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It never fails, and it will not end as long as there are those amongst us who think it is ok. There were those who defended that disgusting scene with Halle Berry and I am sure there will be those who defend Gina Torres being made into a sex crazed whore that lust after a white man she met five seconds before having sex with him, who as you will read, hates her Black ex-Husband. Y'all don't hear me but read the article anyway.


Date: Wednesday, March 22, 2006
By: Gregory Kane,

Another Hollywood production, another white actor and another black actress in another "make me feel good" moment.

You may remember the first one: Halle Berry in 2001's "Monster's Ball," for which she won a best actress Oscar. Some black folks had a problem with Berry's "make me feel good" moment. I was one of them. I suggested in a column for another news organization that no woman grieving over the death of a child would pop her breasts out of her blouse and urge a man she barely knows to "make her feel good."

That scene, I suggested, fed the stereotype of the oversexed black woman who needed it so bad that sex was on her mind even after the sudden and tragic passing of her own child.

Now, courtesy of the FX television series "The Shield," we have our "make me feel good" moment for 2006.

The actress is Gina Torres (wife of actor Laurence Fishburne), who, according to some Web sites, has Afro-Cuban roots. The actor is Michael Chiklis, who plays corrupt and brutal Det. Vic Mackey on the show.

Torres plays Sadie Kavanaugh, the ex-wife of Lt. Jon Kavanaugh (superbly portrayed by Forrest Whitaker), an internal affairs detective investigating Mackey's corrupt team of undercover cops. It's clear from the plot that the Kavanaughs relationship is severely strained, even for a divorced couple.

In the March 14 episode, Mackey visits Sadie Kavanaugh to see what he can learn about his internal affairs foe. It doesn't take five minutes before Sadie Kavanaugh pushes up on Mackey, kisses him and all but rips his clothes off. Soon her pants are off and they're on the floor.

Sound familiar, anyone?

In case it doesn't, script writers Charles H. Eglee and Kurt Sutter made sure viewers got the connection to Halle's "make me feel good" moment. They have Sadie Kavanaugh boasting about the encounter to her ex-husband.

There are two things going on here. One is the symbolism. In "Monster's Ball," Halle hops into bed with the white corrections officer who supervised the execution of her black husband. In "The Shield," we have Torres doing the horizontal rumba with a white man who is mortal enemies with her black ex-husband. If you're black, that symbolism should disturb you -- no matter whether you're liberal, conservative, nationalist, socialist or anywhere else on the political spectrum.

The other thing going on is yet another example of stereotyping black women as so oversexed, so constantly in heat that they'll hop in the sack with anybody, anywhere, anytime.

In "Monster's Ball," Halle Berry's character just barely knew Billy Bob Thornton's character. In "The Shield," Gina Torres' character didn't know Michael Chiklis' character from Adam. The first time she saw him was when he knocked on her door. But she had sex with him anyway.

How do Hollywood types get away with this stuff?

Here's a more important question: Why do we let them?

It's bad enough that we've seen several cases of the Amazing Vanishing Black Actress in recent films starring black male leads. Nick Cannon starred opposite a Latina female lead in "Underclassman." So did Will Smith in "Hitch."

Usher Raymond's female lead in "In The Mix" was Emmanuelle Chriqui, whose family is from Morocco, according to a biography on the internet movie database Web site. Chriqui was born in Montreal, Canada.

She is not black.

In the movie "Out of Time," Denzel Washington's love interest for a time is Sanaa Lathan, until she gets blown away by Eva Mendes.

Symbolism, people.

These pairings of black actors with non-black actresses have been defended as simply "good box office." That doesn't seem to bother Nick and Will and Usher and Denzel, but these brothers need to ask themselves a question.

If the easing out of black actresses can be defended as "good box office," what happens when Hollywood big shots decide that easing out black actors is "good box office" too? And if the stereotype of black women as shameless vixens is allowed to continue, why not the stereotype of the black man as thug? Isn't it bad enough that we already have these stereotypes in rap videos?

Now Hollywood -- the same place that gave us "Birth of a Nation" and a wealth of other racist trash "” wants in on the act.

Or, more accurately, back in on the act
There are Negroes who will never fight for freedom. There are Negroes who will seek profit for themselves from the struggle. There are even some Negroes who will cooperate with the oppressors. The hammer blows of discrimination, poverty, and segregation must warp and corrupt some. No one can pretend that because a people may be oppressed, every individual member is virtuous and worthy. Martin Luther King

More to come later! Your Brother Faheem
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I hear you Faheem. But you know as well as I do there is a long history of this. I believe as black women this is our river to cross. Not only is this stereotype prevalent in Hollywood and white America, but also within our own community. I defer to how many black women have been molested or victims of sexual assault. I think if you take a poll on this board, you would be absolutely astonished with the results.

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