Politics produces strange bedfellows, as the saying goes (or words to that effect). But strange or not, bedfellows do speak volumes about the public figures they're in bed with -- even for just a one-night stand.
Case in point: actor/progressive activist, Danny Glover, has just inked an $18-million deal with Venezuela's new Villa del Cine, a state-owned movie studio, to produce a feature film on Toussaint L'Ouverture, the father of the New World's first Black republic, Haiti. Kudos, Brother Glover!
I have no beef with this union. In fact, I think it's a good thing. However, it is sad that a respected actor such as Glover cannot raise a measly $18mm (by Hollywood standards, anyway) for a Black, 18th-century version of 'Braveheart' which his old 'Lethal Weapon' sidekick, Mel Gibson, could raise (even post-anti-Jewish rant) by close of business today.
It's a testament to the general public's appetite for all things Black and non-stereotypical. Or perhaps, more accurately, it's indicative of how Hollywood and Madison Avenue grossly underestimate the general public's interest in all things Black and non-stereotypical. Remember 'Roots', anyone?
30 years ago it was aired (before sweeps) as America's first prime-time (unintended) mini-series because the white TV executives didn't think it'd last as a regular weekly TV series. 30 years later, it still remains the most watched mini-series in American television history.
I suspect much of the problem (besides good old-fashion racism qua industry myopia) is that the folks best able to market substantive Black-themed movies, etc. are rarely the ones doing it.
Put such marketing in the right hands (how about qualified, experienced and creative folks who just happen to be Black, for instance) and with a sufficient budget, and I'm certain things would look much better at the box office for past and future movie projects.
(Granted, these folks aren't magicians. So, don't go thinking they could've made 'Soul Plane' worth watching.)
Bedfellow #2: Sheriff Harry Lee of Jefferson Parish
Remember way back when shortly after Hurricane Katrina, and Afro-Netizen blogged on this story: "After Blocking the Bridge, Gretna Circles the Wagons"?
Well, now a few years later, the wagons are circling again . . . around Hillary and her friendship with Sheriff Harry Lee of Jefferson Parish. Let's just say that ole Sheriff Lee of the infamous largely white New Orleans suburb of Gretna ain't so much "a friend of the negro" by many accounts, and no affected twang of Hillary's (or however many gratis commencement speeches she makes at HBCUs) will diminish the . . . interesting nature of this relationship she has with the sheriff.
(Afro-Netizen can't wait to see how the Clintonistas spin this one!)