Author: Rachele

It seems like summer just isn’t summer without a Marvel movie. What a great summer we’ve had, so far.

After his amazing introduction in Captain America: Civil War, Peter Parker is finally back. Chele and Tea talk about the new summer hit, Spider-Man Homecoming; the amazing changes Tom Holland’s Spider-Man has brought compared to Andrew Garfield, and Toby Maguire’s versions of Spider-Man and the amazing cast featuring Holland’s co-lead Zendaya Coleman, Michael Keaton, and Robert Downey, Jr.

Be advised, there are spoilers.

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On the latest episode of Press Rewind, Chele, Leona, and Tea discuss the cult classic, Hollywood Shuffle. (Yes, cult classic; we said what we said.) It’s been 30 years since Robert Townsend brought us this semi-autobiographical tale about being a black actor in Hollywood and it’s still very much relevant. Go batty, batty, batty with us as we dust off this classic to see if it’s holds up. Don’t forget to bring a snack; maybe some Ho Cakes?

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Have you ever found yourself dealing with a bout of Babysitting Blues? Well Chris Parker knows just how you feel! Come to Fandom City to hear Leona & Tea celebrate the 30th anniversary of the 80s comedy-adventure classic, “Adventures in Babysitting.”

We talk about all the thrills, the chases, the laughs and definitely that crazy knife fight! This movie managed to entertain us for decades, so we decided to Press Rewind and see how we feel about it in 2017! Is it still as great as we’ve always said…?

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Did you love Atlanta? Queen Sugar? This Is Us? Guess what…we did too! What about Chewing Gum and Master of None? Yep we’re right there with you.

The 2016-17 television season has ended and there was so much to discuss for shows old and new. Join the conversation with Rachele, Leona and Tea as we talk about what we loved, hated and just couldn’t even bother to continue watching this last year. Some of them even had to get the axe from our DVR schedules to make room for more promising entertainment. Good riddance! We cover all the bases of what we watched.

If we’re lucky, maybe there’s even more excitement in store this Summer and Fall…what do you think?

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There’s nothing like hopping on Twitter and finding out that one of the greatest movies of my childhood . . . Correction, one of the greatest movies ever made; not only didn’t feature a women lead but was also a flop.

Huh!?

Erased, Again

While accepting an award from Women in Film, Elizabeth Banks put Steven Spielberg on blast for not making movies with female leads. While you can count them on one hand, Elizabeth put her foot in in it because Spielberg HAS directed movies with female leads. Not only has he directed movies with female leads, he directed The Color Purple, the fourth top grossing film of 1985–which stars a black woman. To make matters worse, when an audience member mentioned he directed The Color Purple, Banks ignored the correction.

Wait a minute; it would not have killed her to say “I stand corrected” and continue getting into Spielberg’s ass, but instead she dismissed that truth. Why? Did The Color Purple not have a woman lead? Was it not directed by Steven Spielberg? Admitting he directed the movie would not have lessened her point. But ignoring it diminished the fact that a black woman was a lead in one of his films – one that happened to be based on a novel written by a black woman. It also insinuates black women (and other women of color) are either not women or less than.

Oh by the way, Spielberg produced Memoirs of a Geisha. Does that not count because he didn’t direct it or because the women leads were Asian?

Flop? 

To add insult to injury, while pointing one of the few movies Spielberg directed with women leads, was a flop, Anne Thompson of “Indie Wire” tweeted The Color Purple was a flop. Whaaaat? Mind you, she later corrected herself and aplogized, but she had already pressed forward by stating the film only made $41 million. In reality The Color Purple grossed over $98 million in the US and $146 million worldwide. Considering it was made with a $15 million budget, that’s a pretty damn good take for a flop. Well, I guess tomato, to-mah-to. Side note: It took the wrath of Black Twitter to get that correction.

Here’s the thing; even if The Color Purple was a flop, what was the purpose in pointing that out? To prove that movies with black women leads aren’t successful? To say that it shouldn’t be counted because it “was a flop”? Was pointing that out meant to minimize the success of one of the few Spielberg movies that featured women leads because it was a black woman in the lead?

I checked IMDB and saw that Spielberg directed at least two movies with women leads; The Sugarland Express starring Goldie Hawn and The Color Purple starring Whoopi Goldberg. I guess you can include Always if you want. Hmm, I always thought Richard Dreyfuss was the lead but whatever. Anyway of the three films, The Color Purple had the biggest box office success, plus it received 11 Academy Award nominations and five Golden Globe nominations. In 1986, Whoopi Goldberg won the Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama. That’s the category for the female lead, in case you’re wondering.

 

A Win for Women?

I don’t get why every time white women in Hollywood gripe about the difficulties of representation for women – how hard it is for women to get lead roles or get jobs behind the camera – they always exclude women of color. NEWS FLASH: as hard as it is for white women to make it in Hollywood, it’s even harder for women of color.

I get it. Rant on about Steven Spielberg’s choices not to direct films that feature lead roles for women. Hell, go after other men directors and the rest of Hollywood for the crappy treatment of women, but dammit stop dismissing the aspirations of women of color trying to make it in the industry. They freaking exist, too. And they aren’t going anywhere.

White feminist always call on women of color to join the fight, but they don’t seem too willing to share the rewards of a well fought battle. These women need to get over themselves because it’s getting tiresome.

 

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