Black Actress Update: Props to Queen Latifah For Making ‘Joyful Noise’

About Us For Us

I saw the movie Joyful Noise over the weekend. I had no idea what it was about. I saw it with a girlfriend (who’s Asian), she was the one who recommended it. I think most of the reviews have been half and half regarding this film. It’s a musical, a comedy with small bits of drama.

The storyline is rather old fashioned, family friendly, and when I watched it, I felt it would be a perfect musical for the stage (Off or On-Broadway). I liked the music so much, I’m buying the soundtrack. By the way, I’m also a Dolly Parton fan. It was nice to see her in this film. Kirk Franklin shows up to do a song.

The Film’s Focus

One thing about Queen Latifah, when she makes a film with a black woman / women in it – she doesn’t take the spotlight off of them to share it with others. That will be part and parcel of why this film wont get high grades: there’s no storyline about any white girl(s) in this. It’s about black women: their friends, frenemies, families and men (black, white and Asian).

Yup, all the interracial couples in this movie involve black women. πŸ™‚

Think about that when others try to persuade you to see films where we are invisible, don’t exist, or only make up part of the background scenery.

The Audience

From my quick visual survey at the time, the demographics looked rather good: a mixed crowd of people over 25, although mostly white couples or white women with their kids.

That tells me that a variety of folks will come out to see a film with black women in the lead.


So, I stand up and applaud Queen Latifah for quietly putting out a movie, TV program, or whatever, year after year that focus on us. Somehow, she’s figured out how navigate the treacherous waters of Hollywood as an Executive Producer to get stuff done.

I hope more black women can do the same.

The Red Tails Discussion

Also, I wanted to point everyone to the awesome discussion over on What About Our Daughters regarding the lack of black women in the film Red Tails by George Lucas.

Ladies, at the end of the day, it’s your wallet, do as you please. πŸ˜€


Update: My bad … I should have mentioned Keke Palmer. Her singing is amazing. I say if they ever wanted to make a new and improved, yet younger version of, The Bodyguard, they’ve got their girl.



21 thoughts on “Black Actress Update: Props to Queen Latifah For Making ‘Joyful Noise’”

  1. I absolutely agree. I wouldn’t watch this film at all.

    I don’t think there is any conspiracy to exclude bw, but I have learned the value of quid pro quo. If something does not advance my interests, I will not spend my money on it. Period.

    Unfortunately a lot of bw haven’t learned this lesson πŸ™

    GoldenAh: I mean, what is there to support when it comes to this movie? There are plenty of good books, documentaries, and museums to check out. HBO made a film years ago about the Tuskegee Airmen. Perhaps it’s for the illiterate and uneducated among us who need a badly made Hollywood flick to learn something. However, that’s no way to truly learn history. It’s scary, because imagine what they’ll do to the Civil Rights movement in a couple of years. It’ll be all about one or two negroes and “good” white women. Scary.

    If I don’t exist even in a “black people’s history” film then where do I, as a black woman, belong? If my image is so easy to erase, I can definitely keep my invisible, non-existent wallet closed. I wish we could all be so hardcore and stop feeding these people.

    Great to hear from you, Belleafrique.

  2. Goldenah, I think you have me confused with DailyLattes on WOAD? The one who is making a movie this year? Can’t take credit for that one, though ’tis awesome for DailyLattes! I didn’t post a comment on the WOAD discussion. I’m certainly not creative in the traditional, artsy sense, so many kudos to those who are!

    That said,
    I agree with all of your points on the Black Thought Police.

    I like Keke Palmer as well, though I’ve only seen her in Akeelah and the Bee. I hope her career flourishes.

    GoldenAh: Sorry. I was excited and should have double checked. I need to go lay down somewhere and relax. πŸ™‚

  3. Also, I wanted to point everyone to the awesome discussion over on What About Our Daughters regarding the lack of black women in the film Red Tails by George Lucas.

    Yes, I’ve been following that discussion. I was waiting for the “Well, if you support this film, black women will be in the other ones” perspective. And sure enough, at least one commenter posted it. I just hope black women won’t fall for the okey doke on this one.

    And about Queen Latifah – I can’t say I like all of her movies, but at least she handles her business for the films she can produce and distribute. U-N-I-T-Y apparently wasn’t just a slogan for her during her days as a rapper.

