The Life of a Ladybug

live with intention. walk to the edge. listen hard. practice wellness. play with abandon. laugh. choose with no regret. continue to learn. appreciate your friends. do what you love. live as if this is all there is. -mary anne radmacher

Monday, March 06, 2006

Whup that trick!

So, any of you who watched the Academy Awards last night or have listened to the radio or watched the TV this morning, know that the Three 6 Mafia won the Academy Award for Best Song with "It's Hard Out Here For a Pimp." Of course, I watched last night, along with my friends Kim, Ericka and Yalonda, at my annual Academy Awards party. When I heard that it was nominated, I knew it was going to win, and here's why: it's the usual thing. We usually win when we're nominated for doing something ridiculous. Let me offer you some examples: Denzel Washington gave the performance of his life in Malcolm X, yet he won for Training Day, in which he played a crooked cop. Yeah, the movie was good, and Denzel was good ... but his best work and the best acting job that year? Please. Hattie McDaniel won the first Academy Award won by a Black person for playing a slave. And yes, I know Hattie said she would rather play a maid than be one and I understand that there weren't any great parts out there for Black actors at the time ... but it started a trend. Halle Berry won when she got naked for the role and rolled around the floor like an animal in heat, screwing Billy Bob Thornton. And the list goes on. Just this year, Terrence Howard was nominated for playing a pimp, but not for playing a wealthy executive in Crash. You know, we deserve what we get. Londa was irritated that "It's Hard Out Here For a Pimp" won. So was I. But I burst out laughing when it happened. Because you know what? We do it to ourselves. When we stop glorifying pimps and hos ... when we start portraying ourselves in a better light ... maybe we'll start being recognized for positive things. And, if not, at least we'll have earned our self-respect as a nation of people. We sell ourselves to the highest bidder and it's not right. We cannot be angry at other people for seeing us as crackheads, prostitutes and thugs when these are the images of ourselves that we put out there for public consumption. It's hard out here for a pimp? Please ... I'm a sure that it's just a little bit harder for the whores. And yet, the pimp is somehow a role model? So, congratulations to the Three 6 Mafia for their Academy Award. And congratulations to us for what we continue to do to ourselves. Makes you feel good, huh? ETA: Was it just me or was that Shabadoo (or whatever the heck his name is - the man who starred in Breakin' and Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo) playing the head pimp? Man, how he's fallen.


At March 06, 2006 1:33 PM, Blogger Sweet(s)!? said...

I'm new to your blog, but i enjoy reading your posts. I totally agree with you. Especially, about Denzel and Terrance Howard. And if you saw the oscars when Denzel won for Training Day. You can tell that he knew the same thing we're talking about. But we can be glad about Jamie Foxx; the Oscars got it right that time. It's sad that other black folks don't see it. And like fools we cheer.

At March 06, 2006 2:42 PM, Blogger Toya said...

Thanks and welcome to my blog!

At March 06, 2006 10:04 PM, Blogger Aileen (Pronounced A-Leen) said...

I really appreciated what you had to say about the awards show!

At March 06, 2006 10:07 PM, Blogger Toya said...

Thanks, Aileen! I'm glad that you like my blog - welcome!

At March 07, 2006 1:02 AM, Blogger Ericka said...

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