And America continues to tell us that unless we drive Benz’s and sing about fame a la Jay Z and Beyonce, unless we perpetuate a standard of beauty and power and success that white supremacy has created, unless we perform a minstrel act for the world, we do not deserve justice. We deserve poverty, gang-violence, HIV. We deserve to be invisible, not thought of at all. And once you do acknowledge us, once you wake up and realize that black people exist, America has told us that you also have the right to premeditate and judge, feel threatened and kill, all because of a hoodie and ebony skin."

    Brianna Pierre, America: Your Beautiful, Not Mine

    To sign the NAACP petition to open a Civil Rights case against George Zimmerman, click here.


  3. I think its interesting how the majority of the world is non-caucasian, yet media and industry still harps on and reinforces the European standards of beauty, making it impossible for those who do not meet those standards to feel included. 

    Its almost an insult for the fashion industry to presume that by having that one latina or asian or black model walk down the runway, it satisfies the minorities who are watching or studying fashion. Honestly, this couldn’t be more untrue. 

    In Racial Diversity on the Runway,” Demi Sinclair tries to find out the reasons for the lack of diversity and honestly, I think they’re all bullshit. Some of the reasons include body specificity based on race, a need for a designer to have their ideal beauty and, my personal favorite, ethnicity=personality. 

    Okay, lets just get one thing straight. There is a certain body type that one may commonly see in respects to one race rather than the other, but I have seen curvy Asian girls and stick thin black girls. I’ve seen boyish latinas and voluptuous white chicks so the excuse that some of the models (women who’s jobs it is to look a certain way) don’t fit into that spectrum because of their race is bullshit.

    Secondly, designers, its nice that you have a lily white outlook on how pretty things should be, but in an industry that is heavily dependent on consumerism, don’t you think it’d be nice to, I don’t know appeal to as many consumers as possible? (i.e. hire models that aren’t white). Calvin Klein hasn’t used a black model in a while and that baffles me considering he dresses Kerry Washington and Zoe Saldana (however Saldana’s ignorant comments on race is an entirely different post.) So why is it that his vision can call for them to wear his clothes down a red carpet but not a host of black chicks down the runway? I call bullshit.

    Lastly, Sinclair found that one of the reasons casting directors don’t hire women of color is because the designer might be trying to get away from the supermodel aspect of the industry that was created in the 90s. This is just the most bullshit of all the bullshits. Like its moreso fuckery than bullshit. Having a certain skin-tone does not make you more or less interesting. Believe me, I have a latina friend who is anything but spicy. I’ve met black chicks who are as quiet as mice, and not all white girls are sticks in the mud. 

    Plus, am I wrong when I say that Cara Delevingne could single handedly sell Burberry vis-a-vis her Vine and Instagram? As the top up-and-coming model (modern day Kate Moss to many), Delevingne makes it a point to have a personality. So much so that she has Tumblr blogs dedicated to her and anyone who picks up a magazine knows her fucking name. Yet Jourdan Dunn, a black model who is just as present on the runways (she was in just about every show with Delevingne during British fashion week), has way less coverage because she has way less personality. 

    I am neither Alek Wek nor Jourdan Dunn. Not every Brazilian looks like Gisele Bundchen. The fashion industry makes it a point to highlight different takes on eurocentricity, making it easier for my caucasian friends to find inspiration in Cara Delevinigne, Kate Upton or Karlie Kloss, but what about the majority of women who are not pale skinned, and light eyed?

    Beyonce and Kerry Washington, while African American still adhere to certain aspects of the European aesthetic and generational plight of colorism within America, and to be quite honest I’m tired of seeing the same women of color, whether celebrities or models, gracing the covers of magazines and projecting a rather close-minded idea on diversity when Editors-In-Chief have no problem finding white models that are on opposite sides of the spectrum and in between when it comes to their look.

    These periodical celebrations of curves and color? They need to be canceled out in favor of including them in the spreads that would normally lack minorities. Instead of wasting time and money appealing to a group in one issue of a magazine, or one runway show, the industry needs to come to the realization that women of color wear clothes, too. We read W and Vogue, not just Essence and Ebony. We value a great Calvin Klein pump or Burberry coat just as much as the next white girl, but we want to see people WHO LOOK LIKE US in the spreads.

    How is creating a place for inspiration reserved solely for the patriarchal white society that still rules American consumerism and the fashion industry? Why can’t women of color enjoy the escapism that comes with playing dress-up, too? By not including us in your everyday thought and creation process, you’re telling billions of women of color that they don’t matter. That we warrant only a months worth of your time. But we do, and the world just needs to understand that hiring a black, Asian or latino model to be in a spread that is NOT defined by “Carnival Vacation” or “Black is Beautiful” would not bring down the house that Anna built, but potentially turn it into a monument.

  4. raydennisexperience:

    General Mills’ new Cheerios commercial ‘Just Checking’ features an interracial child/family and has generated such a racist response the Company decided to disable YouTube comments. Guess we’re not post-racial yet. Unreal.

