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John Ridley IV. is an American screenwriter, film director, novelist, television showrunner and writer best known for 12 Years a Slave, for which he won an Academy Award in 2013 for Best Adapted Screenplay. Wikipedia

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Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Guerrilla2017TV Mini-Series executive producer - 2 episodes filming
American Crime2015-2017TV Series executive producer - 29 episodes
Ben-Hur2016executive producer
Presence2016TV Series executive producer
Out of the Furnace2013co-producer
Jimi: All Is by My Side2013executive producer
12 Years a Slave2013executive producer
Da Brick2011TV Movie executive producer
The Wanda Sykes Show2009-2010TV Series co-executive producer - 21 episodes
Barbershop2005-2006TV Series executive producer - 11 episodes
Bobby2006co-producer
Undercover Brother: The Animated Series2004Video short executive producer
Third WatchTV Series consulting producer - 44 episodes, 2000 - 2004 supervising producer - 21 episodes, 1999 - 2000
Platinum2003TV Series executive producer - 6 episodes
Undercover Brother2002executive producer
I Got You2002TV Movie executive producer
The Chang Family Saves the World2002TV Movie producer
Three Kings1999co-producer
U Turn1997executive producer
The Show1996TV Series consulting producer - 8 episodes
The John Larroquette Show1995-1996TV Series co-producer - 22 episodes

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Guerrilla2017TV Mini-Series 2 episodes filming
Untitled Marvel Cinematic Universe Television ShowTV Series announced
American CrimeTV Series created by - 31 episodes, 2015 - 2017 written by - 6 episodes, 2015 - 2016
Ben-Hur2016screenplay
Presence2016TV Series creator
Jimi: All Is by My Side2013written by
12 Years a Slave2013screenplay by
Red Tails2012screenplay / story
Da Brick2011TV Movie
The Wanda Sykes Show2009-2010TV Series head writer - 21 episodes
BarbershopTV Series creator - 11 episodes, 2005 - 2006 writer - 6 episodes, 2005 - 2006
Justice League: Starcrossed2004Video written by
Justice League2004TV Series teleplay - 1 episode
Undercover Brother: The Animated Series2004Video short
Third Watch1999-2004TV Series writer - 8 episodes
Those Who Walk in Darkness2003Video
Static Shock2003TV Series written by - 1 episode
PlatinumTV Series creator - 5 episodes, 2003 creator and story - 1 episode, 2003
Undercover Brother2002internet series / screenplay / story
Three Kings1999story
Trinity1999TV Series writer - 1 episode
Team Knight Rider1998TV Series written by - 1 episode
Cold Around the Heart1997written by
U Turn1997book "Stray Dogs" / screenplay
The Show1996TV Series writer - 1 episode
The John Larroquette Show1995TV Series writer - 2 episodes
The Fresh Prince of Bel-AirTV Series writer - 1 episode, 1994 written by - 1 episode, 1994
MartinTV Series 1 episode, 1993 writer - 2 episodes, 1994

Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Third Watch2000-2001TV Series creative consultant - 22 episodes
Trinity1998-1999TV Series creative consultant - 9 episodes
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air1994-1995TV Series story editor - 24 episodes

Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Guerrilla2017TV Mini-Series 3 episodes filming
American Crime2015-2016TV Series 5 episodes
Presence2016TV Series
Jimi: All Is by My Side2013
Barbershop2005-2006TV Series 2 episodes
Platinum2003TV Series 1 episode
Cold Around the Heart1997

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Lady Dynamite2016TV SeriesJohn Ridley
Don't Quit Your Day Job1996Video GameStand-Up Performances #19
Martin1993TV SeriesMan with car

