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BN-W eNewsletter #43

Posted in: eNews 2005
By BN-W
Aug 18, 2005 - 1:50:27 PM

FILM(S) MONITORED
BROKEN FLOWERS
FOUR BROTHERS
THE UNTOLD STORY OF EMMETT LOUIS TILL


 

Before getting to this week’s monitor of “Broken Flowers,” “Four Brothers,” and “The Untold Story of Emmett Louis Till,” below is the complete and properly matched up list for the African American males that we gave in BN-W #41 and #42 as examples of careers and characters that Black male actors could play as opposed to pimps, hustlers, drug dealers, and rappers as displayed in “Hustle & Flow.”  Hope you enjoyed our little mix and match.   Following is the chart as well as three links that we included with BN-W #42.

www.aaregistry.com/categories.php
www.blackinventor.com/pages/history.html
www.black-collegian.com/african/inventors.shtm

WHO?

WHAT?

(1) Norbert Rillieux

Invented an evaporator for the sugar-refining industry

(2) Bernard Shaw

Former principal anchor for Cable News Network (CNN)

(3) Guion Stewart Bluford, Jr.

First African American space astronaut

(4) Paul R. Williams

Designed the Grave of the Unknown Soldier memorial located in Hawaii

(5) W.E.B. Du Bois

Prominent sociologist, scholar, and editor

(6) Michael Croslin

Invented Medtech 410 to measure blood pressure

(7) Hale Woodruff

Painted Amistad murals at Talladega College

(8 Daniel Hale Williams

Performed first successful open heart surgery

(9) Frederick Douglass

Famous abolitionist, orator, and writer

(10) Duke Ellington

Great jazz composer, bandleader, and pianist

(11) Julian Francis Abele

Famous architect who designed buildings for Duke University and New York University

(12) Thurgood Marshall

First African American on the U.S. Supreme Court

(13 Charles Hamilton Houston

Lawyer who laid the groundwork for the Brown v. Board of Education ruling

(14) Benjamin Banneker

Famous mathematician and surveyor (on the team that planned the District of Columbia )

(15) Alexander T. Augusta

First Black doctor to head a hospital in the U.S.

(16) Richard Allen

Co-founder of the Free African Society

(17) Absalom Jones

A minister and abolitionist known as “the Black Bishop of the Episcopal Church”

(18 George Washington Carver

Botanist who found 300 products that could be made from peanuts

(19) William Grant Still

Symphonic composer and musician

(20) Charles Drew

Developed blood banks to efficiently store large quantities of blood plasma

(21) James A. Jones

Invented a vertical spring that enables cars to have convertible tops

(22) Ernest Everett Just

Renowned researcher in cytology – specialty in the structure of animal cells

(23) Matthew Henson

An explorer who was part of the team that discovered the North Pole

(24) Frederick M. Jones

Invented refrigeration equipment that allowed for the long-distance transport of food

(25) Jan E. Matzeliger

Invented a machine that automated the joining of the top of the shoe to its sole

(26) Adam Clayton Powell, Jr.

First Black Representative elected to the U.S. Congress from New York

(27) Paul Robeson

Multi-talented entertainer (actor, singer, athlete) and civil/social rights activist

(28) Frank Robinson

First Black manager of a major league baseball team

(29) George Baker

Founded the Father Divine Peace Mission during the Great Depression

(30) Theodore Lawless

Dermatologist who helped develop cures for several rare skin diseases

(31) Henry Brown

A slave who decided to mail himself to freedom from Virginia to Philadelphia

(32) William A. Hinton

World-famous work in venereal disease and for developing the test for syphilis

(33) Stevland Morris

Singer, songwriter, and civil rights activist

(34) Thomas L. Jennings

First Black to earn a U.S. patent, which was for a dry-cleaning process

(35) Samuel L. Gravely

First Black commander of a Navy ship, then became first Black rear admiral

(36) Louis T. Wright

Famous for research in cancer and founded Harlem Hospital’s Cancer Research Center

(37) Benjamin Carson

Refined techniques to stop intractable seizures and is a pediatric neurosurgeon

(38) Granville T. Woods

Inventor whose induction telegraph system allowed train engineers to communicate

(39) Lloyd A. Hall

Held more than 75 patents in the meat-packing industry, primarily curing meats

(40) Andrew Young

First African American ambassador to the United Nations

(41) Garrett A. Morgan

Invented the gas mask, which was successfully used in World War I

(42) W.B. Purvis

Received patents for the fountain pen, bag machine, bag fastener, and hand stamp

(43) Henry Blair

Second African American to obtain a patent and first inventor to have race noted on patent

