*Under the guise of the film, My Sister’s Wedding, star Jurnee Smollet is at what she believes is the opening night of the film at the Arclight Theater in the heart of Hollywood. But as she is escorted inside, she is met by a shrouded Meagan Good, who escorts her “underground,” to a secret society of women the likes of Alfre Woodard, Tracy Ellis Ross, and Loretta Devine – all wearing monk-like, hooded robes and acting very mysterious.
In the dungeon-like atmosphere, while footage of vintage black and white films show black women in minor roles, Woodard steps forth and asks the startled young actress “Haven’t you ever wondered why black women play such minor roles in movies, why more of us aren’t directors or producers? And Smollet responds, shrugging, “Racism, sexism, both?”
“We have been flying under the radar darling,” Woodard responds with a smug smile, “to maintain complete control. Every movie you see, every song you think you like, every TV show in your DVR…
Loretta Divine interrupts,
“We put them there sugar.”
A Martin Scorsese looking guy opens the door and asks permission to direct the next film and a can of worms is opened when the names Beyonce and Oprah – who they claim were “once operatives” – comes up.
This little four-minute-gem speaks to the issue in an” indirectly direct way,” of how Hollywood should recognize by now, the value that black women in lead roles in front of and behind the camera benefit Hollywood. You might also want to check out the article on the same subject, written about a month ago, at Shadow and Act.
Take a look at the video below.