How do we handle historic films that don’t share our current values?

Since the birth of cinema, race relations have been depicted front and center even as Black Americans were left out from telling their story. The problem still exists today.
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One thing I've learned in my career as an actor that movies can fine moments. So what do reckoning look like and for the past few weeks our partners at the undefeated with the help of some familiar faces have been discussing black culture. On screen. From its current form all the way back to its infancy. The birth of a nation is probably. One of the most painful and problematic. Films that has ever been made. They like that at so let's play a propaganda. A lot of black face white performers performing and pretending to be black people in. The white woman sitting jumps off the cliff. That that then being assaulted by this sort of sub human looking. Black man. Gone with the wind he's the 2.0 version. Of everything that we saw in birth of a nation. And yeah. Ankle again garner the win was was told from the perception of the slave owner you don't like me Manny and black people were portrayed as almost. Child look. They enjoyed. Taking care of their white masters. Manhattan it's not a name its description. Frankly in my nearest dollar and I don't give a damn you know. We're frankly we'll give a damn. You know what I'm running I'm not really going to be crying over a building that gets burned down after rape and provide forty years I was sitting. Case. Positive. And us isn't yet. The magical black man which is also. Part of these negative stereotypes that Hollywood has done for decades to what really was crystallized in song that sounds. Should but it didn't. No number of those. I think some people still have fond childhood memories of such move this out it's just about charming happen. Black man telling stories. His wonderful wife children and if you skew news and beat the saints you know like pipe Hough Santa Claus. Disney has locked in in the vault they're like when Alan. Who. I. These films are essentially confederate monuments and I don't think we need and I don't think they need to be are streaming platforms I indefinitely ans Hy eight. Throwing these. Movies in the bowl and locking them away and I think it's important for us to know why history. Whatever didn't put it in you know what it didn't archives. But putting it right in front of my face like stop we all know what she's doing. I don't believe in necessarily. Hiding things that are painful or wrong all I'm asking. Put some context. To it. Only. Now let's not unreasonable at all. And the other half of the formula is also allowing more black filmmakers and more screen actors to tell their stories. So what you got to decide if he's so. In that nobody made dead season. Black Panthers a definite example. I'm mostly black cast as a black director of flat screen writer and they hit the billion dollar mark. If you think about Bryant cooler and you got from food bill station. Two creed two black pant there. He you've got a real glad to debate and he's like now I'm making Phil. People like keeping to Bernanke's. Proved to be a lightning rod we can do. It's have been flat but since it's like wolf pack there. You have building awaits you have that keep the rates of its V movie lady. Yeah you can have a movie. Like gross trip we have seen black women do that kind of Stoner comedy into big studies we only reserved for a white man. SI yeah. I'm. I've ever watch it like Clinton well let's how real loud like you know might be like this cameras helped me. Noon. You know such huge cultural moment it mix comedy and horror in the way that we haven't really gotten his seats especially would let people. But it was a jet Smart thumb critique on liberal whites it is and even. I guess you'll just thing. Clinton and the clippers who doesn't work from. We need more black studio executives that can say yes these projects but we move forward we can continue to see more these stories being told you know swap. The black experience in fact create an experience.

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