Saturday, January 17, 2009

NWSF Bullet: Blame it on the Movie?

According to news reports out of Greensboro, there was a shooting at the premier of "Notorious," the Biggie Smalls story, last night. Both Fox 8 and the Greensboro News and Record are reporting that the star of the movie Jamal Woolard was at the theatre, The Grand 18 Four Seasons Station cinemas , when the shooting occurred.

The News and Record is, also, reporting that the theater has suspended showing the movie.

Now let me say from the jump, I still think that the Notorious BIG was overrated in the big scheme of things and that life many times does imitate art.


It never ceases to amaze me how those rich white movie executives pump billions of dollars into pushing movies and music that promote black on black violence 24 hours a day and then folks act surprised when the chickens come home to roost?

Also, there is always a fear that anytime black folks gather for anything (especially when music is bumpin') that there is gonna be trouble.

This paranoia has nothing to do with "Notorious" because this perception goes all the way back to the days of Krush Grove.

These aren't black folks who ultimately determine what images are given to the masses. These are old white men sitting in a board room somewhere. And they are more than happy to sacrifice the lives of a few rappers or movie goers if that means that they can make a few million bucks.

So before we blame "tha hood" we need to point the finger at Hollywood.