GML: #LifeSoWhite

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It seems like no matter who is on the news in recent weeks, they’re getting asked about the lack of diversity at this year’s Oscars. While it’s not music based, I wanted to toss my two cents out there. Representation matters. Bottom line. When you don’t see someone who looks like you in the media, it does take some sort of toll on your mindset. Having talked about this before on Fandomania, when I was younger – being mixed was not the norm, at least in the media. It wasn’t until Shawn and Angela on Boy Meets World did I see a relationship that mirrored my own crushes and background. Later this year I’ll open up about wanting to be white like all my Barbies and resenting my pigmentation thanks to wanting to look like all my pretty blonde Barbies as a girl on Exploring Adulthood. Sad to think that was in the so-called progressive days of the 90’s, and I’d like to think we’re past that – that kids today are in a better place, but then you see this whole Oscar thing and you’re like…are we past that? Then you have to think, hell…if black actors feel like this, how do you think the other races feel? Michael Pena wasn’t mentioned for The Martian, and well – that’s really the only Hispanic actor I could think of in any of the films nominated this year.

The other day there was a news story that said, well – other countries can relate better to white faces so that’s blah blah blah. It doesn’t matter the color of the person, to me anyways, it’s the story that’ll always be what gets me. That seemed to be a bullshit excuse. What I think is really the problem, especially with this year, is that there were a number of great performances by non-white actors and they were overlooked. Biopics are one of the hardest types of films to pull off. They can either be immaculate gems like Selena or Lifetime trainwrecks like Aaliyah’s. Straight Outta Compton was stunning, and that’s coming from someone who knows as much about hip hop as she does math (I took algebra three times and still can’t). Plus, where was the love for the kid in Beasts of No Nation? I’ve not seen Room, so I can’t say if that kid was great or not and we all know thanks to the Critic’s Choice Awards that he’s adorable, but what I do know is Abraham Attah killed it in Beasts, and not a peep for him.

I’ll wrap it up and get to some great tour announcements and videos that stood out this week!

Tour Announcements:

Rob Zombie is heading out on tour in April, while LA’s own metalheads Warbringer will be touring a little earlier than that with a stop in Hollywood at the Whisky A Go Go on February 3 and down in San Diego the following night at Brick by Brick.

My Morning Jacket Tour Dates:
4/27 – Oklahoma City, OK at Criterion Music Hall
4/28 – Houston, TX at Revention
5/12 – Louisville, KY at Iroquois Amphitheater
5/13 – Louisville, KY at Iroquois Amphitheater
5/13-15 – Atlanta, GA at Shaky Knees
5/26 – Indianapolis, IN at Farm Bureau Lawn, White River State Park
5/28 – Morrison, CO at Red Rocks Amphitheater
5/29 – Morrison, CO at Red Rocks Amphitheater

The Flavr Blue Tour Dates:
2/11 – Black Cat – Washington DC
2/13 – Mercury Lounge – New York City
2/14 – Johnny Brenda’s – Philadelphia
2/22 – Virgin Hotel – Chicago
3/4 – Rickshaw Stop – San Francisco
3/5 – Echo – Los Angeles
3/8 – Lowbrau – Sacramento
3/12 – Neumos – Seattle

Weekly Video Picks:

Crystal Cities “Talking To Myself

Kiran Leonard “Pink Fruit”

My Body Sings Electric’s “Unimpressive”: on Alternative Press

Bixel Boys & Poupon “Ain’t Your Girl”

All Dogs “Sunday Morning”


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