“In my mind, I see a line and over that line I see green fields and lovely flowers, and beautiful white woman with their arms stretched out to me. But I can’t seem to get there no how. I can’t seem to get over that line.” That was Harriet Tubman in the 1800′s.
We will be quoting Viola Davis’ acceptance speech for at least
another two weeks, but mad props to Regina King for her Emmy win out of
nowhere! I think most of us really did expect Viola Davis to win last
night. She has two Oscar nominations and she’s widely respected as one
of the finest thespians of our day.
Regina King gets no respect even
though she’s been consistently turning out memorable performances for
the past 35 years. After she grew up and 227 ended, Hollywood kept
typecasting her as the homegirl from South Central LA in all of her big
roles. It wasn’t until Ray that people finally started paying attention
to the fact that Regina King can act, y'all. Jamie Foxx got the praise
and the accolades, but for me, Regina King stole the show in Ray. She
burned up the screen in every scene and I went back and watched it again
in the theaters just for her.
So this is just a quick
Regina King appreciation moment. I’m so glad she’s been recognized for
her work and I hope this just the start of more and more amazing roles
for her. She has been relevant for longer than I’ve been alive without
ever being considered in the same league with our other legendary
Blacktresses like Halle and Angela. She just flies under the radar
putting out consistently stellar performances and I was so happy for her
last night. What a moment for someone this far into their career.
I empathize with people who were afraid that [the accent] was stereotyping, because for those people — who are pretty much all Asian-Americans — the only time that they saw an Asian character on television in a comedy was when that Asian person was a humor tool and not a person whose accent was merely one facet of their [character]. It’s a beautiful part of the story of immigration, so I wanted to make sure that I didn’t water it down to quell the fears — the fears that are based on the shitheads who used an accent as a humor tool. I’m not going to use those shitheads’ metric to determine the worthiness of my voice. If somebody has an accent, that often means they know more than one language, and I don’t think that’s anything to be ashamed of. I actually think that’s pretty fucking cool. Hopefully, we’re writing our own history, instead of trying to be accepted by the white American framework history. Because by trying to be accepted by that framework, we’re already putting them at a higher level than us — and they’re not. They’re not at a lower level than us, it’s just a different story. So let’s start telling our stories.