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102nd NAACP Convention To Include Screening Of "The Help" Followed By Discussion w/Stars & Director

by Jasmin
July 22, 2011 2:07 AM
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Yes, really.

We've written about The Help extensively on this site, and now the drama set in the 1960s segregated South will be presented in a special advanced screening at the 102nd NAACP National Convention next week, on July 27, at the Regal Cinemas L.A. LIVE Stadium 14 in Downtown Los Angeles.

The screening will be followed by a panel discussion with stars Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer and Bryce Dallas Howard, screenwriter/director Tate Taylor and author Kathryn Stockett, on whose debut novel the film is based.

The evening will also feature a special guest - pioneering civil rights leader and former NAACP Chairman Myrlie Evers-Williams, who will join in the panel discussion to give her first-hand perspective on the tumultuous times against which the film is set.

NAACP officials have rallied around the film, calling it "captivating, provocative, and emotionally moving."

Its message aligns perfectly with the values and mission of the NAACP and we applaud writer Kathryn Stockett and the filmmakers, cast and DreamWorks Studios for bringing this story to the screen,” said Vic Bulluck, who will moderate the discussion.

Given the backlash the yet-to-be-released film has faced from the black community since the initial announcement of its production last year, this move by the distributors of the film certainly seems to be a calculated one. But will it pay off?

[BlackVoiceNews]

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18 Comments

  • CareyCarey | July 27, 2011 1:46 AMReply

    Okay Blu, it looks like another love TKO on this one. You've drifted awfully closes to shades of untruths, and playing the nut role (pretending that you don't know).

    "Perhaps if you read posts that don’t involve Tyler Perry or The Help you would have gleaned that? -(shrugs)'

    Surely you jest, or are playing the nut role?

    "cain’t be nothing but good for us disgruntled Black people"

    AGAIN, who said it was, I didn't??!! Damn, is someone sitting behind you? who are you arguing with?

    "those urban craptacular flix get blasted here all day long as well"

    come on Blu, give the drummer some. That's nut role #6. They may be blasted but with nowhere near the fury of movie with "race" themes. You know, don't front, stop playin' , they ones that have all the whiny negros crying and pointing fingers at white folks. Count 'em up damit, and come back and talk about something you know and stop pandering. Your attempt to feign ignorance is really getting old. But you did have a glimps of reality....

    "Who knew the opinions of anonymous people in cyberspace had so much power to “attack” White people, and stop them from making crappy movies?! "

    Thank God you are back. Who knew you'd stumble into the light. That's my exact point. All your bitching and moaning and pointing fingers, is akin to someone blow wind out of their ass. They are the only one who is going to smell it. But no, you continued with your game of charade...

    "complaing about comments here that no one has actually said"

    Nut role #9! But who said the following ridiculous-ness...

    "It amazes me that the critique of more diverse images bothers some of you so badly, it’s like you’re offended there are Black people not content with the bones thrown at us"

    Damn, Blu, I have no idea what you are trying to say, nor who or what you are referring to. And... "[Carey] What exactly have you done" . And NOW your frustrations and emotions have taken your argument to a personal stage? Be careful, I really do not think you want to do that. So lets move on before we get real messy up in here.

    "[Carey]If you can find any info here where people are lining up to go see an ‘urban’ movie like the one you described, I’ll concede to your point. And guess what else: those Black people who do watch pimps up hoez down aren’t going to see The Help either"

    Okay Blu, I see you're content with playing games, so we are about done on this issue. I mean, who other than someone who is shaking and faking, in a failed attempt to move the goal post, would say only a few are lining up for the following....

    Carey Said: "hoes up, and pimps down, shot your neighbor to the ground. You know it, piss poor relationship flicks and silly ass shitcoms. get raves and a wink"

    See Blu, anytime you feign ignorance and act like you don't understand the movies (although I didn't list them all) that fall in that group, and the long lines and longest money they are receiving, it's time to say goodbye. You mean to tell me that you can't name the highest paying movies and black directors that might fall into the catagory of "poor relationship flicks" ... "shake your booty all around" and silly sitcoms" Can I throw in some ghetto comedies?

    I am done! Turn off the mic. I refuse to continue in a "debate" with you that's been reduced to untruths and trickeration.

    Listen, I like many other are simply saying stop the crying. You said what have I done? I am asking is this about me or the issue. So, what is your basic argument. I have always said tha if you wish to bitch and moan about what white folks are doing, be my guest, have at. But you can miss me with the white girl cry and pandering.

