Thursday, 6 November 2008

Black Love

Images of Black couples in the media has always been a turbulent one and more often than not it has often been negative. The relationship between Black men and women have historically been depicted as dysfunctional, unhealthy and sometime violent. When I was younger I used to wince when a Black couple came onto the big or small screen as I could tell that something horrible was going to happen. A lot of the depiction was down to racism and deep ignorance as well as an imbalance in the number of people of colour who are in production positions in film and TV. The 70s had a few gems in the shape of Lady Sings the Blues in which Diana Ross played jazz singer, Billie Holiday. The story demonstrated how Billie's life was marred by her drug addiction but what was poignant about the film were the loving scenes between Billie and her husband, Louis who was played by Billy Dee Williams. The Cosby Show carried the baton next with the tales of Cliff and Clair Huxtable and their five lively children. Cliff played by the legendary, Bill Cosby absolutely doted on Clair and was not ashamed to show it. Where The Cosby Show left off the films in the 90s and naughties took up and we saw films like Love Jones, Brown Sugar, Love and Basketball representing Black love in a realistic way. Just like any other the couples in these films had their ups and downs but they were treated in a respectful and positive way. Now we see Black love represented in the tallest order. The new President of the United States and his First Lady are a loving couple who have caught the imagination of the world. He the powerful orator who instill passion and pride in his countryman and she the tall elegant figure who is the backbone in the partnership. Together with their two daughters they will be the most glamorous family to enter the White House since JFK and his family swept everyone off their feet in 1960. So it was of great pleasure to me to see the image of Barack kissing his wife tenderly after he had won the presidential campaign plastered all over the media. Talk about full circle. Here's to you Barack and Michelle. Yes We Can!!!

7 cool comments:

coco said...

I think they look like such a lovely couple.

MsQuiche said...

I think the world has fallen in love with this family... I know I certainly have. I echo everything you've just written. And to think they used to say that the Cosby show portrayed an unrealistic depiction of the black family *sucks teeth*.

migratingfishswim said...

yes we can...and yes we did!

ondo lady, i could not agree more with you about the typical depiction of people of colour on tv and in hollywood films...which is one of the reasons i try to look elsewhere for my entertainment

i think the new first family sends a challenge that needs to be taken-up here in britain. more on this at my blog post http://whatisinterestingmetoday.blogspot.com/2008/11/obamas-win-balancing-joy-hope-and.html

i was also challenged by obama's acceptance speech in a second way: he introduced michelle as the rock of their family and the love of his life. this has inspired me to try and behave towards the one i love in such a way that he thinks of me like that, even if he doesn't broadcast it to millions :-)

My Fashion Frenzy said...

Such a beautiful thing.

princesa said...

They are indeed a beautiful couple. They make me want to get married and to God, i want a husband like Obama!

Kwana said...

Wonderful post. I'm still floating on air over the election. I could not be prouder over our new President and First lady.

Shanti said...

Will and Jada used to be my uber-couple...looks like they just got relegated!

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