Igwe and I recently discovered the awesomeness that is Homeland, a series on Showtime. I mean, it’s freaking awesome!! Talk about a great story line, suspense, drama, intrigue … you know, all the things that Nollywood doesn’t have, but doesn’t know that it doesn’t have.
The show is centered around Carrie Mathison (played by Claire Danes), a CIA Agent and Nicholas Brody (played by Damian Lewis), a rescued POW. Just when we think we have figured it out, bam! they hit us with a new twist. We sit up in bed wide-eyed, clutching the sheets, and breathless. Now, it sounds like I’m describing something else, but it really is the effect of this Homeland show. I would absolutely love to be in an episode. *Cough, Cough*
There is also another show called Scandal that shows on ABC, and I have heard very, very good things about the plot and its lead character, Olivia Pope, played by Kerry Washington. Igwe and I have not had the chance to watch it yet because the first season is over and they are now in their second season, but the first season is no longer available OnDemand (unlike Homeland which is still available because it airs on a Premium Channel – Showtime).
I recently heard from an African-American acquaintance that Homeland is for White people and Scandal is for Black people, especially considering that the lead characters in Homeland are White, while the lead character in Scandal is Black (and Scandal is written by a Black woman, Shonda Rhimes, the same woman who wrote Grey’s Anatomy).
So here’s the thing: I did not know that! Who are the people that decide what show is for Black and/or White people? And why don’t they keep me informed? There are certain shows that are obviously White or obviously Black (*cough* Meet The Browns), but honestly, I do not notice these things when I’m watching television. I just want to watch great television (and I am by no means implying that Meet The Browns is great television … sorry Funmie), and shows like Homeland, Newsroom, Game Of Thrones (and hopefully, Scandal, soon) make me feel smarter after the episode is over.
Same goes for movies. I remember when Igwe and I went to see Think Like A Man, and the theater was full, but I could only count 3 White people. Outside the theater, all the other White people walked past our theater and went to the one on the right where The Lucky One was playing, and I don’t remember now if I saw a Black person entering that theater.
Do you notice people’s color when you watch movies and/or television? And do colors determine what you watch or don’t watch?