This video fell into my timeline yesterday and I just had to share. This is a trailer for an indie feature called Dear White People. The title alone struck interest in me, and I’m sure it did in you, too.
Remember when Black movies didn’t neccesarily star a dude in a fat suit and a wig? Or have major plot twists timed to Gospel numbers for no apparent reason? No? Damn…
Well believe it or not there was a time when “Black Art-House” was a thing. When movies like Do The Right Thing, Hollywood Shuffle, and Boyz In Da Hood were breaking box office records as well as making us laugh, cry, and think in ways movies hadn’t before.
The humble producers of DEAR WHITE PEOPLE, a satire about being a black face in a white place, long to bring those days back. But we can’t do it without you!
I will have to admit that while watching the trailer I quickly assumed that some of the characters were pretentious blacks that shuffle in and out of the sidewalks of New York City while I’m walking the streets. You know, those black people that know about the “black problems” there are in the world and makes every discussion about said problems. Them same people who live a life similar to white hipsters, but wouldn’t dare admit it. Those same people who are into using water, dirt, and organic fruit juices and oils for their natural hair. These people tend to know all the problems and will be the first to campaign, but are they truly doing anything to solve it? Even though it gave off that impression, this movie seems like it may be one of the resolutions we need in black media, today.
If you want to help out by donating, go to their Indie Gogo page and send a little seed money. I actually wouldn’t mind finally seeing a black film of some substance.