For decades, African American performers have often taken incisive looks at major sociopolitical concerns, relationships and life in general. Their platform for such observations and commentary? Stand-up routines.
These movies with Black actors will inspire you or make you laugh!
Racism , Diversity. Matter of fact, my friend Jasper told me one of them coons came by his house to pick his sister up for a date. Beneath the humor lies a rich layer of social commentary about race relations in the United States. While comedians will make everyone uncomfortable at some point, good comics are playing an important function in society by holding up a mirror and forcing us to confront realities that we would often prefer to ignore. For minority groups, humor also serves as a tool to neutralize the power of stereotypes that obstruct their path to equal participation in society.
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Sherri Shepherd has made a career out of being different — refreshing, if you will — in a sea of comedians known for being bold and commanding. And very often that woman is Kym Whitley, a bona-fide scene stealer. Yvette Nicole Brown is no stand-up comedian, even if comedic acting is what most people know her for. Tiffany Haddish is legitimately having a moment. Standing out among comedic heavyweights like Anthony Anderson, Tracee Ellis Ross and Jenifer Lewis is no easy task, especially for a year-old. Her fingernails are longer than most, sure to be blinged out. Her hair is cut short, almost bald, of a glistening, graying blond. Her personality is loud, bold and, when necessary, brash. Erica Ash has done it all, quite successfully: Broadway, backup singing, modeling, acting and even ringside announcing.
How many Black friends do you have? In it, she interviews people who have been canceled — meaning that their personal views, whether political or artistic, are no longer welcome — but she also interviews comedians and people who serve as mouthpieces for pop culture like Jeremy O. Harris , an actor and playwright.