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SXSW Film 2015

Who's Afraid of a Big, Black... Heart? #BlackLove

Films like Love Jones, The Best Man and Brown Sugar presented a positive image to the world of what Black love could look like. But the times they are a changing. Black romantic relationships founded on the principles of commitment have been replaced with an influx of promoted promiscuity. From Love & Hip-Hop to Scandal, reality show vixens/villains and adulterous central characters dominate the images of African American on screen. Who’s responsible for this drastic shift and what can be done to reverse it?

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  1. Are the days of positive Black Love on the screen a thing of the past in pop culture? Or is there hope for a return to diversity?
  2. Should our more powerful Black stars make more of a fuss on who their co-stars are going to be? Or are interracial relationships becoming the norm both on and off the screen?
  3. Has the influx of reality TV shows starring people of color done more harm than good for the perception of Black folks? If so, what can be done to reverse the negative connotations?
  4. While more women of color are getting an opportunity to headline successful shows, but how long will it be before we see a role that does not include a story arch centered on infidelity?
  5. Who has more power in Hollywood, the casting directors and script writers or the actors who can always choose to refuse a role?

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Anslem Rocque, Managing Editor, Moguldom Media Group

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