 

 

We have another commentary on the N-word to share with you.   Click on this link for Gregory Kane’s piece which was on blackamericaweb.com:

Commentary: Think of Yourself as the N-Word,
and You'll Never Be More Than That

For those interested in learning about African American history in general and Malcolm X in particular, there is an excellent exhibit going on about his life (Malcolm X:   A Search for Truth) at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture ( 515 Malcolm X Boulevard, Harlem, NY – at 135th Street 212-491-2207 www.schomburgcenter.org ).   This exhibit started this year on May 19th (his birthday) and will run through December 31st.   The Schomburg also has an excellent gift/book shop.   As we all know, if we don’t seek out historically factual information, the schools and many “educators” will neither teach it nor lead our kids in the right direction.   The Schomburg is also responsible for the www.inmotionaame.org Web site that we shared with you in BN-W #24.

A DVD we’d also like to recommend is “Africans in America:   America’s Journey Through Slavery.”   It’s excellent!   Narrated by Angela Bassett with surprising statements from Colin Powell (yes, indeed!), it’s a must for adults, kids, and the DVD/library collection.   One tip when viewing it is to turn the “Captions” feature on.   You can read and listen at the same time.   It really helps in keeping you riveted.   www.pbs.org/wgbh/aia/home or to order by phone call 800-255-9424 .

With our new monitoring format, we will no longer put the range for the number of times the N-word is used in a film because once is too much, especially if it’s unnecessary and/or excessive usage.   Also, based on the history of White Supremacy in this country and the fact that there’s a connection between Blacks/Jews/White Supremacy that’s worth exploring in general, but specifically as it connects within the entertainment industry, we will include a column (for the monitored films only) that will note if any derogatory Jewish slang terms (kike, hymie, hooknose, etc.) are used.   [ NOTE:   If necessary, see BN-W #34 for a more detailed explanation of the unfortunate need to monitor this.]

If you missed any other BN-W monitors, just send an e-mail to bannword2@yahoo.com and request that it be sent to you.   It’s very hard not to give any content critique on the films we monitor, so we will no longer even attempt to abide by that statement.   But we definitely do continue to highly encourage you to see these films for yourself and, if applicable, make your own judgment call on the N-word usage – appropriate/inappropriate? necessary/unnecessary? sensible/nonsensical? does it add to or take away from the film’s concept? does the N-word have to be used at all? is there a valid reason for doing so? is it mandatory for the scene(s) to be effective? what are the circumstances/situation that necessitate any use of the word? is it just thrown in for humor, fear, crime, insult? are other culturally insulting slang terms used as much as the N-word in the film?   Lots of questions and a whole lot of reasons to wonder what’s the real purpose and thought process behind why these actors, writers, directors, producers, executive producers, distributors, and studios/studio heads and executives give the “greenlight” for these crews to liberally use (or allow to be used) the N-word.

FEATURE FILM(S) :

B R O K E N   F LO W E R S

[Release Date:   8/5/05]

Starring Bill Murray, Jeffrey Wright; screenplay written by Jim Jarmusch; directed by Jim Jarmusch; produced by Jon Kilik, Stacey Smith; executive produced by [not listed]; studio – Focus Features
 

NONE [0]

LOW TO EXCESSIVE [1+]

DEROGATORY JEWISH TERMS

XXXXX

 

NO

NOTE :   Probably the best actor out there right now – Jeffrey Wright – is in this film and steals every scene he’s in.   He’s already won numerous awards for his acting (including a Tony, Golden Globe, Emmy).   If Terrence Howard is being pushed on us as a potential Oscar nominee for “Hustle & Flow” (gasp!!), then Wright should definitely be in the running for a best supporting actor nomination for this movie.   The soundtrack to this film also seems to be really good.

