“He said, ‘Hunni nobody can do this, you’re the only person here who can do this. You’re always the queen bee, and fabulous, and over the top, so there’s nobody else here who can do an African tribal dance. You’re the only black girl here.’ I thought that was creative and awesome and I was like whaaaat?! I’ve only been to Africa one time I don’t know what they do over there, but let’s try it!”
I got together with Nadia Misir and Derica Shields for an AIAC Roundtable to discuss why Mindy Kaling went batshit when she was asked, at the recent SXSW, why there are no other characters of colour in senior positions of authority (ie. other doctors) on her show, The Mindy Project. After saying that such inquiries about diversity are “insulting”, she reminded reporters that she is a “fucking Indian woman” with her “own fucking network television show”. Kaling, who is generally non-confrontational on most political issues, defended her creative decisions this way: “And I’m like, oh wait, it’s not like I’m running a country, I’m not a political figure. I’m someone who’s writing a show and I want to use funny people. And it feels like it diminishes the incredibly funny women who do come on my show.”
Breaking News from the Daily Mail: Lupita Nyong’o can play a sexpot onscreen, and not just roles that call on her to look downtrodden and enslaved. In an article with a title that leaves little to the imagination (“Before she was famous: Lingerie-clad Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o juggled two men in sexually-charged Kenyan soap opera”), The Mail Online reveals that Nyong’o, whose “exotic beauty and heart-wrenching portrayal of tormented slave Patsey in 12 Years a Slave catapulted her into stardom” is “hiding” the dark secret of her sexy past as a soap actor in “Shuga, a sexually-charged MTV Base Africa soap opera in which she juggled two men.” Call the Oscar Police!
A friend who knew I was once a broadcast journalist with Joy FM recently asked me whether I had any pictures with Komla Dumor (KD). My response was “unfortunately not, and I am not going to Photoshop one either,” as I do not want to be called a Fast Pretender – a term reserved for friends of Shabba Ranks and Maxi Priest on House Call. This is to say I did not get the chance to bond with KD like say Akwasi Sarpong or Stan Dogbe, mostly because Komla Dumor was “always leaving when I was coming.” What I am trying to say is that I did know the man, but not intimately. However, at the least, he was my friend on Facebook–I hope that counts.