    Kudos to General Mills for sticking by it’s casting decision:

    The ad will “absolutely not” be withdrawn, Meredith Tutterow, associate marketing director for Cheerios and Multigrain Cheerios at General Mills

    Source Source2

    I mean this commercial is so cute. I saw it the other day and didn’t even think twice at seeing an interracial couple on TV. I think its interesting that there has been such a racist response to this particular commercial and not a controversy over the relationships portrayed on shows like Scandal. In my opinion, interracial relationships are oftentimes never cemented in a reality that allows for a happy ending or traditional familial structure.

    In the schema of Scandal, for example, Liv and Fitz are having an affair, he’s the president of the U.S. and she is a thirty something whom one would assume is not looking to have children any time soon. The idea of a stereotypical household being created between the two is impossible. 

    In another TV show featuring an interracial couple, The Vampire Diaries, the writer almost never allows for Bonnie and Jeremy to be completely happy. First, they break up because Jeremy lies to her about seeing supernatural ghosts (just go along with the crazy folklore plotlines). However, they haven’t even really spent much time together when this happens because Plec uses the last half of the season to set up their canon and then ships Bonnie off to her estranged mother during the summer and hiatus of the show. Eventually, Jeremy and Bonnie realize that they’re each other’s soulmates, only to have Jeremy die midseason. When he does return, with Bonnies help, he confesses his love for her, but its too late because Bonnie has sacrificed herself and is now a ghost, yet again making sure that they can’t be together.

    Its seems as if Plec gets off on these two characters in particular not getting what they want whereas the main character of Elena can somehow manage to have steady relationships with two brothers, and even Klaus, a hybrid, can find some retribution in creating offspring.

    These are just two examples of interracial relationships which I witness on my television weekly, and it seems to me that the only way the writers feel the population can accept these relationships is if they’re in a constant state of contestation rather than contentment. Its almost as if black and white have replaced Montague and Capulet in the star-crossed lover’s pact and interracial couplings present a sense of dangerous spontaneity to the modern day thinker.

    However, as someone who has an interracial family, I’d say that this Cheerios commercial is the most realistic out of the three scenarios I just presented. And its this idea being so realistic that offends everyone. But as Ricky Gervais so famously stated, “Just because you’re offended, doesn’t mean you’re right.”

    P.S. Props to you General Mills for sticking to your guns.

    (Source: youtube.com, via oddlegs)

  5. itsdramakingbitch:

    The SHADE!

    But to be fair I’m not a huge fan of JT, he’s like Vanilla Ice and Usher’s lovechild.

    If this is a quote from Chris Brown, its really interesting, because my professor and I were discussing both of them yesterday in office hours.

    (Source: imatalentlessman)

  6. Doing a paper on Justin Timberlake for my African American Lit Class. I’m gonna miss college.

    (Source: thebeautycomesofeverywhere)

  7. Currently Watching: The Girl on the Motocycle 

    I might have a slight obsession with Alain Delon.

    (Source: dazavantgarden)

  8. I’m in love with these two girls and their talk about friendship. If you don’t know who they are, the blonde is Teresa Palmer. She’s most known for her role as badass alien in I Am Number Four. The gorgeous brunette is Pheobe Tonkin, who is just as badass, playing a mean-girl witch on the Secret Circle, before trying her hand as the sexy she-wolf with abandonment issues, Hayley, on The Vampire Diaries. Enjoy their talk about being besties and check out the full post over on The Conversation.


  9. Kindle Kurrents: We Need To Talk About Kevin

    So I’ve been loving my Kindle lately. After watching The Perks of Being a Wallflower I felt it a duty to myself to reread the novel by Stephen Chobsky, and I wasn’t disappointed. It was still as beautiful and relatable as when I was a kid. I had actually forgotten that I had read it, as I was always scouring through books in the back of church as a child, but now that I’ve rediscovered my love of avid reading, I’m thinking that I’m going to keep up my hobby. Instead of just reading novels because they’re assigned to me (English majors do that some time), I’ve found that reading books that I want to read for no reason at all is just as infectious as it was when I was that dorky 12-year-old kid with thick glasses and thicker hair. 


    My read this week is We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver.It should be no surprise seeing as how I’ve been raving about the film. The novel is vastly different from the adaptation as its epistolary in form, much like Perks. I find great alignment with Eva Khatchadourian in her lust for travel and hesitations about motherhood so far. I’m really interested in finding out how the prescence of Kevin affects her outlooks on life and the intro of the novel has grasped my curiousties well. Its a hard read, however; the worldliness of Eva allows for her to have a vast archive of terms in her mind, but luckily my Kindle comes complete with a dictionary. I hope that this book has a great ending, well, in the grand scheme of things, I guess. Here’s a snippet of music, something I’ve been listening to while reading in the spring sunlight. Its Sentimental Heart by She & Him. Enjoy.

  10. domcmxcii:

    Alain Delon et Jane Birkin