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Motel2005thanks

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Close Up with the Hollywood Reporter2016TV SeriesHimself
The 67th Primetime Emmy Awards2015TV SpecialHimself - Nominated: imself - Nominated: Outstanding Writing for a Limited Series, Movie, or Dramatic Special and Outstanding Limited Series
On Story2015TV SeriesHimself
Good Morning America2015TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Real Time with Bill Maher2007-2015TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Guest
Entertainment Tonight2015TV SeriesHimself - Exec Producer, American Crime
12 Years a Slave: A Historical Portrait2014Video documentaryHimself
The 86th Annual Academy Awards2014TV SpecialHimself - Winner: Best Adapted Screenplay
The 2014 Film Independent Spirit Awards2014TV SpecialHimself - Winner
The EE British Academy Film Awards2014TV SpecialHimself - Pre-recorded Interview Segment
Good Day L.A.2014TV Series
Film '722014TV SeriesHimself - Interviewee
19th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards2014TV SpecialHimself - Winner (credit only)
71st Golden Globe Awards2014TV SpecialHimself - Nominee (credit only)
The Hollywood Reporter Roundtables2013TV SeriesHimself
Just Seen It2013TV SeriesHimself
The Reel Story: 12 Years a Slave2013VideoHimself
TakePart Live2013TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Curb: The Discussion2010TV SeriesHimself
Heckler2007DocumentaryHimself
Siskel & Ebert2006TV SeriesHimself - Guest Host
That's What I'm Talking About2006TV Series documentaryHimself
Movie Club with John Ridley2005TV SeriesHimself - Host
Dennis Miller2004-2005TV SeriesHimself
Tavis Smiley2004TV SeriesHimself
Now2002TV Series documentaryHimself - Commentator (segment "John Ridley")
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air1994TV SeriesHimself

