Talent Needs More Respect

Story by: IMANI FOREMAN / Parkway West High School

TUHS Press reporter Imani Foreman

Kim Kardashian and Nicki Minaj are celebrities.  However, people like Liza Minnelli and Susan Sarandon are stars.

The definition of a celebrity is a famous or well-known person, the definition of a star is a person who is highly celebrated in a field or profession.

There is a thin line between a star and a celebrity and it’s just wrong to  see some of today’s “Celebrities” praised for their looks, their sex tapes or the amount of plastic surgery they have.

Hollywood’s twisted ways have people society celebrating people for just being famous.  Half of the time the celebrity is not being celebrated for their talent, but celebrated for things that don’t matter or are just sensational.

An aspect to this problem with Hollywood and the entertainment business is that experienced actors over forty years old often get replaced by younger rappers and singers.

Samuel L. Jackson said it best, ‘To take people from the music world and give them the same kind of credibility and weight that you give me, Morgan Freeman, Laurence Fishburne, Forest Whitaker — that’s like an aberration to me; you just can’t do that.’’ He says, ‘’It’s not my job to lend credibility to so-and-so rapper who’s just coming into the business.’’

Jackson 100% correct.  Singers and actors should stay in their own lanes.  Jackson also states, ‘’I know there’s some young actor sitting in New York or in L.A. who’s spent half of his life learning how to act and sacrificing to learn his craft but isn’t going to get his opportunity … because of some actor who’s been created — and you can use the word ‘actor’ loosely.”

A perfect example is Vivica Fox , an actress with a very wide range. For years Fox has shared that her dream role is to play Whitney Houston’s  sex- drugs- and- rock- and- roll life. Now that Houston is dead, Willow Smith and Rihanna are being tossed around for the role.

Smith and Rihanna are singers as was   Houston, but they don’t have the range of  t that Vivica Fox has. It’s been done.Actress Angela Bassett was great as as  singerTina Turner in the two-time Oscar nominated film “What’s Love Got To Do With It.”

The phrase “They make you to break you” has been used over a million times when it comes to Hollywood and it’s true and it plays into the celebrity debate. Houston is one of the greatest voices of all time. She received 562 total award nominations, 415 awards overall, 170 million albums, singles and videos sold worldwide proves her talent.

But her “Crack is whack” interview and her tumultuous marriage with Bobby Brown, are widely remembered.

Oprah Winfrey, a women who deserves much more credit and respect than she already receives, recently talked about how out of the millions of articles that were written about her, the only one  she saved was from USA Today newspaper titled “The World Is Oprah’s Classroom.”

Four years later USA Today published an article titled “Oprah Not Quite Standing on Her Own,” which deeply offended and confused Winfrey.

That the same newspaper that made her so happy also spoke about her so negatively is just proof that the same people who bowing at your feet during your success are the same ones who are emphasizing your failures.


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