>A little while ago on this morning’s airing of The Today Show, the conflictingly bubbly-yet-take-me-serious presence that is Katie Couric interviewed Best Actor nominee Terrence Howard. The exchange went a lil’ something like this:
Katie: You play someone who’s not a particularly appealing character in Hustle & Flow…a pimp…
Katie: …you’re the only person of color nominated in the…acting nominees, and last year five of the twenty acting nominees were African-American or people of color…so, do you have any reaction to that? Are you surprised?
Terrence: …I feel like right now I have the opportunity to represent the entire black race right now, the black artistic community, and, that’s just how it is, you know…we do the best we can…and just being a part of it, being their figurehead right now, and know (sic) the responsibility is there…and to have that whole galvanized support of that community behind me now…I think it…it increases my chances.
So there you have it, people. The black community might have lost one iconic lightskinned figurehead today (an immensely important and great lady for our times), but another lightskinned force has simultaneously risen from the ashes.
Give it up for Big T.!!! Holdin’ it down for the brown in Hollywood!!
(Alright Lance and all the brothers tired of the ‘lightskinned brothers are so sexy’ parade…you can release the Kraken of counter-commentary I know I’m going to get. Mel, if you’re reading this, I’m routing them to you. I’m not equipped to speak on it. Besides, I’m an equal opportunity ‘that’s a fine mofo‘ kind of girl.)