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2016Black ReelBlack Reel AwardsOutstanding Original or Adapted Screenplay, TV Movie or Limited SeriesAmerican Crime (2015)
2016Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Directing in a Dramatic SeriesAmerican Crime (2015)
2015CCOPCríticos de Cinema Online Portugueses AwardsBest Adapted Screenplay (Melhor Argumento Adaptado)12 Years a Slave (2013)
2015IOFCP AwardInternational Online Film Critics' PollBest Adapted Screenplay12 Years a Slave (2013)
2014OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Writing, Adapted Screenplay12 Years a Slave (2013)
2014Hollywood AwardAcapulco Black Film FestivalBest Screenplay12 Years a Slave (2013)
2014Biografilm 10 Years Celebrating Lives AwardBiografilm FestivalJimi: All Is by My Side (2013)
2014Black ReelBlack Reel AwardsOutstanding Screenplay (Adapted or Original), Motion Picture12 Years a Slave (2013)
2014Critics Choice AwardBroadcast Film Critics Association AwardsBest Adapted Screenplay12 Years a Slave (2013)
2014Gold Derby AwardGold Derby AwardsAdapted Screenplay12 Years a Slave (2013)
2014Humanitas PrizeHumanitas PrizeFeature Film Category12 Years a Slave (2013)
2014Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Writing in a Motion Picture - (Theatrical or Television)12 Years a Slave (2013)
2014Independent Spirit AwardIndependent Spirit AwardsBest Screenplay12 Years a Slave (2013)
2014NCFCA AwardNorth Carolina Film Critics AssociationBest Adapted Screenplay12 Years a Slave (2013)
2014OFTA Film AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium12 Years a Slave (2013)
2014USC Scripter AwardUSC Scripter Award12 Years a Slave (2013)· Solomon Northup (author)
2013AAFCA AwardAfrican-American Film Critics Association (AAFCA)Best Screenplay12 Years a Slave (2013)
2013EDA AwardAlliance of Women Film JournalistsBest Writing, Adapted Screenplay12 Years a Slave (2013)
2013Austin Film Critics AwardAustin Film Critics AssociationBest Adapted Screenplay12 Years a Slave (2013)
2013ACCAAwards Circuit Community AwardsBest Adapted Screenplay12 Years a Slave (2013)
2013BFCC AwardBlack Film Critics Circle AwardsBest Adapted Screenplay12 Years a Slave (2013)
2013Capri Adapted Screenplay AwardCapri, Hollywood12 Years a Slave (2013)
2013CFCA AwardChicago Film Critics Association AwardsBest Adapted Screenplay12 Years a Slave (2013)
2013DFWFCA AwardDallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association AwardsBest Screenplay12 Years a Slave (2013)
2013FFCC AwardFlorida Film Critics Circle AwardsBest Adapted Screenplay12 Years a Slave (2013)
2013HFCS AwardHouston Film Critics Society AwardsBest Screenplay12 Years a Slave (2013)
2013KCFCC AwardKansas City Film Critics Circle AwardsBest Screenplay, Adapted12 Years a Slave (2013)
2013OFCC AwardOklahoma Film Critics Circle AwardsBest Adapted Screenplay12 Years a Slave (2013)
2013OFCS AwardOnline Film Critics Society AwardsBest Adapted Screenplay12 Years a Slave (2013)
2013PFCS AwardPhoenix Film Critics Society AwardsBest Screenplay - Adapted12 Years a Slave (2013)
2013SFFCC AwardSan Francisco Film Critics CircleBest Screenplay, Adapted12 Years a Slave (2013)
2013SEFCA AwardSoutheastern Film Critics Association AwardsBest Adapted Screenplay12 Years a Slave (2013)
2013SLFCA AwardSt. Louis Film Critics Association, USBest Adapted Screenplay12 Years a Slave (2013)
2013WAFCA AwardWashington DC Area Film Critics Association AwardsBest Adapted Screenplay12 Years a Slave (2013)
