Speak on it!
“Think Like A Man Too” actor Romany Malco is on the latest cover of Rolling Out magazine, and is speaking out about folks who are overly critical of black artists, directors and producers just because that film or producers does not cater to every black person.
“What really pisses me off is when black people will get on other black artists for the way they make movies,” Malco told Rolling Out. “Because of the fact that we don’t have that many black producers putting out films, we scrutinize the few that do.”
Malco went on to say that “there are a lot more black movies being made than being seen,” he continued.
“There’s a lot more to support and a lot more good movies that can be found. Just because they don’t make it to the larger theaters, doesn’t mean they’re not available. Once we use our purchasing power in that direction; watch the infrastructure appear.”
DID YOU KNOW? Regarding the history of blacks in TV, things have changed in the last 6 years, because unlike before when there was an interracial couple or a prominent black character on a show (Soaps/drama/comedy). There used to be an enormous amount of hate mail sent to Studios/TV stations and to advertisers demanding that they remove a character, so the Studios would diminish that character’s role or do the “black guy always die first/early” policy.
Malco Romany says that buying power is what’s truly influencing the increasing number of black series being shown on television—not networks’ desire to promote diversity.
“There were so many black TV pilots filmed this year,” he explained. “The networks didn’t go ‘We should make more black pilots.’ The advertisers saw that black people responded to the advertising on shows like ‘Real Husbands of Hollywood’ or shows like ‘Scandal.’ And they said ‘Black people are spending money. We need to get on that money-spending bandwagon.’ And the advertisers told networks, ‘You need to include more black people.’
“What that says to me is, however it’s working out, black people are becoming more savvy and are beginning to understand their purchasing power. We’re starting to go ‘Oh, wait a minute.'”
The 45-year-old actor also explained why he doesn’t let the pressures of show business, such as biased movie directors or overly critical fans, get him down:
“For me, I never want anyone outside of my immediate family and outside of me to have the power to alter the way that I walk, talk, shop or date,” he says. “When you start feeding off of that outside acceptance and accolades, you lose sight of what’s actually real. Once you get there, it’s kind of hard to double back.”
Be sure to read Romany’s full interview over at Rolling Out.