Uncharted: NAACP Image Awards a ‘blackish’ affair – but do they really care?
Jarrette Fellows, Jr. wonders "
Anthony Anderson, others still belly-aching about ‘Oscars’ whitewash, when the NAACP Image Awards should be enough
The adulation and gratification African-American pathfinders derive ostensibly from the annual NAACP Image Awards should be enough. But, obviously, it isn’t. A lot of people still have a “jones” for the other man’s ice.
If not, why would they talk about his “whitish” event at their“blackish” event? In other words, they don’t need anyone else’s validation. Their event serves that purpose — right? Why do they continue to seek the other man’s praise out of the sides of their mouths?
That’s just what Black-ish star Anthony Anderson did when he evoked the Academy Awards’ Black snub at last Friday’s Image Awards. Beginning with his rendition of N.W.A’s “Straight Outta Compton,” Anderson, who actually hails from Compton adorned himself as Ice Cube and performed the rap, with adjusted lyrics that touched on the controversy. Calling himself and his background performers “Nominees With Attitudes,” according to an entertainment magazine, Anderson then launched into a monologue, which zeroed in on the African-American presence at the Academy Awards, or the lack thereof.
“Look at all of these beautiful shades of people in the audience,” Anderson said. “Hollywood needs to know that this is what diversity is supposed to look like.”
You’re in your own house to celebrate your own. Why bring up the other issue, at all? Anderson answered that albeit in a milquetoast kind of way.
“Although we have our own awards show, I just want the other ones to be fair,” he said.”
Still looking for the other ice brand.
Anderson wasn’t finished.
“I love seeing all these faces; black people working,” he added. “Everybody keeps saying [the Image Awards is] a comeback. But hell, don’t call it a comeback. We’ve been here for years. This is about us. This is our show and it’s not a comeback.”
And that should be enough.