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Hudlin TV / Re: The Emmys: As White As Regina King
« on: September 08, 2010, 01:12:48 pm »
Yes, I am a freelance writer/producer/director in both the DGA and WGAw.  I work in the music variety and documentary genres.
Reginald D. Brown

Writing / Re: Why August Wilson Was No Tyler Perry
« on: September 07, 2010, 10:49:21 pm »
Brilliantly written observation on a great playwright, August Wilson.  If one of his plays were turned into a feature film, I would surely go see it.

Directing / Re: your favorite directors of all time
« on: September 07, 2010, 10:39:42 pm »
These are my five favorite directors and in no particular order:

Spike Lee
Michael Schultz
Norman Jewison
Billy Wilder
Antoine Fuqua

Hudlin TV / Re: The Emmys: As White As Regina King
« on: September 07, 2010, 10:30:55 pm »
Regina King's article RE: The Emmys as White as Ever" is a poignant revelation of the status quo in Hollywood and the entertainment industry in general.  Some pundits would say Regina is "whinning" in a so-called "Post Racial Society.   However, those who would continue to keep black people, specifically, in the dark about their heritage and contributions to American culture would confuse you with that Point of View.  Just because our current President is of a darker hue, doesn't mean that racism has been eradicated from the consciousness of Americana.

One significant point I'd like to make in reference to Regina's last comment in her letter: "What is the process in determining who will and will not be recognized during the Emmy memoriam?"  You see, all voters for the Emmys must be a working professional in all TV catogories and a current member of the academy to vote.  In addition, the voter must have worked on a signatory company broadcast production within the last 5 years.

Since the majority of the voters are "white", there is no way a black themed or latino themed program could ever be nominated for an award.  That is why you never see quality black programs like the Essence Awards or the NAACP Image Awards nominated.  There aren't enough black members in the academy to vote on a program or a black director or below-the-line industry professional.  Most black productions that are produced on BET or a TV one or syndicated TV are not signatory to the Guilds.  Therefore, another "brick wall" that prevents national exposure of quality black programming.

You see, the racism is institutional.  Unless the institution and the rules are changed, we will forever see "The Emmys as White as Ever."

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