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Ode to Black History

Just like Maya

I wish I could write

I wish my words

Would inspire others to join the fight


Like Harriet

I wish I was brave

I’d be so legit

Leading to freedom, today’s modern slaves


I wish I could dream

Like Langston or Martin

I’d come up with great things

To have a part in


And if I was bold

Like Angela Davis

I’d be like Sojourner Truth

I’d be courageous


Or maybe I’d want to be immovable

Like Rosa Parks

I’d want even my sitting

To light a spark


Or what if I could speak

Like Mr. Frederick Douglass

I’d be able to voice the truth

For so many of us


And if like W.E.B. DuBois or Carter G. Woodson

I was smart

I would know where to end

I would know where to start


Yet if I was like Hattie McDaniel

I’d play my part

I’d create and cultivate

I’d perfect my art


If I were a strong leader like Malcolm

With the influence of Martin

Maybe I would soften some hearts

That have been hardened


But even if I’m just Chanel

With limitations

I can still do my part

To motivate this nation


If black history

Means so much to me

I’d put into practice

All that I could be


I’d learn from their examples

And I’d do my best

I would be who that had in mind

When they were on their quests







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Hattie McDaniel – Groundbreaking

wg_cracked_surface_texture_6.jpgGroundbreaking – breaking new ground; innovative; pioneering.

Hattie McDaniel became one of the first African American women to sing on radio by the 1920s. She became the first African American to win an oscar for her supporting role as Mammy in “Gone with the Wind” in 1940. An amazing feat seeing as though all of the film’s black actors were barred from attending the film’s premiere held in Atlanta, Ga.

McDaniel underwent scrutiny from the black community. They believed the she further perpetuated the stereotype of the African American as nothing more than a menial worker. However, by 1947, she starred on CBS radio’s The Beulah Show. Although she played a maid she managed to use her talents to break racial stereotypes.

Unfortunately, McDaniel suffered a heart attack around the same time they began filming a television version of the show. Actress Louise Beavers took over her role, which had initially been played by Ethel Waters.

McDaniel has been posthumously awarded two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in addition to being inducted into the Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame. Is there any reason to think anything other than groundbreaking when you think of Hattie McDaniel?

I did my best, and God did the rest. – Hattie McDaniel

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Society- Some Kind of Problem

Eventually you have to mature and understand that there are just more important things in life. It just hits you. I get that people want to take a stand with the Oscars. I understand it. I get there’s a lack of variety there and it should be addressed. I support doing what you want. If you want to boycott, I get it. If you don’t want to, I don’t think you’re a bad person for not. I get it.

But while I was talking to my brother I really thought about it. There are just more important things in life. There are people who are homeless, there are people who are sick in the world. People are dying, people are being persecuted. And to think about people being upset because they don’t receive a nomination or accolade for a prestigious award for pretending to be someone else is just tough to place on a pedestal compared to what’s happening in the world today. It’s just not high priority to me when I think about everything else.

It says a lot about our society that we spend so much money and time on these things and not on real issues. Not to get in a financial debate and all, because I do believe there is a talent that comes with acting that is very expressive. I’m a TV/Cinema major so I obviously believe or believed in the industry, and probably seem like I’m going against my degree and years and money of teaching by saying this, but oh well.

It bothered me to say and know its truth that the person who plays someone who saved lives makes more than the person who actually did the saving. They get accolades for pretending to be the person who was the doctor that found the cure, or who was the soldier who gave his all. While the actual, real life person almost goes unrecognized. And then there is this attitude to be upset about the person who didn’t receive an award for being the character of a person that most people didn’t know about it. How do we praise the performance/portrayal of a lifesaver more than we do the actual lifesaver?

Is that not some kind of a problem?

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