1997Jury PrizeUrbanworld Film FestivalBest DirectorCold Around the Heart (1997)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2016Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Limited SeriesAmerican Crime (2015)· Michael J. McDonald (executive producer)
· Julie Hébert (co-executive producer)
· Stacy A. Littlejohn (co-executive producer)
· Diana Son (co-executive producer)
· Keith Huff (supervising producer)
· Lori-Etta Taub (produced by)
2016Black ReelBlack Reel AwardsOutstanding Director, TV Movie or Limited SeriesAmerican Crime (2015)
2016Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Writing in a Dramatic SeriesAmerican Crime (2015)
2015Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Writing for a Limited Series, Movie or a Dramatic SpecialAmerican Crime (2015)
2015Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Limited SeriesAmerican Crime (2015)· Michael J. McDonald (executive producer)
· Julie Hébert (co-executive producer)
· Stacy A. Littlejohn (co-executive producer)
· Diana Son (co-executive producer)
· Keith Huff (supervising producer)
· Lori-Etta Taub (produced by)
2015Black ReelBlack Reel AwardsOutstanding Screenplay (Original or Adapted), Motion PictureJimi: All Is by My Side (2013)
2015Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Directing in a Motion PictureJimi: All Is by My Side (2013)
2014Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Screenplay - Motion Picture12 Years a Slave (2013)
2014BAFTA Film AwardBAFTA AwardsBest Adapted Screenplay12 Years a Slave (2013)
2014AACTA International AwardAustralian Film InstituteBest Screenplay12 Years a Slave (2013)
2014GFCA AwardGeorgia Film Critics Association (GFCA)Best Adapted Screenplay12 Years a Slave (2013)
2014ICS AwardInternational Cinephile Society AwardsBest Adapted Screenplay12 Years a Slave (2013)
2014IOMAItalian Online Movie Awards (IOMA)Best Adapted Screenplay (Miglior sceneggiatura non originale)12 Years a Slave (2013)
2014ALFS AwardLondon Critics Circle Film AwardsScreenwriter of the Year12 Years a Slave (2013)
2014Audience AwardSXSW Film FestivalFestival FavoritesJimi: All Is by My Side (2013)
2014VFCC AwardVancouver Film Critics CircleBest Screenplay12 Years a Slave (2013)
2013Black ReelBlack Reel AwardsBest Screenplay, Original or AdaptedRed Tails (2012)· Aaron McGruder
2013DFCS AwardDenver Film Critics SocietyBest Writing, Adapted Screenplay12 Years a Slave (2013)
2013Golden SchmoesGolden Schmoes AwardsBest Screenplay of the Year12 Years a Slave (2013)
2013Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Writing in a Motion Picture (Theatrical or Television)Red Tails (2012)· Aaron McGruder
2013ICP AwardIndiewire Critics' PollBest Screenplay12 Years a Slave (2013)
2013SDFCS AwardSan Diego Film Critics Society AwardsBest Adapted Screenplay12 Years a Slave (2013)
2013Satellite AwardSatellite AwardsBest Screenplay, Adapted12 Years a Slave (2013)
2013Screenplay CompetitionScreenwriters Choice Awards, OnlineBest Adapted Screenplay12 Years a Slave (2013)
2013Bronze HorseStockholm Film FestivalBest FilmJimi: All Is by My Side (2013)
2005WGA Award (TV)Writers Guild of America, USAAnimationJustice League (2001)· Rich Fogel (also story)
· Dwayne McDuffie
2003Black ReelBlack Reel AwardsTheatrical - Best Screenplay (Original or Adapted)Undercover Brother (2002)
2000Golden Satellite AwardSatellite AwardsBest Screenplay, OriginalThree Kings (1999)· David O. Russell
2000WGA Award (Screen)Writers Guild of America, USABest Screenplay Written Directly for the ScreenThree Kings (1999)· David O. Russell

