An Encore of No Anticipation: Is this the year the Academy Awards finally gets its bias under wraps?

“It would, the Academy promised, “take immediate action to increase diversity by adding new members who are not Governors to its executive and board committees where key decisions about membership and governance are made”. The board passed a series of measures to remove from its voting rolls members who have not been active in the film industry for many years, and establish a precedent requiring active engagement in the industry for new members.”–TheVillagesSunTimes.com

Despite the good news that the Academy Awards is finally going to clean up its act after years of blatant racism, my eyes still glaze over at the hoopla surrounding it.  This has always been an issue despite the indifference it has been met with by the general public in the past.  I say that because the Academy has been racist longer than it has exercised acceptance and tolerance on a consistent scale. Many of the African-American celebrities who voiced their sentiments in protest against attending this year because of the unabashed prejudice in the Academy’s upper echelons, seem like people screaming about spilled milk on the floor when the entire house is on fire.

The Academy Awards is just one facet among many of America’s institutions that need a good enema. Still reeling from the open and unrepentant blood lust of police departments all across this country, I, like so many other African-Americans have grown weary of the racist culture that seems to thrive amid all this “diversity.” Trying to cover all the bases and nip this kind of insidious bias in the bud is like playing a never-ending game of “whack-a-mole.” The Academy Awards is just another river to cross.  For those who don’t see the connection between dead, Black bodies on the street and snubbed Black thespians watch the images you are fed through the media even closer.  What you are being presented with on the golden screen as opposed to the ugly that happens behind the scenes is incalculable.

That last statement might have been a bit much, but I’m still surprised that many people just don’t get it., STILL..

To add insult to injury, we still have to wait 4 more years in order to see any changes that the Academy heads propose.  What are these folks preparing for?  How many years has it been since these changes were desperately needed, anyway?  Okay, okay, I understand…it’s a business thing…these plans have to be rolled out, right?  Understood, but what fresh madness will be waiting on the horizon in 2020 when the first phase of Operation “Make it Right” comes to full fruition.  Sure, business-as-usual will change for the better and more renown African-American thespians will finally get their just do, but I think African-Americans in this area will still be playing catch-up to keep in stride with the pack.  Somehow, things just always seem to play out that way over time. It’s sickening.

I hope history ceases to repeat itself!

What’s your take on the Academy Awards debacle?

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So…You’re a Freelance Writer, Huh?

I was piddling around wondering what my first topic of discussion would be and I came across an obvious one for me, as a freelancer.  Some folks I deal with wonder how in the world anyone can make a living as a writer.  In today’s world, with internet start-ups popping up everyday, the prospect proves itself to be a highly feasible one.  But, I remember the days when freelance writing was a literal hustle.  I was trained and mentored by a person I consider to be one of the best, little-known writers in the business.  I was her apprentice back in the early 90’s.  She ran a clean, crisp start-up and was soon able to move out of her house into a swanky office. Sounds like a success story, but she ran into big-business sharks who didn’t want to pay for her research and writing…her sweat!  There were times when I didn’t get paid either because the business didn’t profit from a huge project.  So, my work went unrewarded, as well.  The work was stellar, however, it didn’t garner the respect of a fair payment for work performed. The contracts I drew up went blatantly disregarded by horrible business people. Needless to say, the business went under…but not my mentor!  What a lady!  It just goes to show that as real writers, we put up with all kinds of injustices just to be able to do what brings us joy.  I’m one of those people who was never dissuaded by the negativity of the business world, then or the naysayers now, thanks to a strong example. Funny…today, this lady is still my mentor and my only cheerleader in my endeavor to make this PWS project work.  She hasn’t given up, either.  She’s a small-time, playwright for a non-profit theater project in her locality and a darn, good playwright at that…but, again, little-known.  Such is the writer’s life.  She’s happy doing her thing and so am I!

I’m sure I’m not the only writer with war stories to share, so let us know your story.  Share how you braved the freelance-writing storm.  Perhaps your experience can help others who may be struggling internally with the notion of becoming a full-fledged freelancer, despite the all the “hot air” out there.  Perhaps you’re one of those who thinks this whole “freelance writing thing” is useless and a moot service that really doesn’t deserve its own market.  Either way, let us know what you think.

Hello Everyone!

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This is the initial post to my first website endeavor.  I hope that we will work together, share great writing, speak our opinions and discuss solutions to today’s issues, all the while, keeping the spirit of decorum and positivity.  Look for more of my blogs and work in the future.  But for now, read some of my latest stuff.  Introduce yourself, leave your thoughts…Enjoy!  http://hubpages.com/politics/The-Illusive-Mr-Jones