On Melanin Envy: Al Jolson’s Mammy

It was the first talking film. The main character sang about his “mammy.” He sings about her and is wearing blackface. Isn’t that proof Jolson’s character had melanin envy? Why does a Jewish man need to wear Blackface as a Jazz singer? It just doesn’t compute. There’s more…much more… The “Jazz Singer” was inspired by…… Continue reading On Melanin Envy: Al Jolson’s Mammy

Denzel Washington Film Features The Philosophy and Opinions of Marcus Garvey

Like all good props, whether they be Dorothy’s ruby slippers or Luke’ Skywalker’s lightsaber or Morpheus’ mirror shades, Antwone’s copy of the Philosophy & Opinions of Marcus Garvey not only transforms him, it alters how he is perceived, as well.

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