Lena Waithe Calls Out Will Smith, Denzel Washington for Not Funding More Black Films

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    Lena Waithe has a bone to pick with major black movie stars like Denzel Washington and Will Smith. In an interview with The New York Times about the current state of Hollywood, Waithe says one of the biggest roadblacks facing young black filmmakers and storytellers is the lack of black financiers in Hollywood. Waithe, the creator of the Showtime drama series “The Chi” and the screenwriter behind Warner Bros.’ fall drama “Queen & Slim,” makes note that no major studio has ever been run by a black man. But even in the indie space young black talent is struggling to get projects made and a lot of big-name black talent are not helping.

    “Don’t get me started on black financiers!” Waithe said. “How many of those do we have? I’m not [going to name] names because I know better, but there are some very big black movie stars out there, and they could pay for two or three or even five small independent movies to get made by black directors and black writers.

    Waithe asked New York Times carpetbagger Kyle Buchanan who produced “Moonlight” and “12 Years a Slave,” two films that are “very important to the black community.” The answer is Plan B, a production company co-founded by Brad Pitt and run by co-presidents Jeremy Kleiner and Dede Gardner.

    “[It] wasn’t Denzel. Wasn’t Will Smith,” Waithe said. “You won’t catch me making $20 million a movie and not paying for at least four or five independent movies a year. I do give credit to Ava [DuVernay] for trying to build something that hasn’t been built before, but that’s a lot on Ava’s back.”

    Waithe continued, “I’m over here trying to build a community, and I don’t see other people doing it. I really do feel like there’s a way for us to change the movie business from the inside out, but we’re all in our own silos doing our own thing. We’re definitely in the middle of a renaissance, make no mistake. In 20 years, people are going to be writing about what you’re writing about. But for me, I want more.”

    When asked what other industry issues are concerning her at the moment, Waithe responded that film criticism no longer exists in a real way. “A lot of bad black movies get good reviews because white critics are afraid to pan them,” she said. I love what Chris Rock had to say, that black people haven’t overcome until we’re allowed to fail. We still feel this guilt of, ‘Go support this movie because there’s black folks in it.'”

    On November 27, Universal Pictures will release the Waithe-scripted “Queen & Slim,” starring Daniel Kaluuya and Jodie Turner-Smith. The dramatic thriller marks the feature directional debut of Melina Matsoukas, best known as the Grammy Award-winning music video director behind Rihanna’s “We Found Love” and Beyonce’s “Formation.”
     
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    :francis::francis::francis: pocket watching

    How many people could take their own money and support local black charities...blah blah blah blah :stopitslime:
     
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    doesn't Denzel have a scholarship that pays for black actors and actresses to be trained or study or some shyt? I remember Chadwick Boseman saying Denzel paid for his shyt
     
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    Here we go :stopitslime:Will and Denzel have both supported a lot of black actors. Folks don’t even know Denzel paid for Chadwick B.s acting school back in the day because he couldn’t afford it. Now that nikka is the Black Panther. And that’s just an off the top example. She needs to sit the fukk down.
     
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    :dwillhuh: Didn't a whole bunch of them come out and fund Malcolm X, plus will smith has a production company so most of the stuff Will is in he puts money on...


    I mean I get it, but lets be honest here, Oprah and a bunch of others who got Billions should be opening up checkbooks for black filmmakers.....:beli: its not just on Denzel and Will
     
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    Sick of this bull dagger
     
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    I KNOW THIS MAN LOOKING LONG FACED PENIS ENVY BUTCH NOT SAYING THIS shyt:angry:

    fukk her!
     
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    I hate the concept of if you’re not doing it the way I’m doing it, then it’s a problem. Little girl, you have no clue what they are financing or what projects they are behind. Worry about what you’re doing.
     
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    :francis:U just got on, take it easy
     
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    That's what I'm saying...:heh:
     
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    Played herself
     
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    Maybe she should focus on finding a way to make that type of money herself AND THEN finance whatever she wants to finance. Why do people always feel the need to tell other people how to spend their money?
     
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    fukk this butch.
     
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    like she has the access to know every single thing they have ever funded :rolleyes:

    she talking outta her ass
     
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    Motherfukkas need to stop pocket watching others talking about what they need to do with their money. Denzel, Will, etc are not obligated to give back or put another on.
     
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