This is not a new story, however it is a difficult one.
Because whereas Cleopatra dominated over Egypt, there has lengthy been debate over whether or not she had African ancestry, on condition that she hailed from a lengthy line of Macedonian Greeks. (As a geography reminder, Egypt is positioned on the continent of Africa.)
But the difficulty is larger than only one position.
“Color-blind casting,” as it has come to be identified, has each its critics and its supporters for myriad honest and vital causes.
Here are a handful of casting decisions which have infected public feeling towards Hollywood.
Jake Gyllenhaal: Folks had been none too completely happy when the actor performed the lead position within the 2010 fantasy movie “Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time.” Gyllenhaal did not find it irresistible both.
Leonardo DiCaprio: All it took was for Oscar-winning screenwriter David Franzoni to publicly specific curiosity in DiCaprio enjoying 13th-century Persian poet and scholar of Islam Jalal ad-Din Muhammad Rumi for individuals to be up in arms in 2016. For the document, DiCaprio has not been forged within the position.
The actuality is that if Hollywood had been a degree enjoying subject, we’d be at a place the place the argument may very well be made that each one roles must be open to anybody and should the perfect particular person be forged.
But we aren’t there but.
And till we’re, there’ll proceed to be consternation — particularly from these craving higher representation.
For your weekend
Three issues to observe:
‘A West Wing Special to Benefit When We All Vote’
There is no technique to escape politics this yr, even in case you wished to.
I, for one, will welcome the calming affect of Martin Sheen as President Josiah “Jed” Bartlet.
Amazon payments this as an “intimate yet epic love story filmed over two decades,” by which “indomitable matriarch Fox Rich strives to raise her six sons and keep her family together as she fights for her husband’s release from the Louisiana State Penitentiary, commonly known as Angola.”
For anybody who needs to be reminded of the facility of affection, “Time” begins streaming on Amazon Prime Friday.
‘Batman: Death within the Family’
Will Robin die or live another day to assist the Dark Knight?
You tell us, since the ending is up to you.
“Batman: Death within the Family” is available on Blu-ray or for digital download.
Two things to listen to:
Shout-out to my fellow Baltimore native Mario, whose new album, “Closer to Mars,” drops on Friday.
I’ve been following his career since 2002, when as a teen he burst on the scene with the hit R&B single “Just a Friend.” Just last week, I cued up his ballad “Let Me Love You” to test our new surround system.
“People create from a completely different area right this moment. Loads of our music is influenced by the tradition, whereas earlier than we’re influencing the tradition,” he said.
“Now, we’re influenced by what we hear. ‘Okay, this is going to work for TikTok’ or ‘this is going to work for this or that playlist’ — within the mainstream. There are a lot of artists who make music they like to make and it lands wherever it lands. Whoever’s purported to obtain it, receives it.”
“Wildflowers & All the Rest” contains a remastered version of the original 1994 “Wildflowers” album, plus previously unreleased songs.
The multi-LP project drops Friday.
One thing to talk about:
Sia could have hidden her face for years, however we will see her coronary heart.
She said she had long wanted to be a mom and had tried for years to get pregnant via in vitro fertilization with her ex-husband, filmmaker Erik Anders Lang.
“I discovered the story of a 16-year-old boy (whom Sia prefers to maintain nameless to guard his identification) and immediately fell in love with him,” she said. “Older youngsters have a actually onerous time getting adopted, and after I noticed him, I stated to myself, ‘That’s my son.’ I knew I wished to assist him.”
Brava to a star of her magnitude reminding us that all children, no matter their age, deserve a family.
Something to sip on
Megan Thee Stallion has had some main ups and downs this yr, however she’s proudly owning all of them and strolling in her affect.
While Thee Stallion has been topping the music charts, she has continued to pursue her bachelor’s degree in health administration at Texas Southern University.
Plenty of women in the rap game spit lyrics about being a boss, but Megan Thee Stallion is actually living it.
We are all the better for her speaking up and out.
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