Test Episode Infinity – January 21, 2014

Right before we started this week’s show, Diva in Demand sent me this link about Beyonce’s Drunk in Love being banned by a U.K. station because of the following lyrics in a rap by husband Jay Z:

“I am Ike Turner…Baby know I don’t play.  Now eat the cake, Anna Mae.  Said Eat the Cake, Anne Mae.”

I haven’t heard the rest of the Beyonce’ album, but I understand that it was a very adult artistic expression. That being said, domestic violence is a serious situation and I don’t feel comfortable with it being incorporated into a song. Diva brought up that when Rick Ross attempted to make light of date rape that it elicited public outrage, while this homage to Ike has appeared to have garnered little more than a wimper.

Diva and I also talked about Amber Ruffin, the first African American Female writer and the first female writer of color on a network late-night talk show. She’s working for Jimmy Fallon, who will be taking over the Tonight Show February 24. The recent hiring of Sasheer Zamata by Saturday Night Live (and why in the world it appeared so difficult to find African American comediennes in New York City, of all places) was also discussed. Diva played a clip of Drake portraying Kat Williams and we talked about the positive response to his acting (and negative response to his music). Diva shouted out his Little Jimmy days from Degrassi. She also reminded me the lyrics to his first big single, thus reminding me why I don’t listen to much Drake these days.

Last, but not least, was a discussion about the recent cancellation of the upcoming Oliver Stone film portraying the life of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., which Jamie Foxx had committed to. Stone had the following to say about the project. “I’m told the estate & the ‘respectable’ black community that guard King’s reputation won’t approve it. They suffocate the man & the truth,” adding that “I wish you could see the film I would’ve made. I fear if ‘they’ ever make it, it’ll be just another commemoration of the March on Washington.” (Indie Wire/Shadow and Act). This article  discussed the demise of the King project and other films that have met roadblocks from the subjects and estates of African American biopictures, so we talked about that as well.

In closing, I asked our guests to support films and filmmakers who made the types of movies they wanted to see. Diva mentioned Dear White Peoplea movie she helped finance, which did well at Sundance and invited others to learn about and support the filmmakers.

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