  • CareyCarey | July 26, 2011 1:37 AMReply

    And blu, before you read my next comment, think about this. I am not the only one who has taken the position I have. If you've been reading along, I know you've seen 50 or more just like mine. They may not be as loud as mine, but many are saying exactly what I am saying... ENOUGH OF THE ATTACK ON WHITE FOLKS, THIS MOVIE, AND IT'S ACTRESSES! White people are going to do what they do. Don't see the damn movie and write your congressman for real change. Bitching and moaning negroes, barking at the moon is so passe`. It's definitely out of fashion and totally non-productive. A person would get better results from pissing in the wind and pulling on Superman's cape.

    Actors act... period.

    So don't hate the player, hate the game and then act accordingly.

  • CareyCarey | July 25, 2011 12:55 PMReply

    "And let’s be real, Carey. You are fighting real hard for a movie you have no intention of seeing—with you it’s more about your reverse classism: you use every attempt to go after the uppity, siddity Black folks. If someone came out with a Birth of a Nation reboot, complete with blackface White actors chowing down on watermelon in the cotton patch, you would spend all your energy ranting against anyone who criticized it.
    Your devil’s advocate shtick re: the lack of diverse imagery of Black people is beyond tiresome"


    Ouuuweee girl, slow down because none of that is true. Again, one mo time for you and those in the peanut gallery, take this movie out of the equation, and then, I'll stand on my opinion that "good Storytelling is color blind. Now, if you wish to inject this movie into that equation, go ahead, be my guest, but I've never said this movie is "good storytelling" so miss me with that argument. I mean, if you're just trying to win a small "argument" (all your own) hey, every closed eye ain't sleep. But lets get to the real issue.

    I have not taken the position of Devil advocate for GP, all I've been saying is most of the negative comments are being vented at the wrong people and for the wrong reason. Yeah, you're right, I have no intentions of seeing to movie, but I get so tired of negroes crying over what the white man is doing and what they've done to us. That sh*t is lame beyond reason, and definitely non-productive. Think about it, all this crying and bitchin' and moaning, what has been the reward. I'll tell you, it has our dumb asses up in here spitting on each other *lol*.

    But seriously, it (my issue) is not about uppity negroes and snobs. That's not my concern. Again, my concern and disgust is directed at those who cry about this white woman's book and the actresses that play maids role, but then lay dormant and turn a blind eye at hoes up, and pimps down, shot your neighbor to the ground. You know it, piss poor relationship flicks and silly ass shitcoms. get raves and a wink.Yeah, why don’t S & A post a scathing review of the new black King & Queen at BET, instead of opening their arms to them with a nice and neat (and safe) interview. Yeah, they posted an interview with them, but it did not included questions regarding what “messages” their movies where sending, and rather or not they are “obligated” in some form or fashion, to the black community? Come to think of it, I don’t believe I read any of those question in the interview with Code Black. Yeah, where is the post, “Which is worse, the heads of Code Black or the two new negroes at BET“? You know, the ones that brought us, Jumping The Damn Broom and soon to be released “Steve Harvey’s Act Like A Woman That Doesn‘t Have A Man” or whatever that bullshit is.

    Come on Blu, don’t front, you know exactly what I am saying. Yeah, negroes will jive and bullshit, and their talk frequently does not match their walk. And then they cry about what the NAACP is not doing. ... PLEASE.

    . And furthermore, if you have not already read it, read the following on how I view crying and blaming black folks, and the rewards they receive. Here, in this post. ..

    http://blogs.indiewire.com/shadowandact/archives/viola_davis_rejects_the_burden_of_representation_at_the_end_of_the_day_im_a/#comments

    I’m just so tired of that some old bitching and moaning about absolutely nothing that they can fix. Some black folks just need to clean their own side of the street. That’s something they can fix, and in many cases, is in dire need of repair.

  • BluTopaz | July 25, 2011 3:19 AMReply

    @JMac,

    "I also don’t like the idea that if a white person gets a stamp of approval from a black organization/activist that means it’s effective for all blacks"

    Word. wth i care about the naacp endorsement; they still threw Shirley Sherrod under the bus before invstigating the story, and they initially supported the gang rapists of a young Black mother and her son. $5 they will present Stockett with an Image award.

    It's a shame, the old NAACP engaged in dangerous, but law/policy changing activities. Maybe someone should do a doc about that, and how the organization has morphed into what it is now.

  • BluTopaz | July 25, 2011 1:54 AMReply

    @Carey

    I was not trying to "flip" anything. That "good storytelling is colorblind" is the default line for those who want to defend this flick, totally disregarding the writer's appropriation of her--inspiration. There have been no other reasons given, so stop acting like there have been varied, intelligent rebuttals to the criticism.

