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“When I took a role like Benson, which was in that time-honored sense ‘another black person in a servant’s role,’ I only took the part because it was a good part, it was a part in which I thought, with my own set of ideas about things, I could say something. And indeed that has been the case. We saw Benson was in no way anyone’s inferior.” ~ RIP Robert Guillaume (1927 - 2017)

Gretchen: “I’m going out and have myself a wild time.”
Benson DuBois: “Don’t forget your library card.”

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Moonlight (2016)

Directed by Barry Jenkins

Cinematography by James Laxton

Really? Black women exist, Rose. Black women and children who have a statistically higher rate of experiencing sexual assault knows how it feel, Rose. Black men are victims of assault too, Rose. Terry Crews, an African American actor, tweeted his degrading experience with an Hollywood exec in front of his wife. Crews wanted to react and defend himself against the harassment however due to unfair, racial biases he was afraid of getting painted as the “aggressive black man” and jeopardizing his livelihood.

Some people replied to McGowan’s tweet saying it was justified since the N-word is a great basis of comparison to illustrate her point. No. Let me stop you there. The n-word should never be used as a basis of comparison. The violent emotional, physical and mental trauma that is packed in the n- word is not a comparartive tool in the struggle olympics.

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Sidney Poitier and Diahann Carroll attend The 36th Academy Awards in Santa Monica April 13, 1964.

Diahann Carroll publicly spoke about her 9-year affair with Sidney Poitier in her 2008 book The Legs Are The Last To Go: Aging, Acting, Marrying, and Other Things I Learned The Hard Way. Carroll claims that Poitier persuaded her to divorce her husband Monte Kay, and that Poitier said he would leave his wife to be with her. When Carroll got her divorce, Poitier didn’t keep up his end of the bargain. Carroll said she dated another man out of frustration, which didn’t sit well with Poitier.

“Sidney called me at my hotel … ‘You bitch, whore, tramp,’ he yelled. ‘I know he just left your bed. I won’t have you running around with other men. You belong to me!’” the New York Post quoted her as writing in the book.

She wrote that Poitier later told her he’d finally left his wife, Juanita Hardy. He even bought Carroll a ring and made her decorate a 10-room Riverside Drive apartment he’d bought.

“I was only home a few days when he called to say his wife was having second thoughts. Our wedding plans would have to be postponed,” wrote Carroll.

She added: “When the apartment was ready and I was about to move my daughter in with me, Sidney told me he didn’t want her there … He changed the locks so I couldn’t get in. Then he made me write him a check to offset his purchase and decorating costs. I did as I was told, submissive and desperate.”

Despite her decision to detail their affair, Carroll says Poitier, who did not comment on the book, continues to be her friend.

“Sidney and I are now friends. That’s a lovely thing that comes as you age – forgiveness and perhaps a relaxing of standards,” wrote Carroll.

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Lion (2016)

Directed by Garth Davis

Cinematography by Greig Fraser

Premiering in 1919, “The Homesteader” is a now-lost silent black-and-white film. It is notable for being the first film directed by an African-American, Oscar Micheaux. It is also believed to be the first feature-length film to be made with African-American actors, by an African-American crew, for a primarily African-American audience.

The film itself is based on a novel by Micheaux of the same name, about a doomed interracial romance at a time when it was illegal in nearly all states for African-Americans and whites to marry. 

Wentworth Miller

Date of Birth: June 2, 1972
Gender: Male
Height: 185cm or 6′1′’
Ethnicity: Afro-Jamaican, African-American, Rusyn, Lebanese/Syrian, Curaçaoan (Dutch, French, Swedish, Spanish, Polish)
Nationality: British - U.S. American
Occupation: Actor, model, screenwriter
Breakthrough: 2005 as Michael Scofield in Prison Break