Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Denzel's new movie.

So I'm listening to News & Notes right now, the 'black show' on NPR for lack of a better description.

They are talking about how Denzel Washington's new movie American Gangster . In particular they are talking about whether Denzel's role promotes a positive image of a black male overall (he's a businessman) or a negative image (his business is high-level drug dealing during the 1970's).

Although, I haven't seen the movie yet - I plan to - I'm torn. On one level - it shows that a black male (it's based on a true story) can achieve success that may seem impossible to others. On the other hand it reinforces the tragic idea that many black males may hold as a personal truth:

Dealing drugs is one of a very few ways for a black male to become successful.

It doesn't help that Stanley O'neal the former black CEO of Merrill Lynch as of this week - just lost his job and Dick Parson's the current CEO of Time Warner is rumored to step down any day now. Hopefully there will be more...well 'hope' for the black male in future.


Moneymonk said...

Yeah, I think the last man standing is CEO of AMX, well then again we still have the CEO of Darden Restaurants, I love my Olive Garden

Reggie said...

I don't love Olive garden but, I do love some Red Lobster - I think Darden owns them too.

zackattack said...

As a potential CEO, I hope to prove that black men can do more than sell drugs. But sometimes it seems hopeless. I am an MBA student, and along with my fellow brothers, we are constantly stereotyped for being poor speakers, and just not smart by a few of our Anglo-Saxon classmates.

I am happy to report that we have proven both items wrong.

But, no matter what we do, it seems to never be good enough.

I hope to use my MBA one day to stop this madness. We'll see because black men seem to have a glass ceiling for success.

Moneymonk said...

Yeah they own Red Lobster, Olive Garden, Bahama Breeze, Longhorn etc

I like all of them!

Reggie said...

That is some good eating.