Well, just when our brothers and sisters from Africa, the US and the Caribbean were beginning to develop synergistic methods for moving forward; reuniting our skills, efforts and missions - up jumps the ugly spectre of the myth of Tarzan - big as life and twice as ugly.
It appears that Hollyweird has done it again - or at least tried to - because out of the moldy oldy past, the bogus legend of Tarzan has been reinvented and foisted upon movie goers. Yes, your heard me. Tarzan - or as my sister and I used to call him when we were kids Naz-rat (which is Tarzan spelled backwards).
Not that we didn't watch all the Black and white movie of Tarzan on TV as kids, because there was very little original TV programming in Oklahoma City during the early days of WKY-TV; because we surely did. And like most kids our age, who had not been informed, we'd go into the back yard and swing from the ropes and do the infamous yell - as most of the uninformed kids our age would do. That was until the magic age of ten, when our NAACP Youth Council mentors began to give us the real story behind Tarzan. That was it for us.
I dare say that there are millions of white kids who never got that information, who have grown up with the image of this throwback in their psyches, and one of them is now either the writer or producer of this awful throw up.
Brother Milton Allimadi, publisher of the Black Star News has an analysis and a few choice words for him and those of his ilk. I consider Milton to be an expert on things African, since he is from Africa - born and bred - unlike the ersatz great white dope - er, hope - they keep trying to foist on the media.
So I'm posting his commentary - and it is indeed considerable and in depth - here. It must have been painful, aggravating and insulting for him to have sat through this load of crap. He is to be commended for his restraint in not taking physical action; but instead using the media to inform folks - don't believe the great white hype -
NOTE TO PARENTS - ESPECIALLY BLACK PARENTS:
If you do allow your kids to go see this madness, let me give you some advice as to how to make sure they don't get caught up in the hype: Start by telling them it's a work of FICTION - as are most Hollyweird productions; that it's racist and anti-Black; that it sets a white man up as the hero in a land where the entire population is Black; that whites went into Africa 400 years ago, kidnapped our ancestors and brought them here to be slaves - which is how most of s got here; and they have spent years and millions of dollars trying to continuously make us believe they are superior - when it's really us, because no other people have endured what we did, lived to tell about it and are continuing to grow despite what happened. And lastly, tell them to take notes on how many times in the movie they make it look as if nothing would have happened if it had not been for Nazrat - because that's where the lie is. Tell them to put the initials b.s. by it. Guaranteed they'll come out with their eyes totally open.
My footnote to this is that Black people should be making (actually, MUST MAKE) more pro-Africa, African American, Afro Caribbean, Afro Brazilian movies - in modern time, where we are working together, where we have begun to build and develop and unify and grow. Movies where the Diaspora begins to reunite. We now have enough creative, talented, intelligent, informed BLACK WRITERS, PRODUCERS, ACTORS AND ACTRESSES - and WE HAVE THE TECHNOLOGY. Let's do this. Let's stop being reactionary to their crap, and build, tell and produce OUR OWN STORIES.
A fitting end to Naz-Rat would be for him to get his hair entangled in some of our African branches, like Absalom, and die a natural death befitting a white interloper. It's what I would have done if I had been writing this cockamamie story. Of course he would have been the side kick to a Black African hero who returned home in the 21st century - we need more modern day stories of contemporary heroism - with his technology and knowledge of Black history, and is now ready to do battle with despotic African administrators (I don't call them leaders unless they are like Nkrumah, Sekou Toure, Senghor, Jomo Kenyatta, or Mugabe, or Nyrere - who stand for their people); and the enemy would be the Chinese who have come to exploit and take over Africa after having over populated their own country. Let's keep it real real!!! But make it exciting. We can have united African forces - with adventuristic brothers from the US - just itching to use their AK-47s for something positive for a change. What better target than those who continue to try to subjugate Africa? Put some romance in there, and mix it with our wonderful culture and music - and you've got a block buster on your hands (please no more Blood Diamonds, either).
Let's write a story about getting the dregs of the post colonial europeans out of Africa and the rebuilding of Africa back into the empire she once was, only in modern time. And his name definitely would not be "Tarzan."
And while I'm on the subject, I highly recommend a wonderful piece that was filmed and produced by Philadelphia Cinematographer, BOB LOTT, entitled "AFRICAN GENESIS: Journey of the Songhai People, Part Two: GHANA: The Door of No Return"
The title may not be sexy, but the story is real, the film is great, inspiring, heart warming, and exciting. Check it out by contacting him via his website: www.boblottproducer.com
NOW THAT YOU KNOW, WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO ABOUT IT?
Stay Blessed &