The situation for African-American actors in Hollywood is a constant topic of discussion in the industry, and for good reason because it needs improvement. (Remember the #OscarsSoWhite controversy a couple years back?) Black History Month seems like the perfect time to look back at the past for a source of inspiration that black actors working today can utilize going forward. The first African-American Oscar nominee and winner was Hattie McDaniel for 1939’s Gone With the Wind. She won for Best Supporting Actress. Hattie McDaniel’s Academy Award win is an undeniable example of why she is a fascinating pioneer. Continue reading
MARCH / APRIL 2014: BY RACHEL SEXTON
When war is presented on screen, Hollywood tends toward the epic. Epic in running time, epic in visual scope, epic in narrative theme. However, a film set during a war doesn’t even have to feature one single battle scene to qualify as epic. A case in point is Gone with the Wind. The backdrop is our nation’s Civil War, which is a conflict favored for on screen treatment and useful to filmmakers with its inherent story potential. Gone with the Wind shows war as the source of change that matures the lead characters and the nation in grand fashion. Continue reading
BY ELLA G.
Storylines that have an ability to transcend time all contain a secret ingredient. It doesn’t matter what a character’s name is, where the story is located, or how many pages it is. What matters is the connection a reader feels in immersing themselves in the pages. Does it hold the same power over them that it did to others who have read the tale before? Is it just as applicable and thought-provoking as the day it was published? If it takes place in a bygone era, does the story still send a message for the current time instead of something antiquated and irrelevant? Gone with the Wind’s setting is from the days of the Antebellum South, the Civil War, and Reconstruction, but the novel was not published until 1936. Judging by appearances, it does not seem as if the two periods in history have anything in common, but nothing could be further from the truth. Continue reading