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“I’ve said to White Hollywood folks, ‘First thing you need to understand is, I am a nigga. I’m a nice guy, but there are certain things that go ‘click,’ and I become that guy y’all really worry about at night. ‘Cuz that’s really who I am.’ I learned how to live in two worlds. That’s my whole life. That’s why y’all hire me. I am genuine. I bring something genuine about that type of guy who scares White people they can safely watch on screen.”
— Samuel L. Jackson, Ebony Magazine
A little back story to this clip before you watch it:
Will Smith’s father abandoned him and his mother when he was a child, and when Will was finally getting into show business and making a name for himself, he tried to sneak his way back into his life like nothing happened. Will co-wrote this episode, and James Avery (Uncle Phil) said, “This scene was the hardest thing I’ve ever had to shoot in my life. Every emotion, every word.. that was Will.”
Will was actually supposed to play it off and then walk away, and there was originally an alternate scene that was supposed to happen, but he actually completely cut out what was supposed to be said, and did all of his own dialogue. The hug at the end of this scene is completely genuine, and this was a stepping stone in Will’s career where he started to take on the “Do what feels, sounds, and looks right.” approach to his acting.
I watched this so many times.. I still can’t get over it.
Why the fuck this man ain’t got an Oscar yet?! This is powerful!!!
Black History Month fact #15
711 to 1492 Spain, as it is now known, was ruled by Black African Moors.
The etymology of the word ‘Moor’ is black, or dark. Moors were a mix of Black African and Arabic Muslims who ruled Spain and the rest of the Iberian peninsula between 711 and 1492.
The Moors were constantly defending against invading Christian Europeans from the north. This period as we are brainwashed to know from K-12 is called the Reconquista, or the reconquest, during the Christian/Muslim war of the Crusades.
Nevertheless, Al-Andalus, or Moorish Iberia, flourished in the arts, sciences, medicine, religion, culture, and architecture. Córdoba was one capitol of the several caliphates on the peninsula, and was one of the most advanced and populous cities in the world at the time, as well as a great cultural, political, financial and economic center.
Rule under these kingdoms saw the rise in cultural exchange and cooperation between Christians, Muslims, and Jews. Under the Caliphate of Córdoba, al-Andalus was a beacon of learning, and the city of Córdoba became one of the leading cultural and economic centres in both the Mediterranean Basin and the Islamic world.
Moorish contributions to Western Europe and especially to Spain were almost incalculable—in art and architecture, medicine and science, and learning (especially ancient Greek learning).
Hence, ASAH readers, why people refer to Ferdinand as an “Iberian Moor”. *reads things occasionally*
I scrolled past this quickly and my first thought was ‘Del, where have you found a painting of Idris Elba?’
700 years. Note that shit. 700 years. 700 years is a long fucking time. 700 righteously negates any suggestion that there couldn’t have been POC in Europe pre-triangle trade.
Put it in your handy dandy notebook.
From the year 711 to 1492. Just writing it again so y’all know.
this is an essential chunk of time and cultural exchange i never learned about. why the fuck don’t they teach us anything interesting or worthwhile about world history?
this is a rhetorical question i know why i’m just sayin
Never stop being a kid :)