What to Make of Buzzfeed's "Rise Of The Black British Actor In America"

I found this BuzzFeed piece quite reckless, to be frank! As someone who's been running a black cinema blog for almost 6 years, with a stated mission to unify artists (specifically filmmakers) of the African diaspora, an article like this that ultimately divides - whether that's the author's intention or not - is maddening! I initially planned to ignore it, seeing it as ultimately a marketing gambit for "Selma", manufactured for a specific purpose - to stimulate further discussion about the film, as it expands nationwide this weekend. But enough of you have sent it to me, urging some kind of response, that I felt that I should at least mention it here. And, as I told one of my colleagues, I'm frankly spent! These conversations, which we've had ad naseam on this blog, just don't interest me anymore. Unless there's a genuine collective will to get underneath the surface of it all, instead of just bulletin board-style engagement. There's so much to unpack here, and if a conversation about the so-called "rise in black British actors in America" is to be had, a rather one-sided, short-sighted BuzzFeed piece doesn't do much to inspire. It only further progresses previous theories that ultimately cause division within the diaspora.

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