Click to Skip Ad
Closing in...
James Franco Will Direct Film Based on Aziah "Zola" Wells' 148-Tweet Narrative That Went Viral James Franco Will Direct Film Based on Aziah "Zola" Wells' 148-Tweet Narrative That Went Viral Regarding 'Song of the South' – The Film That Disney Doesn’t Want You to See Regarding 'Song of the South' – The Film That Disney Doesn’t Want You to See Watch Mekhi Phifer in Trailer for "First-Person Shooter" Zombie Thriller, 'Pandemic' Watch Mekhi Phifer in Trailer for "First-Person Shooter" Zombie Thriller, 'Pandemic' 2016 SXSW Feature Films Lineup Announced - Several World Premieres of Note 2016 SXSW Feature Films Lineup Announced - Several World Premieres of Note HBO Sets April Premiere Date for 'Confirmation' HBO Sets April Premiere Date for 'Confirmation' Watch the Electrifying First Trailer for Don Cheadle's 'Miles Ahead' Watch the Electrifying First Trailer for Don Cheadle's 'Miles Ahead' Watch: Tyler Perry Previews 'The Passion' 2-Hour Musical Event in New Orleans Watch: Tyler Perry Previews 'The Passion' 2-Hour Musical Event in New Orleans Before Nate Parker's Nat Turner Film Is Released, Get Prepped By Watching Charles Burnett's 2003 Documentary Before Nate Parker's Nat Turner Film Is Released, Get Prepped By Watching Charles Burnett's 2003 Documentary There Is a Precedent for the "DuVernay Test" to Consider... There Is a Precedent for the "DuVernay Test" to Consider... Idris Elba Makes SAG Awards History + Viola Davis, Uzo Aduba, Queen Latifah Collect Trophies Idris Elba Makes SAG Awards History + Viola Davis, Uzo Aduba, Queen Latifah Collect Trophies Ryan Coogler to Deliver Prestigious University of Chicago Kent Lecture Feb. 9 Ryan Coogler to Deliver Prestigious University of Chicago Kent Lecture Feb. 9 Watch Episode 1 of PBS' New Civil War-Set Drama Series 'Mercy Street' + On-Set Visit Watch Episode 1 of PBS' New Civil War-Set Drama Series 'Mercy Street' + On-Set Visit Watch: OWN Previews New Primetime Series 'It's Not You, It's Men' (Tyrese Gibson & Rev Run Host) Watch: OWN Previews New Primetime Series 'It's Not You, It's Men' (Tyrese Gibson & Rev Run Host) LeToya Luckett, Wendy Raquel Robinson, Andra Fuller Star in New TV One Comedy Series 'Here We Go Again' LeToya Luckett, Wendy Raquel Robinson, Andra Fuller Star in New TV One Comedy Series 'Here We Go Again' First Look at Nate Parker's Nat Turner Film, 'The Birth of a Nation' First Look at Nate Parker's Nat Turner Film, 'The Birth of a Nation' TV One Aims to Change the Reality Genre with New Series, 'The Next 15' TV One Aims to Change the Reality Genre with New Series, 'The Next 15' Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton Is Heading to TV Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton Is Heading to TV Why Was Janet Hubert (Aunt Viv) Really Replaced on 'Fresh Prince of Bel-Air'? Why Was Janet Hubert (Aunt Viv) Really Replaced on 'Fresh Prince of Bel-Air'? Netflix Explains Why It Doesn't Always Have That Film Or TV Show You Really Want To See (Video) Netflix Explains Why It Doesn't Always Have That Film Or TV Show You Really Want To See (Video) Tichina Arnold Says She Talked To Martin Lawrence About Doing A 'Martin' Movie... Tichina Arnold Says She Talked To Martin Lawrence About Doing A 'Martin' Movie...

The UK's Guardian Asks Why Race Should Still Play A Part In Awards Recognition

Photo of Tambay A. Obenson By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act November 9, 2012 at 9:43AM

Going through my news feed this morning as usual, and came across THIS article in the UK news magazine The Guardian, titled Do black actors still need the Screen Nation awards?
3
SCreenation

Going through my news feed this morning as usual, and came across THIS article in the UK news magazine The Guardian, titled Do black actors still need the Screen Nation awards?

For the uninitiated, the Screen Nation Awards, which we've covered here on S&A, is also known as the "black BAFTAS" in the UK; the BAFTAS is the UK equivalent of the Oscars. So I suppose you could say then that the Screen Nation Awards are a British equivalent of the Oscars with an emphasis on black British talents.

I considered calling it the UK equivalent of the NAACP Image Awards, but I'm not sure that's a a comparison our friends at Screen Nation would approve of. 

But anyway, you get the pciture.

The article in the Guardian argues that, in short, black Brits talents have come a long way, and have now worked their way into mainstream movie and TV consciousness, and thus an awards show just for black talents that essentially suggests they are separate from the mainstream, may not be necessary anymore, an could in fact be a bad idea.

This year's Screen Nation awards will take place in London on Sunday and feature Harris, Harewood and Clarke among the nominees. Elba was honoured by the event last year for his role in BBC crime drama Luther. British black and minority ethnic actors are making their presence felt more than ever before, both at home and abroad – so why do they still need their own awards shows? Why should race play any part at all in the recognition of talented individuals?

Well, because it does. And we're not quite the post-racial universe that we've been hearing about since Barack Obama was elected. The funny thing is that right before I read the Guardian piece, I watched an RT news report on the UK's (or I believe it was specifically London's) Stop & Search mandate, which sees black and other minority youth routinely harrassed by police officers; the report stated that blacks and other minority youth are 28 times more likely to be stopped and searched than whites. 

But what I'm really confused by is that there seems to be a disconnect between what the Guardian piece suggests (I should note that it was written by a black writer - Tola Onanuga), and what you all will remember we reported over in 2011, and into 2012, on the UK talent drain, as black British actors flocked (and continue to be drawn) to the USA for work, because there isn't much offered or available to them in the UK!

So clearly there's still a lot of work to be done here. And I'm not sure I'd be asking this particular question at this juncture; I think I'd instead by wondering why there's this export of talent from the UK to the US.

Those in the USA will also be familiar with these kinds of conversations about whether black awards shows on this side of the pond are necessary today, and if the fact that there are a few black movie stars, and there are blacks who are consistently working, even though they aren't stars, means that all is well, and these *separatist* initiatives shouldn't exist any longer. 

For example, the now-defunct Black Oscars... rememeber it? I've written about it at least once on S&A.

From around 1982 until 2007, African-American actors, directors, producers and executives held a secret ceremony on the night before Oscar night, to celebrate black performers, calling the event the Black Oscars. Every talent, from the likes of Samuel L. Jackson to Will Smith participated in this event, which was considered a moment for black Hollywood to honor its own. However, in 2007, the "Friends of the Black Oscars," the secretive group that sponsored the event, decided that the Black Oscars had finally become obsolete, thanks in large part to the then recent increases in the presence of black talents in the race for Oscar - Halle BerryDenzel WashingtonForest WhitakerEddie MurphyJennifer HudsonWill Smith and Djimon Hounsou, notably.

Some argued that the event should be brought back.

Although there are numerous other awards shows designed specifically to fete black talents of both screen and TV.

Read the full Guardian piece HERE.


Shadow & ActNewsletter