Steve McQueen’s most recent work of art was a blue vision in Amsterdam’s largest public park, the Vondelpark. For two weeks, from March 7–25, all 275 streetlamps that usually use a warm white light were replaced with a subdued blue toned light. McQueen’s objective with “Blues Before Sunrise” was to stimulate the senses via an aspect of cinema.
The nominees are in… this past Tuesday the annual Oscar nominations were announced. A lover of movies, I was always impressed by a show that honored the best of the best in film as a youth.
Blacks in Motion Pictures provide some of the most interesting studies along with the many controversial interpretations of the roles they played on the silver screen. The messages or themes of these movies have over the years presented a mixture of images based upon what was thought to please the viewers of each particular film. However, many of those films showed Black characters in negative stereotypical roles which the average Blacks would never truly identify as being like themselves.