Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Portrayals of Characters of Color in Cartoons


I wasn't going to write about this topic, but as I "researched" (meaning I googled the topic for 40 minutes), I can be silent no longer.

My husband and I were thinking about how when our daughter draws herself she insists on using just the right shade of brown. This brought memories of my experiences with Crayola crayons (early 90s) and how I only had two choices: brown and "burnt sienna." If a child had fairer skin, she had the choice of "flesh," peach, tan, pink, and beige. The problem back then was the only way I could color my loved ones was to vary my pressure with my brown crayon. Lighter-skinned black people were out of luck.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

A Letter to Black Hollywood

Dear Black Filmmakers, Screenwriters, and Producers,

Please stop remaking films into Black-centered comedies. They turn out bad and make people not want to see movies featuring Black people. Stop it.

Sincerely yours,