F O U R   B R O T H E R S

[Release Date:   8/12/05]

Starring Tyrese Gibson, Andre Benjamin, Mark Wahlberg; screenplay written by David Elliot, Paul Lovett; directed by John Singleton; produced by Lorenzo Di Bonaventura; executive produced by Ric Kidney, Erik Howsam; studio – Paramount Pictures
 

NONE [0]

LOW TO EXCESSIVE [1+]

DEROGATORY JEWISH TERMS

 

XXXXX

NO

NOTE :   Mark Wahlberg is supposed to be the “man” and uses the terms “house nigger” and “midnight” when referring to Blacks.   There’s also excessive and ridiculous supposed vigilantism from regular guys who for some reason shoot at and actually shoot or kill the Black guys yet treat the White guy rather kindly, even picking him up from the snow and dusting off his coat and/or fixing his collar.   [In other words, they actually allow him to explain his side of the story.   Oh, how sweet!]   There’s also a scene where the brothers are arguing and the Wahlberg character gets pushed while the Gibson character gets punched in the face by the Benjamin character.   There’s also the heavy-accented, hot-blooded, highly sexed, loud talking Latina stereotype added to the mix.   As for the director John Singleton, after this movie and that “Hustle” one, Bruce Banter of playahata.com states it best:   “you have a promising career with the small cabal of Hollywood exec’s that send these subtle White power messages.   John just keep doing what you’re doing – they love you right about now.   I have now confirmed that for the right price you will use your brilliance to introduce and justify anything.”

T H E   U N T O L D   S T O R Y   OF   E M M E T T   L O U I S   T I L L

[Release Date:   8/17/05]

[Documentary]   Directed by Keith A. Beauchamp; produced by Keith A. Beauchamp; executive produced by Edgar Beauchamp, Ceola Beauchamp, Steve Laitmon, Ali Bey, Jacki Ochs; studio – THINKFilm
 

NONE [0]

LOW TO EXCESSIVE [1+]

DEROGATORY JEWISH TERMS

 

XXXXX

NO

NOTE :   This documentary is a must see!   If you get a chance to see it, take note of its N-word usage.   Right now, it’s only playing at the Film Forum in New York City ( 209 W. Houston Street, Village area – off 6th Avenue 212-727-8110 www.filmforum.org/films/untold.html) for two weeks August 17th – 30th.   It’s supposed to be released nationwide in September.   Let’s see if it gets the critical praise it deserves.   Let’s see if the critics push for a best documentary Oscar nomination on this film as well.   We await the outcome.   For a photo of Emmett Till's corpse, visit:   http://www.temple.edu/ .   For the official website, visit:   http://www.emmetttillstory.com/index1.html or http://maafa.org/emmett.html.   For the Democracy Now interview with producer/director Keith Beauchamp, visit:   http://democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=05/06/15/1345228

We’d also be remiss not to mention the connection of Emmett Till and John H. Johnson who decided to put the photo of the horribly and wrongfully murdered 14-year-old in Jet magazine, which helped get national exposure and be part of the catalyst for the Civil Rights Movement.   As everyone knows by now, Johnson passed away on August 8th at 87 years old.   He had a long life and truly saw it all in terms of America’s strengths and weaknesses, especially as it relates to racism, which still continues to shine based on the scant coverage of his death.   As expected and as is typical of the American media, very little was said about Johnson – but stories on the death of Peter Jennings and all his “greatness” were overwhelming (meaning it left you wanting less, not more).   Not taking anything away from Jennings, but Johnson’s life and death certainly deserved just as much attention.   Following are some links that you might find interesting on Johnson’s life, accomplishments, triumphs, and stumbles that the media simply CHOSE not to publicize.   Please note that in the “Undercovering John H. Johnson” link there are links at the end of the piece that you might find interesting reading.  

http://www.johnsonpublishing.com

http://www.democracynow.org/  

"Undercovering John H. Johnson”:
http://www.maynardije.org

Guest Book for John H. Johnson:
http://www.legacy.com/Link.asp?

BN-W Monitor Coming Soon:   “The Man” [Samuel L. Jackson, Eugene Levy]; “Roll Bounce” [Bow Wow, Chi McBride]; “Underclassman” [Nick Cannon]; “The Gospel” [Clifton Davis, Tamyra Gray]; “Jarhead” [Jamie Foxx, Jake Gyllenhall]; “Get Rich or Die Tryin’” [Curtis ‘50 Cent’ Jackson]; “Rent” [Taye Diggs, Rosario Dawson, Jesse L. Martin]; “Dying for Dolly” [Usher]; “Syriana” [Jeffrey Wright, George Clooney, Matt Damon]; “An Unfinished Life” [Jennifer Lopez, Robert Redford, Morgan Freeman]; “Pink Panther” [Steve Martin, Beyonce Knowles];

Also Coming :   DVD Monitoring; Summer 2005 Music Monitoring

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