2nd place awards

2nd place awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2014COFCA AwardCentral Ohio Film Critics AssociationBest Adapted Screenplay12 Years a Slave (2013)
2013IFJA AwardIndiana Film Journalists Association, USBest Adapted Screenplay12 Years a Slave (2013)
2013UFCA AwardUtah Film Critics Association AwardsBest Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium12 Years a Slave (2013)
2000SEFCA AwardSoutheastern Film Critics Association AwardsBest Original ScreenplayThree Kings (1999)· David O. Russell

3rd place awards

3rd place awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2014INOCAInternational Online Cinema Awards (INOCA)Best Adapted Screenplay12 Years a Slave (2013)· Steve McQueen


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#Fact
1A contributor to MSNBC on "Morning Joe" and other programs. [March 2008]
2During the writers' strike of 2007-2008, he chose financial core status with the Writers Guild of America and continued working. He was the only non-soap opera writer to do so.
3Studied East Asian languages and culture at New York University.
4Alumnus of Homestead High School in Mequon, Wisconsin, USA.
5Wrote the graphic novel, "The Authority: Human On The Inside."
6Wrote a draft for the script of Beverly Hills Cop IV (2014) but the script was rejected.

#Quote
1I didn't know I was a good director, and I mean that sincerely. I had done a film a long time ago called 'Cold Around the Heart.' Nobody saw it, and it didn't turn out the way I wanted to.
2I remember 'Roots' growing up and the cultural impact it had on the country. Watching 'Roots' was not the cool remove of reading about slavery in a book or hearing about it in class. It became something that swept people along.
3I don't really have anything against the French except that, as an American, I've been bred to despise them with the same zeal as soccer and Renny Harlin films.
4If faux liberal white guys want to support and defend Obama, by all means please do so. But I would suggest they try to limit that support to matters of policy and not perspectives on race.
5Fanboys are a creator's blessing and curse. If a fanboy likes you, they love you. Obsessively. If you cross them with some plot point or story direction they reject, expect to be wholly and continually eviscerated across the Internet.
6There are some individuals who look at graphic novels as 'canon,' and they cannot change in any way, shape or form, and that's what makes them in some ways good fans.
7When times are tough, people want to escape to somewhere fantastic without having to pay actual escape-to-somewhere-fantastic cash. And offering a couple of hours away from the ordinary is what the movies do best.
8Why do we cling to bigotry? Because bigotry, plainly, is convenient. It is a near-effortless way to both elevate one's stature and make a pity grab in this culture of victims that we have become.
9People of color grow up steeped in 'white' culture. The reverse is not true. And, no, listening to hip-hop on the way to work does not count as immersion.
10Until politicos take a true stand in defense of marriage by proposing an anti-adultery amendment to the Constitution, stop demonizing gays and lesbians when the one debasing your marriage is the individual in the mirror.
11It's not that white guys shouldn't be allowed to engage in discussions on race in America. But there's nothing more exhausting than white male liberals' dogmatisms on race that were clearly formed during a conversation they had with that one black guy they met back in college.
12It's funny: over time, if you're fortunate, you build a nice career, and you have these interesting moments, and I would not, looking back, trade any of them - 'Red Tails,' '12 Years a Slave' and 'Undercover Brother.'
13If the American public is so into morality in movies, why don't they throw more of their disposable income at religious-themed entertainment? For every 'Passion of the Christ,' there's a 'Fireproof' that comes and goes with no notice.
14Not only does Hollywood make money - it seems to make better movies during recessions. I'm sure a lot of studio executives wish we could have one every year.
15In the Everybody-Give-Me-A-Hug victim culture in which we live, the obese want a spot at the table along with those who face discrimination based on the way that God or Nature or our Intelligent Designer created us.
16Yes, it's hard to stay in shape, but it's also hard to raise kids. That doesn't mean you get to drop them off at your local fire station when they get to be a handful.
17So, is Hollywood anti-religion? Not in my opinion. But unlike, say, politicians and preachers who talk faith before going off to speak in tongues to their mistresses, Hollywood just doesn't wear its faith on its sleeve.
18As an ex-stand up, I can tell you that a comedy club isn't a place you go looking to get the abuse you just can't seem to find in daily life. The stage is a performer's domain. You protect that domain. You are not on stage to take what's given just 'cause you're getting paid. If you are attacked, you retaliate.
19While most trudge through their days straight-jacketed in the social compact, living for others as much as or more than for themselves, a select few excel.
20Awards shows have devolved into self-parodies - liberals in limos, corny insider jokes delivered by the hosts among bad teleprompter reading from the some of the best thespians on the planet.
