Since the Golden Globes is Forever Whitewashed, Let’s Celebrate the Blackness

As usual, the Golden Globes were a pretentious celebration of white awesomeness. Very few Black people were nominated and our impressive works of art, like Selma, were sidestepped for various coming-of-age white stories that I positively never heard of.

my tweetIn the coming days, we’re sure to see mainstream white media outlets circulating stories and photos about how great white people are. Hell, it’s already happening. ArtsMic already published a story saying that comediennes Amy Poehler and Tina Fey “slayed” the opening monologue. Like really? Sure, there were a few zingers and sprinkled chuckles, but to “slay” is a term of endearment used for the likes of Beyonce and Lupita, not an average soliloquy. Watch for yourself, and tell me if they “slayed.”

So, for those of us who want to see creatives who look like us uplifted for their bodies of work, I present you this piece that exclusively showcases the awesomeness that was Black Beauty at the 72nd Annual Golden Globes.

We’ll start with fashion…

Director Ava DuVernay made history by becoming the first Black women to be nominated for Best Director. She absolutely dazzles in this fitted Zac Posen navy blue gown. Her locked crown frames her face majestically, thus evoking an unrivaled spirit of royalty.

Ava Duvernay_72GGOf course Lupita Nyong’o shined in this Giambattista Valli gown. The floral bodice gracefully transitions to a creme ombré. Lupita once again shows us why she reigns as red carpet fashion guru. A bit later, a bespectacled Lupita presented an award alongside Colin Farrell.

Lupita Nyongo_72GGKerry Washington sent a message with this daring Mary Katrantzou gown. This look isn’t one of my favorites, but the rose color sits nicely on her skin, especially when accented by her flawless makeup.

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Kerry Washington Dress From the Side

Viola Davis appealed to our seductive regal senses in this cranberry red Donna Karan Atelier gown. She was nominated for Best Actress in a Drama Series for her role as Annalise Keating in How To Get Away With Murder.

Viola Davis_72GGUzo Aduba sparkled in a Randi Rahm patterned caviar halter gown. She was nominated for Best Supporting Actress in a Series, Miniseries, or Television Film for her role as Crazy Eyez in Orange is the New Black. The gown was adorned with crystals and rubies.

Uzo_72GGCo-star Danielle Brooks wore a hip-hugging Carmen Marc Valvo gown. Orange is the New Black was nominated for Best Musical or Comedy Series.

Danielle_72GGDespite having her name butchered for the millionth time, Quvenzhané Wallis radiated a precocious elegance uncommon for most 11 year olds. The recent Annie star was nominated for Best Actress in a Comedy or Musical. Wearing an Armani Junior lilac-and-white gown, Wallis, who is a spokesmodel for the brand, is repping her camp beautifully.

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For the record, here’s how her name is pronounced:

Not to be outdone, Black men also gave us suave and sexy.

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David Oyelowo was nominated for Best Actor for his role as Martin Luther King in “Selma.”

 

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John Legend alongside partner Chrissy Teigen. Tiegen is wearing Zuhair Murad.

 

The highlight of my night was Common. Accepting a Golden Globe for Best Song for “Glory,” Common referenced the recent increase in racial tensions while wrapping into the historical context of The Civil Rights Movement.

Common Acceptance SpeechAn emotional Oprah looked on as the legendary Prince, following his own performance, handed them their accolades.

Common’s words were more than necessary in a night of pompous showcasing. As I clenched my breath hoping for these prolific Black creatives to win in their respective fields, I was jarringly reminded that these award shows simply are not for us. Regardless, I could rely on Mother Ava to keep faith alive.

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photo 1Get at me @arielle_newton. Get at us @BlkMillennials.

 

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4 responses to “Since the Golden Globes is Forever Whitewashed, Let’s Celebrate the Blackness

  1. Actually these dresses they are wearing are lifting up the bodies of work belonging to the fashion designers. None of whom are black. Mary Katrantzou is Greek and lives in London. Donna Karan is a white Jewish woman, Randi Rahm is a white woman, Carmen Marc Valvo is of spanish italian descent and a NYC Parsons trained designer. Armani is an italian man. Zuhair Murad is Beirut based, Lebanese educated in Paris and first based in Rome. I’m not sure about Giambattista Valli… but they sound Italian… maybe they are black…

    Some more current black designers are Laqaun Smith, Sammy B. Designs, Kimberly Goldson (Harlem Fashion Show), Azede Jean-Pierre, Charles Harbison, Hassan Pierre and one of the more known is Tracy Reese. There are others… but these were selected from a more current list created by New York’s fashion week.

    Although the fashions designed by famous musicians who like to brand everything such as Sean Combs and Beyonce etc. don’t count in my book as real designers (as it’s not their passion or preferred art form), they too could have been designing for the community of black actors, directors and celebrities.

    There’s no problem with the designers they’ve chosen to be ornaments for, but if you want to jab all the white people elevating themselves in the award ceremony you gotta do it right and ask where were the black fashion designers? Because the fashion empire is still mostly a patriarchal showcasing of women in clothes that don’t reflect how they feel about their own beauty, and hollywood and music industries use fashion as power, just as kings and presidents wives do.

    btw I didn’t watch the Golden Globes…

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  2. You wrote pretty much summed up majority of my Twitter and Facebook timelines during the Golden Globe. I admit, I am usually unfamiliar with majority of the movies and TV shows covered this year I felt exceedingly out of the loop. I think I may have been familiar with one or two works that were nomination. SO I asked : Do I need to do better or Do THEY need to do better. While I understand with majority of these shows, it is what it is, I did find it disturbing that I was completely out of the loop with shows that were clearly popular enough to win over and over. The fashion was a bit “yawning” after a while. I will say Jennifer Lopez actually “slays” but it is expected at this point. I wanted some competition from that stand point. All in All, I agree with a lot of what you said. And it appears the Oscars will follow this same lack of diversity.

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