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To the Hotep Hypocrite

I am tired of the Hotep Hypocrite, when the comedian Mo’Nique had her moment going against Netflix there were a lot of people on her side. People complained that black female entertainers are being paid less than their white counterparts, this is true but most of the time the reason is not race based. Many will read that last statement and disagree, but they will be unable to prove it.

The reason I am using the term Hotep Hypocrite is I find many of the people doing the most complaining do nothing to change the situation. The reason black entertainers are paid less in many situations is based on the fact they do not generate the same revenue as the white people. Since Mo’Nique’s rant, there have been a couple of chances for people who supported Mo’Nique to flex their muscles and show Hollywood our people deserve the same financial respect as others. Taraji P. Henson has been in two movies in the last few months, Proud Mary and Acrimony. Acrimony has done well during the first week but should have done better. Proud Mary has only made 20 million when films like Red Sparrow and Tomb Raider have more than twice that of Proud Mary. They are not better films, the actresses did not have a better performance, all three are action films with women as the lead character. So why didn’t Proud Mary make as much money, one reason our people did not support the film. Some of the same people complain about the success of Black Panther, their complaint is Disney is getting all the money, the actors are not making a lot of money, and none of the money is coming back to the black community. This all true but it is a business, people say we should have our own movie companies, that is great but people like Tyler Perry has his own company and the Hotep Hypocrites will say I do not like Tyler Perry or do not like the movies he makes. That is fine but movies such as Tariq Nasheed’s “1804″ and Jason Black’s RaceWar should have or should make well over a $100 million but they did not. People have said forget Black Panther we need real heroes depicted on the screen like Nat Turner and Denmark Vesey but Birth of a Nation did not do well in theaters.

There is another opportunity coming up real soon that will show Hollywood our Black women deserve the same payday as white actresses. Gabrielle Union is the lead in a new movie called “Breaking In“, so all those who sided with Mo’Nique, who criticized Black Panther, who dislike Tyler Perry movies, and the black feminist this a chance to prove my theory wrong.

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The Black Super Hero

There is a lot of hype surrounding the movie Black Panther and this week the television show Black Lightning premiered. Black Lightning had a large premiere audience and the Black Panther has set a record for pre-order tickets sales. I am sure if the Nielsen television rating systems will accurately illustrate the success of Black Lightning but through social media we the show was being viewed and talked about by a large audience.

These shows feature a predominately Black cast, the characters are people of wealth, highly educated and/or of high moral character. I have witnessed several complaints or negative comments regarding the movie Black Panther. A few of the things I have read is the movie was not filmed in African, this argument is being made because the Black Panther movie takes place in a fictitious country in Africa called Wakanda. My response to that is SO WHAT, there are films that are supposed to take place in New York City, but they are filmed in Canada. Then there is this rumor that Black feminists are calling for a boycott of the movie because one of the actors Michael B. Jordan is dating a white woman. I said this is a RUMOR because I can not believe this to be true, people would try to derail a major movie with a black cast that will be a stepping stone for greater things to come because one person is dating a white woman. You would want to cause harm to several people career because of one person’s dating choice. I also hear people saying we do not need Hollywood, we can make our own movies. This is my opinion, who is WE because many of the people making this statement will not attempt to make a movie, they want someone else to do it. And when someone does make their movie, with as little as help as possible from Hollywood people complain about the movie he or she has made. Black people are not monolithic, we can try to gain more power in Hollywood while others create a separate Black Hollywood.

Black people have been marginalized in this country for over 400 years it is going take some time to overcome that 400-year head start. The Black Panther movie and Black Lightning televisions shows are stepping stones in a greater cause. We can not build anything if someone keeps tearing down what has already been built. The success of these shows will open the door for other shows with a black cast to get made regardless of how you feel about these black people who are actors will benefit.

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