21As long as we remain committed to holding high our individuals of supreme finish, others will be inspired to loose themselves of the gravity of the waywards and downtroddens.
22I've written films that are violent. I'm not big on sitting and watching violence.
23I'm John the Fourth, so I think there's a lot of things in life that have been truly handed to me by the hard work and the pain of others.
24I've no desire to start a movement, to be the first name on an open petition, or to be the poster child for disgruntled writers.
25I'm sorry, but chick fights are sexy. If you don't think so, you're either an uptight woman or a lying man.
26I've never been much of a European traveler. London once on a book tour, and Italy because that's where Ferraris are from. That's about it.
27I like animals. I like people who like animals. I hate people who love animals to the point they lose their sense of reason. I'm talking the 'my computer wallpaper is my dog,' 'I hang a Christmas stocking for my cat' crowd.
28Conservative talkers love to throw numbers around: their ratings and their audience size. And to be sure, they have a sizable audience which numbers in the tens of millions. But having people tune in and being able to dictate their actions are two different things.
29I love graphic novels - I love reading them, I enjoyed writing them, I would love to go back and do them again. I hope I'm savvy enough to do them in the right way.
30Seriously, you know - I love to write. I enjoy the process; I enjoy the different processes, because writing for film and television and graphic novels is all very different. So I've never had the feeling of, 'Oh, you have to do this one thing.'
31I haven't tweeted once in my life, but I'm sick of hearing about it already. What once may have been the cool way of letting a hundred people know that you're about to go mow your lawn now has the feel of a used-to-be-fresh means of communicating. So yesterday, like two-way pagers. And AOL.
32I understand politicos gotta make bank. But cloistering with the Hollywood elite is not how you prove you're a man of the people.
33Even I haven't downed enough L.A. Kool-Aid to believe that somehow Hollywood movies are an overt instrument of morality.
34I can tell you from personal experience it gets a little tiring having to make the rounds on cable shows to explain 'what's up with black folks.'
35With fear of stating the obvious: Freedom belongs to 'We the People,' not 'They the Politicians.'
36I still have my first 'Black Lightning' that I got way back in the day, and my first 'Steel.' And I proudly display those comics, by the way. I have a lot of comics, but those are among the ones that mean the most to me.
37If some of us can get an Oscar for extolling that it's hard out there for a pimp, why can't others of us admonish: 'Then quit acting like a pimp'?
38Obama is the New Generation and the hot light of a dawn that goes way beyond clever talk of morning in America.
39There is not a country on earth whose people don't deserve to be free and safe.
40Quite simply, quite plainly, just by virtue of his being, Obama is America. The first true American to lead our nation.
41Let's be very clear: Living 'unforgiven' is not the sole domain of blacks. It can be found in any successful person.
42The thing about working in Hollywood is that, at some point, you really get tired of hearing how godless you are, and how if you and the rest of the heathens in Tinsel town would put more God-centric shows on TV, people wouldn't be abandoning prime time in favor of their Bible study classes.
43Why is it that the very people who have fought so hard and so long for the simple entitlement to love whom they choose to love are the very ones denied that right by those who routinely take their vows for granted?
44There's no disputing that for pols, the Internet is a great way to connect with people and raise some cash and post 'Sopranos' parodies or play your opponent's macaca moments. But in a 'net root' sense, it's pretty useless for getting someone elected.
45Writing a screenplay needs to be more than words on a page - and by the way, I think the words on the page are something you have to try to execute on the highest level you can; I'm not dismissing that by any regard.
46There are still some people out there who believe comic books are nothing more than, well, comic books. But the true cognoscenti know graphic novels are - at their best - an amazing blend of art literature and the theater of the mind.
47If there are two kinds of people in the world - DC Comics people and Marvel Comics people - what kind am I? Well, to be honest... I'm a Wildstorm kinda guy. In the interest of full and fair disclosure, I write for Wildstorm. But even if I didn't, I'd love what they do. No, seriously, I'd love their stuff.
48Republicans can be a funny bunch. They're against affirmative action, but they always seem to be able to find people of color to fill a slot just when they're most needed.
49In every election cycle that I can recall, there comes a moment - or a few - where charges of elitism and claims of commonness are wielded by presidential candidates like a sword and shield: 'Vote for me 'cause I'm one of you. It's the other guy who's out of touch.'
50If art is singular expression, then by nature, the best art is controversial. But when art stirs debate for reasons besides its artistic integrity, that's when things get bent.
