Our monitor of the ultimately disappointing “Roll Bounce” is below.
We’d like to make a recommendation for an Off Broadway show called “Drumstruck” (
It’s an interactive and really fun experience for the family, couples, friends, gifts, business, first dates, etc.
You’re a bona fide grouch if you walk away from this performance feeling cranky.
It’s located at Dodger Stages in
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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) :
R O L L B O U N C E
[Release Date: 9/23/05]
Bow Wow, Chi McBride
; screenplay written by Norman Vance, Jr.; directed by Malcolm D. Lee; produced by Robert Teitel, George Tillman, Jr.; executive produced by Dana J. Reid, Adam Robinson, Jeremiah Samuels; studio – Fox Searchlight Pictures
LOW TO EXCESSIVE [1+]
DEROGATORY JEWISH TERMS
NOTE : Do we really have to keep getting this type of film from Black executives (with the certainly gleeful push by White executives) who are supposed to be doing “well”? Malcolm D. Lee did “The Best Man,” which other than the N-word, was a pretty good film; he’s also the cousin of Spike Lee. Robert Teitel and George Tillman, Jr. were the producers of “Barbershop” and “Soul Food,” which were also two decent films. It’s indeed a mystery (and possibly a reflection of their self-hatred?) on why they choose to keep promoting the N-word; downplaying and laughing at slavery and Africa; overusing “ain’t” and substituting “they” for their and they are; and overdoing jokes on being bi-racial, on skin color, on having bad hair or good hair. We’re even given a remnant of Chappelle’s Show – Charlie Murphy revitalizing one of his characters from that show – spare us…please.
It’s just getting ridiculous that practically every “Black” movie that gets the greenlight continues to portray Blacks so overall negatively and stereotypically. There are many Blacks who don’t use the N-word; who know the history of slavery, Africa, and the mountainous accomplishments of Blacks; who don’t use “ain’t” as an everyday part of their vocabulary; who properly use “they are” and “their”; who love whatever skin color they have (from light to dark) and it’s not a daily focal point or thought to be laughed at or ridiculed; and who love their natural hair and wear it as they were born with it (from straight to tightly curled) and have no intentions or thoughts of chemically altering it. If the so-called “smart” ones who had opportunities and cultural exposure growing up (or at least gained it along the way) choose to go down this road, then is it any wonder why we get horrendous lyrics and videos from so many Black entertainers these days, who unabashedly boast about their lack of education, dysfunctional homes, and how rough life can be in the hood or ghetto? Come on people, get it together and stop playing yourselves and letting others happily allow you to do what they can only indirectly (through greenlighting) get you to do to yourselves. Enough of the ignorance already. Where’s the balance?
The one positive of the movie may be the soundtrack. The only slip-up there is that for the song “Boogie Oogie Oogie,” they chose to do a remake by Keyshia Cole instead of using the original. Why? Cole does the song no justice and if the other originals are intact, why drop the ball here?
Since “Roll Bounce” chooses to elaborate on the senseless topic of what “good” hair and “bad” hair is supposed to be, we decided to give you a few links on the topic, with the focus on the natural, since according to this movie, that is supposedly the “bad” hair. Our question is how can hair that can be “afro” in the morning, then “straight” at night, and then back to “afro” the next morning be considered “bad” in any way? Isn’t that what can, in fact, be called the ideal hair because of its diversity, strength, and ability to change quickly and not be destroyed? Well, below are some links that some may find interesting and informative. And remember, don’t believe the hype of what’s “good” or “bad” hair – whether it’s coming directly from someone who looks like you or more subtly from marketing and advertising campaign onslaughts of what’s supposed to be acceptable “beauty” standards done by those who, oddly enough, look nothing like you!
BN-W Monitor Coming Soon: “The Gospel” [Boris Kodjoe, Clifton Powell, Tamyra Gray]; “Jarhead” [Jamie Foxx, Jake Gyllenhall]; “Get Rich or Die Tryin’” [Curtis ‘50 Cent’ Jackson]; “Rent” [Taye Diggs, Rosario Dawson, Jesse L. Martin]; “In the Mix” [Usher]; “Syriana” [Jeffrey Wright, George Clooney, Matt Damon]; “Pink Panther” [Steve Martin, Beyonce Knowles]
Also Coming : DVD Monitoring; Fall 2005 Music Monitoring