When people talk about Black Hollywood, it’s always about how we have to fight and struggle to land noteworthy roles. However, we need to be honest with ourselves. Some of the movies we push our community to see films that don’t live up to the hype. Our friends at MadamNoire.com felt similar to us and wrote a list of the nine films made for and by black people that didn’t live up to the hype. Check out an excerpt:
I know we here at Madame Noire, like many people, pushed really hard for this film. It was mostly done in the hopes that we could make Hollywood see that big budget black films could be marketable. And while it was a valiant effort, this movie was just not what I was expecting. The action sequences were pretty good and the men were FINE with a capital F, but the dialogue was horrific. Allegedly they were trying to make the characters sound like individuals from films back in the ’40s, but I’ve seen movies from the ’40s (thanks college film class) where people didn’t talk so cheesy (i.e., “Thank goodness those Red Tails were here!”). I’m not saying it was the worst film ever, and I do appreciate the information it provided me on the Tuskegee Airmen, however, within the first 10 minutes of watching, I was blown away by the writing (and not in a good way). And that love story they threw in there? Raaaaaandom.
Read the full list here.