    We love to make other people rich. There is no other group of people who would blindly line up to hand over more $$$ to someone who has so blatantly exploited one of their own. Do you think Jewish people would so vehemently support a flick written by the descendents of Nazis, who stole the story from a former Jewish employee? But they wouldn't have to, cuz THAT movie would never be made and damn sure targeted in Jewish communities on such a large scale. JMac brought up excellent points re: the lack of support other films have received, and I see you conveniently ignored them like you do everything else that brings logic to this issue.

    This weekend I saw a poster for The Help in my predominantly Black neighborhood, inside a bus kiosk. I have not seen this poster anywhere else around NYC. This movie is being targeted hard towards Black people, and I predict opening weekend it will be one of the top three because of the same White women who bought this book, and dumb ass Black women who 1) don't care about the making of this story, and 2) that this image of them is all mainstream media wants the world to see. There have been plenty best selling books about Black women that are even autobiographies and not filtered through a White person, imagine that!--a filmmaker friend has been trying to get funding for Elaine Brown's story for years--a former Playboy bunny who ended up leading the Black Panthers-what?! Somehow she's not having money thrown at her to get THAT story told along with the NAACP's blessing with a fried chicken dinner, i wonder why?

    And let's be real, Carey. You are fighting real hard for a movie you have no intention of seeing--with you it's more about your reverse classism: you use every attempt to go after the uppity, siddity Black folks. If someone came out with a Birth of a Nation reboot, complete with blackface White actors chowing down on watermelon in the cotton patch, you would spend all your energy ranting against anyone who criticized it.
    Your devil's advocate shtick re: the lack of diverse imagery of Black people is beyond tiresome.

  • CareyCarey | July 23, 2011 5:10 AMReply

    "“What Have You Done For Me Lately”

    Damn, that was a good line. But Jmac, if all that be true, I still can't figure out why (unlike other culture) we always seem to tear down our own?

    Let's put the pro's and cons on a scale? Now, is the NAACP doing more harm than good? Watch out now, you have to know that I have a list of their accomplishment over the last ten years. So back atcha, what can you say to me "lately", like "what about a time called now?".

    Yep, now talk to me. Tell me what you know.

  • JMac | July 23, 2011 2:21 AMReply

    Sorry Carey no do-over here. You know the NAACP now is nothing but a flimsy shadow of what it used to be or could be with the right leadership. I'm not going to extend credit from past leadership to the half-assed knuckleheads running things now. An appropriate reply would be a link to Janet Jackson's "What Have You Done For Me Lately" video.

    I also don't like the idea that if a white person gets a stamp of approval from a black organization/activist that means it's effective for all blacks. Didn't work when Michael Richards apologized to Jesse Jackson over his n-word rant and it's not going to work now.

    And still, if their aim is to increase positive black images or encourage honest depictions of black life past or present via media, I say where were they when WE needed them. I Will Follow could have used some support and other good black indie films listed on this site. Did they give a damn when Spike did Four Little Black Girls or the Katrina documentaries? Not even a damn peep.

    The Rev Al may get a black opinion show on or near primetime on a national news network and you know he's not just going to sit there and talk to himself - he's gonna put on other black talking heads (and a few whites from time to time) and get down. Do you think the NAACP is going to push MSNBC to make it happen? Nope, he's not one of "them." There's no method to their madness - except pettiness and greed.

  • Orville | July 22, 2011 11:38 AMReply

    The NAACP has lost a lot of respect and I feel they are out of touch. This is definitely a PR move by the studio to secure support from high profile African American organization. So since the NAACP endorses The Help the studio can say that "see the NAACP likes the help so other black people should it too!" I think this is totally lame. The core audience for The Help isn't black women anyway. It seems obvious to me that The Help is trying to reach a white middle class female audience.

  • eshowoman, the cranky film scholar | July 22, 2011 8:59 AMReply

    This is one of those episodes, that make no sense to me
    Haley Barbour and the NAACP both screened this movie? Aa

  • CareyCarey | July 22, 2011 8:26 AMReply

    Damn. I was going to sit back and stay out of this click and clack gutter of misinformation, but nope, I couldn't do it.

    Lets see, someone came on the board hating on the author of The Help because she plans to read Gone With The Wind. WTF!?

    And this... “I guess the NAACP doesn’t know that the author is being sued by her family’s maid for basically stealing her identity without acknowledgement for her book”

    Okay, she’s being sued... AND?! What does that have to do with the tea in china? And look at this next question... “Why so much “community outreach” and “discussion”?”

