Did you know that black American males are more likely to act in Hollywood movies? In fact, the number one actor in Hollywood is Samuel L. Jackson, who happens to be black. That’s right, the man who played plantation slave Neidermeyer in the award winning movie, “Loving,” is a black man. Not only that, but current stars such as Kevin Spacey, Denholm Elliott, Dabney Coleman, Efren Ramirez and many others are also of black descent.
Black American men dominate the entertainment business. This is evident in the casts of popular TV shows, movies and even in some sports. For example, NBA players Michael Redd and Rashard Lewis are of Black African descent. In the world of professional wrestling, wrestlers such as Hulk Hogan, Randy Orton and Triple H are Black. Even football greats like Emmitt Smith and Marion Barber are Black.
Our Culture Through Our Fashion Choices
Black Hollywood also contributes to our culture through our fashion choices. We see many Black women and men in the entertainment industry wearing Black clothing like pants, jackets, shirts, and jewelry. Hip-hop artists like Kanye West, Jay Z, and countless others have become some of the most well known and influential artists of our time because they are Black. The influence of the Black-owned industry extends into our fashion.
Let’s take a closer look at Black Hollywood as an example of how things are done these days. One of the most popular and stylish actors in Hollywood right now is Tobey Maguire. He is also one of the highest paid actors in Hollywood today. Maguire is currently up for an Oscar for his role as the young boy with autism, Violet in the film “The Social Network.” His role is so convincing, that people all over the world are talking about it, including Oprah and CNN.
More Examples Of Talented Black Hollywood Talent
Also, within the entertainment business, there are many more examples of talented Black Hollywood talent. Two of the more prominent directors of our day are Lee Daniels and Tom Cruise. While both are White Americans, they have made Black Americans very popular within the entertainment industry through the movies that they have directed. Daniels has directed four movies about the life of civil rights leader Martin Luther King, and one movie that was made about the death of King. All of his films have been successful, and he has received many awards and Golden Globe nominations for his work.
Another Black actor who is popular in the Black community is Michael Caine. He is an award winning screenwriter, director, and actor. More recently, he has been nominated for an Oscar for his role as Martin Luther King in the biopic “Lincoln.” In all of his films, he has received eight Academy Awards, and he always wears a t-shirt that says “I’m not just a Black Man” with the picture of a lion on his shirt.
Finally, there is Morgan Freeman, who is another very popular personality in the Black American film industry. He is the co-host of the National Geographic show, “No Limits.” He has also written several books of fiction and been on numerous television shows about everything from space to racing.
Of course, there are many more Black Americans in the film industry than you are probably aware of. Just because you have never heard of them doesn’t mean that they are not making a splash in the world of film.
You may not know them by name, but you should definitely recognize their work. Black Hollywood is just another outlet for talented Black people to express themselves artistically. And that is a very important part of the Black American culture and history.