51The hypocrisy and false piety of the deniers aside, the relationships of gays have no effect on heteros. Especially all the heteros who've done such a marvelous job of debasing marriage on their own all these many years.
52'The Martin Show,' the 'Jamie Foxx show,' 'Living Single,' 'The Wayans Brothers,' 'Hanging with Mr. Cooper...' Some of these shows were good, some were typical television, but they facilitated a lot of work for blacks in front of as well as behind the camera. A lot of us in Hollywood thought it was the beginning of a real racial breakthrough.
53Our touchstones of slavery are 'Song of the South,' 'Gone With the Wind' and 'The Birth of a Nation.' It's hard to separate the cinematic quality from the underlying themes. I appreciate the films, but the message was repugnant.
54There remains a degree of anti-black intellectualism in entertainment. Middle and upper-middle class blacks have often been portrayed as buffoons in popular culture; witness the characters of Carlton Banks on 'The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air' and Braxton P. Hartnabrig on 'The Jamie Foxx Show.'
55Just mention the idea of warrantless wiretaps and expect to get hit up with a congressional investigation. But give somebody an avatar and a URL, and he can't tweet, post or hyperlink enough personal information about himself to as many people as possible.
56It is time to celebrate the New Black Americans - those who have sealed the Deal, who aren't beholden to liberal indulgence any more than they are to the disdain of the hard Right. It is time to praise blacks who are merely undeniable in their individuality and exemplary in their levels of achievement.
57Governmental intervention and personal responsibility are not mutually exclusive issues, but they do frame a 'do it ourselves' vs. 'what are you doing for us' debate. For the black community, that's a debate that's been raging at least as far back as the W.E.B. Du Bois, Booker T. Washington philosophical grudge matches.
58Can you have a heritage more American than Obama's? The literal marriage of the immigrant and native. Born in our most diverse state. One without an ethnic majority, but where people of mixed race make up some 20 percent of the total population. There is nothing about Obama's background that isn't truth to the tired saw of the American melting pot.
59From the moment we were first dumped in Jamestown and had our teeth checked before getting sold off and later considered three-fifths of a human being, an abundance of 'likability' hasn't been something blacks have had to stockpile. Instead, it's been a centuries-long battle for respectability.
60Certainly as a kid, I grew up with Batman, Superman, whoever - they didn't need to be black for me to relate to them. But when a character like Cyborg came along, I got excited, because he looked a little bit more like me; his experiences were a little bit more like mine.
61Being of color in America by no means amounts to a constant barrage of negativity. However, unlike being white, being of color means one's race is a constant issue.
62When it comes to fighting for freedom, those who are willing to fight should not be limited by our bigotry. Only rewarded with our gratitude.
63Oh, happy day when the enemies of ascendancy have got to confess that people of color rock.
64Slavery is something that affects all of us. It's all of our history.
65For every horrific event, something beautiful happens.
66For the vast majority of those who are obese - those with a Body Mass Index over 30 - their size is their choice. They choose to take in more calories than they burn. They choose to take in high fat calories over low-fat ones. They choose to fad diet, if they choose to diet at all.
67At the risk of sounding like that old guy in 'Gran Torino' telling those 'young punks' to 'get off my lawn,' it's gotten to the point that whenever I hear somebody talking about Twitter or twittering or tweeting, it just makes my little tummy want to hurl.
68I don't want an underachiever working on my car's transmission. Why would I want someone regular sitting in the Oval Office? Sorry, give me somebody who has demonstrated a capacity to excel.
69Fact is, awards shows were never really about recognizing achievement. They were a publicity ploy cooked up in the late 1920s by MGM topper Louie Mayer and his newly formed Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences which was itself, back in the day, nothing but a front organization to discourage unionizing.
70I got a call saying that George Lucas wanted to meet me. Of all the phone calls I've received - Oliver Stone wants to meet you; Spike Lee wants to meet you - that was the one call I never in a million years thought was going to happen.
71Much as banks don't care where your money's coming from, the Electoral College is all 'don't ask, don't care' when it comes to votes.
72To this day, the only argument against Obama that critics can seem to come up with involves admitting he's better than them - though they certainly season it with some racism. You know, he's that lucky black man who actually appeals to the populace. He's that elitist who got himself off food stamps and into Harvard.
73There are any number of very hard working people in Hollywood who deserve recognition. Mostly its the artisans and crafts persons - the 'below the line' workers - whose only reward is to be pejoratively labeled 'below the line' workers. I say get them all on the next thing smoking to Vegas for an all expense paid weekend of whatever.
