Earlier this week a dyspeptic pygmy named Spike Lee proclaimed his wrath over something he termed the Lilly White Oscars. This apparently being some vacuous broad who annually dispenses alloy citations for plausible mimicry. Reportedly Lee has taken exception to White’s preferences and is threatening to eschew her confab as a result. This leaving millions of waitresses and longshoremen alike to drink their own urine in front of the tele-vision until word of resolution arrives.
Aside from a dearth of commodity statuettes, Lee is also irritated by the notion that confederates of Ms. White are making films that don’t particularly pique his interest. He implies that more movies should be made by and for blacks (something he should know is proscribed by statute) and further offers an identification of the culprits.
In Hollywood, the people with the green-light vote tend to be white.
Whitish, I think he means. Though perhaps it’s this deficit of cultural acuity that led little Lee into not only looking up at his own penis, but barking up the wrong baobab tree. The Weinsteins bear more weight than the Whites, alas. Beyond that, what kind of malevolent people would make films for their enjoyment anyway?
Regardless, it led me to wonder how Ms. White could better organize her charity function in the future. One certain path of improvement–as we are reliably informed–is to do things less the Lilly White way, and more the Cole Black. Which obviously leads one to consider the African Movie Academy Awards. These described at the link as:
The Africa Movie Academy Awards (AMAA) is an offshoot of the Africa Film Academy. The Academy, founded on the best film tradition, is geared towards research, training and propagating filmmaking in Africa.
Established in 2005, AMAA aims to facilitate the development and relevance of African film & cinema by providing a rewards & recognition platform for film makers on the continent. African film makers work hard with very little and have, not through serendipity but through sheer audacity, managed to build the 3rd largest film industry in the world, and are poised to take poll position, beating America and India.
Today, African films serve as a link for Africans in the Diaspora with Africans at home. These films have the potential to serve as a shared collective experience, a reminder that Africa is a vibrant continent filled with colour, energy and possibility.
Color, energy, possibility, and diversity. Always remember diversity–that’s what Lilly White was missing. Though sometimes sheer audacity seems to shear away the principle. But presuming that concept is as critical for Cole as Lilly, I thought to review the 2015’s AMAA awards. The following scene calls for a gasp of surprise. Here are the recipient thespians.
Now deliver this line with a straight face, Spike: What’s ours is ours, and what’s yours is racist. They’ll never guess how this movie ends.