I am taking an online course entitled Marriage and the Movies and it has me thinking about how characters that African Americans had to play in movies were almost exclusively supporting roles, both figuratively and literally as they often had to prop up white actors/actresses. Most famously Hattie McDaniel’s character performed this function for Vivien Leigh’s Scarlett in Gone with the Wind. I remember many in the audience hissing when they saw the slaves in a showing of the film in New York in the 1990’s.I like to think that this portrait just begun of McDaniel will hiss and more if anyone would challenge her.
Heard a folk singer refer to a S/Hero instead of a Hero. I was intrigued, as I never heard the term. This is the beginnings of my version of a Hero: someone who has almost no strength left, but perseveres none-the-less.
I have been looking at wonderful books lately. One has beautiful chromolithographs of ferns. Another has photographs of wild life. I have put them together in some of these drawings.