by Emmanuel Akitobi
August 6, 2012 9:51 AM 69 Comments
L-R: Jasmine Guy and Juliette Fairley at red carpet premiere
of the short film 'Mulatto Saga'.
"There's a lack of roles in Hollywood for bi-racial women. So, I create my own content that I star in and in the process I create work for other actors of all races, genders and nationalities," said Fairley whose mother is white and father African American."
Did you get that? I'll wait for you to pick your jaw up from off the floor.
Actress Juliette Fairley has decided to write, produce, and star in her own films because, essentially, bi-racial actresses ain't eatin' in Hollywood like they should.
I really don't know what to say about that, except that I respectfully disagree.
And that I must be dreaming, because never in a million years would I have imagined I'd hear someone with fully-functioning eyes say such a thing.
Fairley's first two short films, Mulatto Saga, and Juliette Fairley's Mulatto's Dilemma, will be followed by a third film titled Juliette Fairley's Diary of a Mulatto Bride, for which casting is currently underway.
I could go on and on about how incredibly absurd the above quote (taken from the press release below) is, and I could counter it by providing countless examples of bi-racial actresses who seem to always have a job, be it in film or on television.
But I won't, because there are obviously some serious underlying personal issues involved in this movement of Fairley's; issues with which those of us of a dissimilar background likely cannot relate. So any argument against it from my own perspective would be futile.
Check out the press release on the film's premiere last week:
(Los Angeles, August 6, 2012) A Different World star Jasmine Guy lead the line up of celebrities attending the red carpet premiere
of the short film Mulatto Saga, which kicks off its two-month rotation on network affiliates and cable stations on Tuesday, August 7 on the CW-Network (WWHO-TV) in Columbus, Ohio at 12 noon.
Following the screening of Mulatto Saga and its sequel Juliette Fairley's Mulatto's Dilemma at the Mayme Clayton Museum last week, Actress Jasmine Guy moderated a Q and A about the film, interracial relationships and the sometimes hairy task of being bi-racial.
"The film Mulatto Saga is different and fresh. I grew up hating the word "mulatto" but I've learned to embrace it," said Guy whose mother is white and father African American.
Guy is best known for her role as Southern belle Whitley Gilbert in the Cosby tv show spinoff A Different World that she starred in along
with Cree Summer, Jada Pinkett-Smith and Darryl Bell.
For weekly station information and air dates for the film visit the syndicator's website, which is updated every Thursday at http://www.badamitv.com/nowplaying.php. Directed by Spike Lee's assistant director Michael Pinckney and based
on the stage play directed by filmmaker Charles Burnett, Mulatto Saga stars Juliette Fairley, Cassidy Knight, Kaylee Souther and Yacine Simpore. Fairley is currently casting her third short film called Juliette Fairley's Diary of a Mulatto Bride and raising funds for production on indiegogo.com and by selling a DVD of Mulatto Saga and its sequel Juliette Fairley's Mulatto's Dilemma at www.MulattoSaga.org.
"There's a lack of roles in Hollywood for bi-racial women. So, I create my own content that I star in and in the process I create work for other actors of all races, genders and nationalities," said Fairley whose mother is white and father African American. Sponsor Coty perfumes ended the red carpet premiere on Wednesday by gifting attendees with Halle Berry, Celine Dion and Kimora Lee Simmons gift sets while Halfbreed Clothing Co raffled shirts to ten lucky winners.