74The great thing about working with NPR - and, really, there's like a million of 'em - is all the cool stuff I get to do for the public. Meet the president. Hang out at the National Finals Rodeo in Vegas. Drink a $10,000 martini.
75Reactionary conservatives are smiling through the racial apocalypse. To them, race baiting is a joke, as 'humorist' Rush Limbaugh will tell you when he's calling Mexicans 'stupid.' Or it's a matter of semantics when they claim that Sonia Sotomayor is a 'racialist' which, far as I can tell, is the smooth jazz version of being a racist.
76With writing, timing is everything. Being in the right place at the right time.
77Perhaps the single most important thing for a child is to be with a loving, supportive family. And all things being equal, any child of any race should be placed with any qualified parents without restriction or special conditions.
78White folks, no matter how well-meaning or open-minded, have no true idea what it's like to be black in America. That's not a slam against white people or an accusation of latent bigotry. But the fact is that we all live in an Anglo-dominated society.
79For children, diversity needs to be real and not merely relegated to learning the names of the usual suspects during Black History Month or enjoying south-of-the-border cuisine on Cinco de Mayo. It means talking to and spending time with kids not like them so that they may discover those kids are in fact just like them.
80As an individual, and I have to say as a person of color, the thing about being an 'other' in America is I really feel like you're bilingual. I'm from a small town in Wisconsin, but even when I'm in New York and I'm working for MSNBC or CNN, you're used to being the only black person in the room.
81Slavery was not a bad day on the job. It was not your boss yelling at you. It was not hard work for little pay. This was a full system of human subjugation.
82Every president to hold office has espoused some version of Americanism - the truths that we hold self-evident, even when those truths are not always in evidence. But for all their grand rhetoric and mostly good deeds, none was able to seal the deal on the trifecta of equality, plurality and socioeconomic ascendancy. Obama has.
83Bad news: Complainers are rewarded for complaining. Indicative of the victim culture in which we live, people have not only come to expect something for nothing, but are then rewarded for how loudly they can ventilate their sense of having been victims of fraud.
84As a coping mechanism, or as a way to make a little hard count by shilling demons in the shadows, I try not to belittle the thought process of the conspiracy theorists. As a cocktail waitress in Vegas once schooled me: never get down on anybody else's hustle.
85Old white guys can be a funny bunch, can't they? The same anti-same-sex marriage, anti-affirmative action cadre can flower into the biggest supporters of 'equality' the minute they get a whiff of minority empowerment.
86It does no good to believe in what does not exist to the point one cannot focus on what is real. That would be the greatest tragedy of any 'conspiracy.'
87I don't know what's hipper: to Facebook or to Twitter. I just know for me, personally, discretion never went out of style.
88Bigots are actually funny to me in the way that people who still wear parachute pants give me a chuckle.
89Facts tend to take the punch out of a good hate rant and are therefore left best unsaid.
90When I go to business meetings, I'm still told way too often by some receptionist, 'The mail room is downstairs,' to believe that racial perceptions don't still exist. But I figure there are always going to be knuckleheads no matter how many of their herd get stuck in the tar pits of progress.
91Why don't we hear more about and from Asians when it comes to race in America? Are Asians the new Invisible Man - there but not there? In some ways, yeah. Blacks and whites are always carping about the metrics of racism. And any conversation about immigration reform is immediately flipped into a referendum on Hispanics.
92If the Olympic Games ever served a true altruistic purpose, they have long since outlived it. Yeah, the pursuit of athletic excellence, sportsmanship and international goodwill is plenty noble. But the modern Olympics are at best a vehicle for agitprop; at worst, a scandal magnet.
93As far as superhero stories, what's appealing is of course that aspect of wish fulfillment. I mean, you start out reading them as a kid, and a couple things jump out at you - there are heroes out there, and you wish you could run into a phone booth and change your life, or be like Peter Parker and put on a mask and become a hero.
94I don't think I'm alarmist. I'm more disappointed by the euphemisms in some instances than outright bigotry. Now, to me, you walk around with a Klan hat on or you've got a swastika on you arm, you just look like a dope, you know what I mean?
95Gay marriage will be universally accepted in time. But if I may be so bold as to say to gays and lesbians, don't wait for that time to arrive. Just as my father and his generation did not 'wait' for their civil rights, nor should you. The toothpaste ain't going back in the tube. The tide has turned.


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