Later this evening, Dr. Vibe, from The Dr. Vibe Show and I will be coming together once again to continue our discussion on racism on the social media platform Blab. After our last discussion was done, we knew that we had barely scratched the surface of this topic and that a part two would be necessary. For me, what was even greater than the discussion about racism was seeing how uniquely the views were from a generational perspective. This was my goal from the start, as it was titled Builders, Boomers, Busters, and Bridgers. If you missed it, you can watch it now before tonight’s part two happens.
As we have just celebrated the anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., there are still questions that remain about “The Dream” he shared, which he said, “is rooted in the American Dream.” There are also questions about the recent cries from Hollywood artist’s who claim racial bias regarding diversity and opportunities for recognition. Tonight’s discussion will begin here. Where it goes from here, I strongly believe will be determined by those who come and share their personal insights.
This continues to be a generational discussion. As I have shared before, the Builder generation consists of those born between 1922 and 1942. They are the ones who came through the great depression and the aftermath of the First World War. Many in this generation watched Hattie McDaniel become the first African American to win an Academy Award for her supporting role in Gone With the Wind.
The Boomer generation consists of those who were born between 1942 and 1962. This is the generation who experienced the Second World War and are the largest recorded generation in American history. This would also be the generation to see Sidney Poitier become the first and youngest African American Actor to win an Academy Award for Best Actor for his role in Lilies in the Field.
The Buster generation is made up of those who were born between 1962 and 1982. This is the generation that became the first to know what it was like to attend desegregated schools, saw the aftermath of the Vietnam War, and saw many nominated for Academy Awards, yet always coming up short of the win.
The Bridger generation is made up of those who were born between 1982 and 2002. This generation experienced the Gulf War, the terror attacks of 9/11/01, and saw Denzel Washington become the second African American man to win for Best Actor in Training Day, while Halle Berry became the first woman to win Best Actress for Monster’s Ball.
Hollywood has played a significant role in how the world both sees and interacts with the African American community. It will be interesting to hear the discussion of each generation give input as to how Hollywood has either helped or hindered the progress of Dr.King’s Dream and The American Dream. It is my hope that as we discuss this and more, that it won’t just be talk, but a movement towards solutions and a resolve to make a difference for the next generation, which ABC Family has interestingly dubbed the Beginner generation, because the are becoming the first of a generation to inherit and have access to much of the technology that has been produced in the last three to four generations.
QUESTION: What are your thoughts about Dr. King’s Dream and Hollywood’s role in progressing or hindering it?
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