Unfortunately Black films that does NOT follow the bias and buffoon style story-telling that films like "Friday" and "Barbershop" will continue to face opposition by old and young executives in Hollywood because of Hollywood's natural and unashamed bias toward Black intellects.
There's a unyielding segment of Hollywood producers, directors and studio heads that prefer the unflattering images and misconceptions of "black folks"! It helps them feel better about not being the outcasts of Europe and the Middle East. So it is imperative to write and produce good film works that a larger portion of American black and white audiences desire and are willing to pay for it. The Butler, Best Man Holiday, 12 years a slave to name a few recent HITS by Black film-makers, clearly concludes that there is a marketplace for GOOD,CONTENT DRIVEN black film!
In fact, Hollywood does NOT have the FINAL say about who can produce or write a hit film anymore! However, black writers, producers and directors MUST continue to collaborate with like minded actors and investors (like Brad Pitt) and educate the international marketplace of potential investors and distributors so that the chokers and chains of Hollywood will never find their way around the necks, ankles, and wrists of talented black writers and producers ever again.
Jamal Joseph discusses his role as a former member of the Black Panther Party. Joseph is now a successful screenwriter and Columbia University Film School professor. He also works with inner-city youths, helping them find an artistic voice for their anger and a constructive channel in social activism.
Leba is a digital artist in residence in the BFF Lab where she has done groundbreaking work in developed her concepts for online interactive narratives that demonstrate how film can be integrated with the web to expand the narrative and engage the audience in new ways. Her first project, WEAPONS OF MISDIRECTION, was funded by the Nathan Cummings Foundation and went on to win the 2005 WEBBY for Best Political Website.
BIG HEAD PEOPLE is an animated political sketch comedy series created by Monteria Ivey & Stephan Dweck, featuring the voices of the "Goon Squad" comedy troupe (with animation by Andre Sutherland). Why "Big Head People" Because the world they inhabit is remarkably similar to ours... filled with provocative, politically explosive situations that require BIG ideas, from people with BIG mouths, and BIG heads to match. In an age where political correctness is used as a buzzword to mean "keep quiet," the BIG HEAD PEOPLE have something to say... and they'll make you laugh while you think.