Calendar comments: Directors should hire black American actors
Black Americans Should Play African Americans
about “I have to do this” Greg Braxton [May 17]: Barry Jenkins told The Times: [slaves who escaped by the Underground Railroad]But Jenkins is the latest figure of an African-American director who rejected African-American actors when casting the main characters in movies and TV series.
Instead, they chose actors from other English-speaking countries, from the American legacy of slavery and Jim Crow, and actors who didn’t grow up with our unique American brand of police atrocities.
Over the past five years, Jenkins and other directors Regina King, Ava Duberney, Shaka King and others have provided us with the next African American historical figure played by an actor of the following nationalities: Did it. Harriet Tubman-British. Malcolm X – British. Muhammad Ali-Canadian. Fred Hampton-British. Aretha Franklin-British. And Coke (the “underground” escape slave) – South Africa.
Is this a good way to “congratulate these people”? What message are these directors sending to African-American actors? They tell the general public that our own American actors are not enough to portray African American heroes. Are you saying repeatedly?
It’s more than a question of injustice in the casting. All the performances I have seen by British and imported actors lack depth, reliability, warmth and humor. The hero is not displayed on the screen. We have an empty, technically sophisticated imitation.
I have never seen a part of “The Underground Railroad” series, but I was confused and saddened by the article about it. Jenkins wants his viewers to “see the other side of violence,” but the first episode shows a captive runaway slave whipped alive before being burned. The whiplash scene is pretty gruesome and will apply to the treatment many slaves endured. But do you burn and kill the slaves who escaped? This is a scene from a modern horror story. If Jenkins is to tell the truth about what the slaves went through, as mentioned later in the article, the fugitive was “sold to the river” after being separated from the children and his community. This asylum would have deeply hurt his heart and his life. Read one of Frederick Douglass’ autobiographies and read his insight that killing a slave’s soul is much worse than being killed.
Additionally, after Congress banned the importation of slaves in 1818, the sale of child and adolescent slaves became a booming business that increased the interests of slave owners. Slave owners rarely killed slaves, no matter how many times they tried to escape or fight, for they were valuable “property”. Hitting and sometimes torturing rebellious slaves was part of the truth of slavery, but treating slaves as property and denying their humanity was even more important.
I understand the Barry Jenkins series is a multi-layered horror story that focuses on their struggles and victories, but in this and many other Times articles, it’s extreme. It seems that the representation of violence is in the foreground. It was only later in this article that Jenkins was made aware of his intention to show that he was sometimes successful in resisting slaves.
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How to solve the homeless
about “Imagine the density, do it the Los Angeles way” [May 17]: Times columnist Carolina A. Miranda brilliantly described the challenges of the “Low Rise: Los Angeles Housing Ideas” architectural competition led by Mayor Eric Garcetti and chief designer Christopher Hawthorne. Showcasing the work of landscape architects, architects and urban designers, this initiative could be carried out with the governor and an extraordinary funding surplus.
Few cities in California can fund the types of design / field examinations needed to implement a feature-sensitive critical regional house design. Instead of incorporating these place-creating features into new homes, developers ignore the context of their neighborhood and scratch off lots of lots, including beautiful trees.
Thoughtful, location-based design and construction requires the approach presented in Mayor de Garsetti’s initiative. The state is to create a trust fund to provide the design / site resources for all cities in California that provide these thoughtful results. Equitable access to all neighborhoods in California.
Emily J. Gavel Rudy, FASLA
Most Angelenos can agree that Los Angeles County homes are affordable and homelessness has reached an astonishing rate. Contrary to Miranda’s conclusion that “we were crowded all the time”, we are actually under 50, so thousands of people live on the streets.
No one seems to agree on how to fix the problem. Here are five ideas that can have a significant impact:
1. Abolish the 1986 U Proposal in the City of Los Angeles and restore the basic zoning boundaries for mixed-use commercial boulevards.
2. Remove height restrictions on shopping boulevards so that the first idea works effectively.
3. Remove land use and parcel approvals from political and litigation controls to which they are currently subject and update plans and parcels.
4. Offer incentives and allow new models of shared and inclusive housing as standard.
It’s time to stop thinking about the little things and realize the big vision.
The state of mental health is not a demon
About Christi Carras and Angie Orellana Hernandez’s Online Article “Lady Gaga Says She Was In ‘Extreme Paranoia’ After Becoming Pregnant From Rape” [May 21]: This work on Lady Gaga’s terrible trauma turned out to be very delicate and treated with attention to the seriousness of the incident.
However, I do not agree with the use of the word “devil” to describe mental health problems. Explaining mental health with this cliché leads to prejudice. No one is saying that a person with hypertension “fights the devil” or that a black dog (Winston Churchill’s nickname for depression) was treating a diabetic with high blood sugar. These people have life-threatening illnesses that can be treated with medication.
The same goes for mental health issues, which can be treated with medication and therapy. Mental health is not an invisible monster, but it is a simple dysfunction in brain chemistry that can be caused by trauma or for no reason.
Mental health is a state of health, no more, no less.
I don’t want to criticize or insult, [to encourage] It is one of the few pre-post bases in endangered journalism technology and uses its weighted language to seek a more accurate and unbiased explanation of sanity.
Daniel P. Finney
Des Moines, Iowa
Most Memorable Comic Book Actor Set
“The genius of the strange comedy” by Michael Ordona ” [May 19]: In all the memory of Charles Grodin, I never saw him appear as the host of “Saturday Night Live”. His show was the most unique long-term show on the series.
At the height of its eccentric persona, the writers made the entire episode an obnoxious skit. To quote Bill Murray, a cast member at the time, “You are a pest, not a host.”
A film critic attacks his home
Justin Chang’s writings show a depth rarely found in any Times writer on any subject.
He uses words to draw pictures. He represents, for me, a very intelligent person, combined with erudition, which results in the use of a language almost inaccessible due to his use. For example, when was the last time you saw the “bourgeois whip”? [“Director Doesn’t Like us Either,” May 21] Used somewhere?
Reviews have achieved all relevant ratings
About Michael Wood’s review of Olivia Rodrigo’s album “Sour” knows exactly that feeling ” [May 21]: Wood was not as specific as he said.[S]He sings like an actor and writes like a screenwriter… ”
When I read this, I immediately fully accepted. It was as if Wood was in my head and had pulled some unexpected words out of my mind.
I also strongly admire the use of the vernaculars and how they complement the tone of the album very well, while maintaining professionalism as a reviewer.
They describe “jealousy, jealousy” as follows. It’s a perfect representation of the social pressures of social media and my feelings as Gen Z, always obsessed with perfection.
Everything in this review is perfectly expressed and written. I’m not changing anything.
The benefits of vaccination are …
Re: “Do you want a show? Get Vaccinated, ”by Charles McNulty, May 20. McNulty succeeded. Finally, the real voice of reason. I was waiting for a stern politician to do it.
I bring his column to a 99 year old neighbor who has been using pins and needles for 14 months. She will feel very good reading this.
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Praise the commentary from theater critic Charles McNulty. Please tell me briefly.
I’m sure he will get a counterattack, but I agree and support everything he wrote.
This is the second time that we have asked you to return the Golden Hour TV grid. I don’t have a computer or a smartphone. Thank you.
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