Hollywood Couple Stopped By Police, Say They Were Racially Profiled

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Initially held on the Paramount Studios lot, the breakfast now takes place at Hollywoods Raleigh Studios on the last Thursday or Saturday of every month. Sandra Lord, the brain behind the breakfast, said she created the org when she moved to L.A. from St. Lucia and found that existing networking events didnt allow attendees to intermingle, or for newcomers to be heard. People were thrust into a room, and most people kept to themselves, passing judgment on others, watching whos important and whos not, said Lord, whos also CEO of the nonprofit Changing Images in America and the production company Lord Entertainment Group. So I thought that there was an opportunity to do something different and to provide access to everyone. Anyone, including walk-ins, can attend the breakfast as long as they pony up the $45-$55 cost. At the event, every attendee is allotted 15 seconds to introduce themselves to a room of 100 to 250 entertainment bizzers before the scheduled speaker from the film, TV or music industry takes the floor. Lord and her staff choose one attendee to either meet the guest speakers again for a lunch date or visit them at their place of work. For instance, Two and a Half Men director James Widdoes, who spoke at the HNB two years ago, allowed an attendee a Broadway production stage manager, who had moved to L.A. to become an assistant director to observe him on set. Widdoes hired him as a stage PA on his ABC Family pilot and Hulu Web series. As I say to anybody, whether theyre starting out in the business or theyve been at it for 30 years, you have to get your product in front of people every opportunity you can, Widdoes said. Lollie knows exactly what he means.

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White and Ms. Johnson. This matter will be dealt with by an internal investigation within the department and I will also ask the State Law Enforcement Division to review the allegation made against Deputy Barfield.” It was Johnson’s first experience being handcuffed. Several of her family members work in law enforcement, Johnson said, adding that she’s “never been afraid of cops or had bad opinions of them.” This time was different. After thoroughly searching the car, the officer removed the handcuffs and let the couple go. “No apology, no nothing,” White wrote. White says he won’t stop talking about the incident until “that racist cop” is reprimanded and punished. “We’ve been conditioned to just think that it’s OK — that we have to just sweep it under the rug,” White told HLN. “But we’re not doing that no more. We’re fighting.” By Monday morning, the story had received nearly 700,000 views — making it the fourth most-viewed iReport of all time — and hundreds of comments about racial profiling and law enforcement in South Carolina and elsewhere. Many readers said they had experienced similar situations. Actress Kinnik Sky was among those who shared the story on her Facebook page. Sky, who was born and raised in Columbia, South Carolina, said she knew White and Johnson’s account “to be absolutely true.” “I was like, ‘Wow, boy can I relate,’ because I am fearful of the cops as a whole, especially in South Carolina. My experiences have always been horrible.” The former “American Idol” finalist said whenever she returns from Los Angeles to her hometown she gets stopped by police “80% of the time” and questioned about drugs. On a recent trip she was “stopped, pulled over and questioned about every drug known to man,” she said.

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In bleak situations, incremental improvements can be mistaken for big time progress. So it goes with Hollywood’s consistent inability to include actors of color. Popular critical consensus suggests that we may have as many as four black Best Actor nominees: Chiwetel Ejiofor (“12 Years a Slave”), Idris Elba (“Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom”), Forest Whitaker (“Lee Daniels’ The Butler”) and Michael B. Jordan (“Fruitvale Station”). Ejiofor is currently favored to win the category, where he’ll probably be joined by the likes of Tom Hanks (“Captain Phillips”), Robert Redford (“All Is Lost”) and Bruce Dern (“Nebraska”). That these men of color are even being discussed in awards blogger circles is certainly cause for celebration, because each of their films presents a perspective that doesn’t get much play in Hollywood. But insofar as these four movies are important, they are also limited by their veracity. They’re all based on true stories: “12 Years” tells the tale of Solomon Northup, a free black man who was captured and enslaved and wrote an autobiography by the same name; “Mandela” is self-explanatory; “Fruitvale Station” centers on the 2009 shooting death of Oscar Grant III, a black man shot dead by a police officer in Oakland; “The Butler” draws its meat from the life of Eugene Allen, a black butler who worked for the White House for over three decades. Put another way, these roles have to be played by black actors. Each of these men has more than earned the nominations they’re expected to receive (now’s a good time to pinch in some salt: awards bloggers love to shower performances with praise, but nominations are certainly not guaranteed), but the fact that they’re generally only rewarded for roles that literally could not have been given to white actors is cause for concern. “Generally only rewarded for roles that literally could not have been given to white actors” is not casual phrasing. A study of the roles that have earned black men Best Actor nominations reveals that this is a historical problem.