    DUH! I believe this movie and it’s subject matter has been a huge topic on the lips of many (millions of black folks). Hell, look at the pages of S & A and see how extensively it’s been covered. But now that the writers, director, and actors are posed to answer questions, some Negros are asking why?

    Hold on Blu and Jmac, I’m coming after y’all too :-). But wait, here’s what gets me, we have some people saying they paid their money and read the damn book, now they’re up in here trying to blow smoke in our ass like they’re down with the brown. Please.

    And see, I hate to do this but I couldn’t believe Jmac made the following statement... “Keep getting it wrong NAACP, you’re only proving everyone’s argument that you’re weak, confused, and no longer relevant”

    WTH, so now “everyone’s” .... every damn person’s argument is that the NAACP is no longer relevant? I know you’d like a do-over, but baby, I think it would be safe to say that you’ve not taken the time to read the long list of accomplishments of the NAACP, and consequently, who exactly is saying they are no longer relevant? And please explain your “relevant”? In short, that’s not a very smart/wise comment.

    And Blu, shame on you for trying to flip the script. Yeah, some my not have seen you trying to use the old one size fits all trick. Listen, the phrase “Good storytelling is color blind” is true and remains true. So why are you using it to continue your disdain for this movie - huh? Who said “this” movie and this book is good storytelling? That argument was in response to someone suggesting a black person has to write black characters, which I believe many will disagree with.

  • colored | July 22, 2011 5:44 AMReply

    Captivating? Anybody who knows Vic Bullock knows he loves to hug up on the studios. Independent people on the other hand get no love. Even the one independent movie that gets nominated for Image awards every year if at all are ones from the white companies and then of course Tyler Perry is the ultimate winner. It is a crock and a scam run by one man by the name of Vic Bullock. Mississippi Damned should have been nominated last year. There was no white company behind it to pay Vic so then no nomination. Mark my words that The Help will win Best Movie at the Image Awards next year. Moozlum, I Will Follow, Gun Hill Road and stuff like that will not even get nominated.

  • BluTopaz | July 22, 2011 5:31 AMReply

    ...but, who cares about the "writer" being a culture vulture--good storytelling is COLORBLIND, don't you all see that--?!?! I can't wait to experience this enlightening film and learn about my history, and I'm so grateful the naacp is not ashamed of our past.

    vomits

  • JMac | July 22, 2011 4:31 AMReply

    I agree with Sandra. Something's up and I don't like it.

    If the NAACP has the clout to push movies on the black populace, where the hell were they when Great Debaters, Get on the Bus, Antwone Fisher, heck even Do the Right Thing when those films came out? Not enough interest, not high enough quality, or not large enough donation to give a damn. I think we have a winner.

    Keep getting it wrong NAACP, you're only proving everyone's argument that you're weak, confused, and no longer relevant.

    Instead of reading Gone with the Wind, this chick should read The Wind Done Gone. Turn that into a movie and see what the NAACP does (or doesn't do).

  • AccidentalVisitor | July 22, 2011 3:43 AMReply

    In a recent Sunday Parade mag they were asking well known authors what they would be reading over the summer. "The Help's" Kathryn Stockett said she would finally read "Gone With the Wind". I kid you not. Supposedly folks (I'm presuming her friends) have been asking her if she read it for so many years that she finally decided to take the plunge.

    Let me say that as much as I despise the film version of "Gone With The Wind" my alarm bells don't necessarily go off if one watches that movie. But the novel version which the movie is based upon is more nakedly racist and anyone who has that on their reading list is scum as far as I'm concerned.

  • Melissa | July 22, 2011 3:33 AMReply

    The fact that this woman took her family's maid's story, wrote a book about it and claimed it to be completely fiction to keep all of the profits for herself is deplorable.

    She is being sued by her family's maid for basically stealing her story without her permission. I thought the book was poorly written with one-note characters and did not plan on seeing the film, but the idea that Stockett actually may further profit from a story that she stole and gives no credit for is disgusting.

  • Laura | July 22, 2011 3:01 AMReply

    I never took the whole "NAACP Image Award" slant of the organization seriously so I am not the least bit surprise. (In fact I find it embarrassing)

    However the lawsuit against New York City Department of Education, I am totally down with that.

  • sandra | July 22, 2011 2:58 AMReply

    The marketing for this movie is suspect. Why so much "community outreach" and "discussion"? Just market the movie like a normal one. People will feel the way they feel. End of story.

  • Cherish | July 22, 2011 1:20 AMReply

    I guess the NAACP doesn't know that the author is being sued by her family's maid for basically stealing her identity without acknowledgement for her book.

    Or they probably don't care.

    This is the best the NAACP can come up with? It's a damn shame.

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