    GoldenAh: I saw your contribution to the discussion: Congratulations on doing your thing, girl. Don’t ever hesitate to brag about your accomplishments here (links too!). It’s always welcome. πŸ˜€

    What grates on my nerves with the “Black Thought Police” is:
    1. We aughts ta be grateful and see this film, which sounds like the brainwashing push that happened with The Help.
    2. Black people = black males. Black women aren’t “black people”, only the men are.
    3. “No black women” is an acceptable and necessary move in order for the “black people” film to be successful.
    4. Replacing black women with white women is not only acceptable and necessary, we’re jealous bitches if we don’t go with the program.
    5. Our bodies, time, and money are resources that belongs to the “black community” to direct at will. They command. So we must obey and put up the dollars. (Hell will freeze over before I listen to these effing idiots.)
    6. George Lucas put his money into a “black people” film. So “black people”, in this case, black women are obligated to pay back this billionaire his “investment” into “our” history. You know, the one where we’re relegated to nothingness on the big screen.
    7. Because we’re all so uneducated, uninformed and dumb, none of us can truly learn about black history unless it’s been made into a film by Hollywood. We’re such a sad sad people. πŸ™‚
    8. I don’t care who he’s banging. That would never compel me to see anybody’s movie.

    Lemme stop before I start cursing…. πŸ˜€

    Liked your comment on WAOD, Daphne, you were on fire.

  4. I also think it has something to do with Keke Palmer as well. All of the recent stuff Keke has done, True Jackson V.P., Degrassi, now Joyful Noise, Keke’s love interest in someone of another race. This is why I love her. As young as she is, she gets it.

    Even though, im mega past her target demographic, I always loved seeing her kissy woo woo with that hot white boy on TJVP. Im glad she is continuing the trend. I will definitely see Joyful Noise.

    GoldenAh: Yeah, you’re right, I gotta give Keke her props, too. I updated the post. I’m sorry I forgot to mention her. She’s a very talented young woman. I first saw her in Akeelah and the Bee, loved that film.

    And I congratulate her for playing a nice, normal, young black girl / woman. I really like that. We don’t see enough of that with all the bizarre caricatures of black womanhood running around.

    Great points you made there, Mikey.

  5. Will have to see this movie based on your review. Queen Latifah is a pretty good actress. Absolutely loved her in “Bringing Down the House”. The only movie I could not watch her in was the one with Common, as I cannot stand him.

    GoldenAh: That was a monster hit for her years ago. Enjoyed that film too. She was Executive Producer (the boss), and that’s when I became really impressed with her.

    Oh yeah, Common. Hmmm. He has a TV show now. It seems to be one of those “black women didn’t exist in the wild west”, unless she’s lighter than a paper bag or is wearing an unbelievable, distracting, out-of-time-and-place monster weave. I don’t have anything against him, but color me disinterested where he’s concerned.

    Thanks for the feedback, Patricia. Hope you enjoy the movie. πŸ˜€

  6. I hope movies like this come out. Btw I just love that Keke Palmer. Beautiful and talented!

    GoldenAh: I’m glad you reminded me of Keke. I couldn’t believe I forgot to mention this talented young woman.

    Glad to hear from you, Alivia. πŸ˜€

  7. I’m on the fence about this one too. I think the story line is great and I like that BW are the focus but I absolutely can’t stand musicals!

    GoldenAh: It feels a bit long at 2 hrs, but maybe it’s because me and my friend showed up way way too early.

    I can tell you that nearly every scene has singing, but it’s not grating. The music is quite good. Although you can wait for the DVD so you can fast forward through it. πŸ˜€

    Thanks for stopping by, Zabeth.

  8. I just saw the movie and thoroughly enjoyed it. The film is a family friendly movie (even with the few curse words). I also loved the interracial romances. It was surprised and encouraged to see how the BW/Asian romances were portrayed in addition to the depiction of young love.I hope there will be more of this kind of film in the future. I definitely supported the movie with my dollars.

    Kudos to the cast, director, and producers. Well done.

    GoldenAh: Yeah, that IR with the BW/AM was a kicker, right? I did not expect that! It was pleasantly surprising. I don’t know if any movie has ever shown anything with a BW / AM to that extent, unless it was an indy. Unfortunately, I don’t know of any (as of now).

    Thanks for the input, Lady Arabella Victoria. πŸ˜€

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