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Best Actor even went to royalty, namely, Forest Whitaker for his command performance as Idi Amin

 in The Last King of Scotland. Newcomer Jennifer Hudson enjoyed a couple of kudos, both

Breakthrough Performer and Best Supporting Actress, for her stellar work in Dreamgirls.



A Queen Sweep

2006 NYFCO Movie Awards

By Kam Williams


Eagerly-anticipated as an early indicator of Oscar buzz, The New York Film Critics Online (NYFCO) recently announced its annual awards for 2006 at O'Neals' Restaurant in Manhattan. The Queen ended up the evening’s big winner, landing a quintet of accolades in the categories for Best Picture, Best Director (Stephen Frears), Best Actress (Helen Mirren), Best Supporting Actor (Michael Sheen), and Best Screenplay (Peter Morgan).

Best Actor even went to royalty, namely, Forest Whitaker for his command performance as Idi Amin in The Last King of Scotland. Newcomer Jennifer Hudson enjoyed a couple of kudos, both Breakthrough Performer and Best Supporting Actress, for her stellar work in Dreamgirls.

NYFCO, a group comprised of about two dozen of the city’s top movie reviewers, boasts a diverse membership which ranges from Rex Reed of the upscale New York Observer to Kurt Loder of MTV. There’s also the politically-progressive Prairie Miller of WBAI, and Louis Proyect of Marx Mail, as well as the spiritually-oriented Frederic and Marry Ann Brussat. The group’s minority representation includes Armond White, Julian Roman, Ed Gonzalez and yours truly.

Complete List of Winners

Picture - The Queen

Actor - Forest Whitaker (The Last King of Scotland)

Actress - Helen Mirren (The Queen )

Director - Stephen Frears (The Queen )

Supporting Actor - Michael Sheen (The Queen )

Supporting Actress - (tie) Jennifer Hudson (Dreamgirls) & Catherine O'Hara (For Your Consideration)

Ensemble Cast - Little Miss Sunshine

Breakthrough Performer - Jennifer Hudson (Dreamgirls)

Debut Director - Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris (Little Miss Sunshine)

Screenplay - Peter Morgan (The Queen )

Documentary Feature - An Inconvenient Truth 

Foreign Language Picture - Pan's Labyrinth

Animated Feature - Happy Feet

Cinematography - Dick Pope (The Illusionist)

Film Music/Score - Philip Glass (The Illusionist)

Humanitarian Award - Deepa Mehta (Water) for taking risks to create films about the difficulties of social change in India especially as it affects women.

 posted 12 December 2006

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Sister Citizen: Shame, Stereotypes, and Black Women in America

By Melissa V. Harris-Perry

According to the author, this society has historically exerted considerable pressure on black females to fit into one of a handful of stereotypes, primarily, the Mammy, the Matriarch or the Jezebel.  The selfless Mammy’s behavior is marked by a slavish devotion to white folks’ domestic concerns, often at the expense of those of her own family’s needs. By contrast, the relatively-hedonistic Jezebel is a sexually-insatiable temptress. And the Matriarch is generally thought of as an emasculating figure who denigrates black men, ala the characters Sapphire and Aunt Esther on the television shows Amos and Andy and Sanford and Son, respectively.     

Professor Perry points out how the propagation of these harmful myths have served the mainstream culture well. For instance, the Mammy suggests that it is almost second nature for black females to feel a maternal instinct towards Caucasian babies.

As for the source of the Jezebel, black women had no control over their own bodies during slavery given that they were being auctioned off and bred to maximize profits. Nonetheless, it was in the interest of plantation owners to propagate the lie that sisters were sluts inclined to mate indiscriminately.

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Sex at the Margins

Migration, Labour Markets and the Rescue Industry

By Laura María Agustín

This book explodes several myths: that selling sex is completely different from any other kind of work, that migrants who sell sex are passive victims and that the multitude of people out to save them are without self-interest. Laura Agustín makes a passionate case against these stereotypes, arguing that the label 'trafficked' does not accurately describe migrants' lives and that the 'rescue industry' serves to disempower them. Based on extensive research amongst both migrants who sell sex and social helpers, Sex at the Margins provides a radically different analysis. Frequently, says Agustin, migrants make rational choices to travel and work in the sex industry, and although they are treated like a marginalised group they form part of the dynamic global economy. Both powerful and controversial, this book is essential reading for all those who want to understand the increasingly important relationship between sex markets, migration and the desire for social justice. "Sex at the Margins rips apart distinctions between migrants, service work and sexual labour and reveals the utter complexity of the contemporary sex industry. This book is set to be a trailblazer in the study of sexuality."—Lisa Adkins, University of London

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The White Masters of the World

From The World and Africa, 1965

By W. E. B. Du Bois

W. E. B. Du Bois’ Arraignment and Indictment of White Civilization (Fletcher)

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