Featured Piece: It’s Bigger Than Jada and Janet!

My phone blew up with texts, notifications, and inbox messages when actress Janet Hubert posted her critiques of Jada Pinkett-Smith’s call to boycott the Oscars due to lack of representation of Black & Brown artists and actors. Through online forums, threads, Tweets, and discussions, I became privy to conversations that sometimes nuanced… sometimes over-simplified the angles of the issue. Should we boycott? Was Janet Hubert just being petty or did she have a point? Who should boycott? What about the voting procedures? What was the “simple” solution?

Quick critiquing and solution-building can often lead to unsustainable solutions and underdeveloped thought processes. (Ask me how I know! I won’t lie, my first viewing of Hubert’s video were relatively dismissive until I had further dialogue about the points she raised). So, I wanted to explore and dive into the issue of media recognition and the solution to erasure of artists of color & our contributions to so many fields in my latest post for Music Makes Me Happy. Check out what I learned and the conclusions that I came to here!

SNIPPET:
“I wanted to get perspectives from both artists AND scholars who studied the arts to drill down to some of the moving parts inherent in this debacle. By taking a look at the different angles, we might gain a perspective on this debacle that goes past sensationalizing news and fly-by-night solutions. What it seems to boil down to is a further understanding of four things: 1) personal economics for working artists, 2) voting processes 3) industry economics and production pipelines, and 4) the expectation on and for White artists and actors”.

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