Askia, I like the conversation you have boldly started………

Askia, I like the conversation you have boldly started by offering a critical (and perhaps unpopular) analysis as to Black America’s info-entertainment “inadequate and non-nutritional” diet. We have come so far in our struggle for justice and equality, and yet fallen so short in our expectations of our creative visual arts. We are both old enough (sorry about “aging” you guy :-) to remember the sheer excitement and pride of seeing a Black face on TV, or in the movies, any Black face,(You would actually call friends and family to say that a Black person, (not on Tarzan), was on TV). But it seems that by now we should have moved from mere quantitative, to more qualitative standards. What is wrong here? Isn’t there a positive trajectory for progress of audience appreciation? I agree with you that what type of “product” finally gets to our TV screens, or into movie theaters, is not random or accidental. And I don’t buy the: “We are simply responding to the demands of the market (audience)”. They in fact have the capability to create the parameters of acceptability and likeability taste of that very audience. They create the need, and then fill it, as they fill their bank accounts. Well, you know my hope (forever linked to hope!) is in education; for if we can get young people to view video media critically (as is done with literature); perhaps a future generation will began to deconstruct what they are watching; and then go on to construct visual media that reflects who they are (in our full beauty and complexity); and who we can be, given the opportunity, vision and skills.