Posts tagged "the help"

Viola Davis Addresses Black Actresses, Racism In “The Help”

“The black artist cannot live in a revisionist place. The black artist can only tell the truth about humanity, and humanity is messy. People are messy. Caucasian actors know that. … We as African-American artists are more concerned with image and message and not execution, which is why every time you see your images they’ve bee…

Jessica Wakeman / February 15, 2012

Pam Grier Has A Problem With “The Help”

“We have conservative African-Americans who will not see certain films, will only see Tyler Perry but will not see Spike Lee. …I know a lot of African-American women that didn’t want to see ‘The Help’ because they had lived it as little girls and it was a circumstance that shouldn’t have been and it wa…

Julie Gerstein / February 8, 2012

Morning Quickies: Lawsuit Against “The Help” Author Kathryn Stockett Dropped

Yesterday, a Mississippi judge threw out a $75K lawsuit against Kathryn Stockett, author of The Help, by Stockett’s brother’s maid. Ablene Cooper claimed the author used her likeness without permission in her novel about white women and their black maids (including one named Abilene) in ’60s Jackson, MS. The judge dismissed the case because…

Jessica Wakeman / August 17, 2011

Racist Or Raving: What Critics Are Saying About “The Help”

Unavoidable this week: everybody going coo-coo-bananas about “The Help,” which opened in theaters last night. “The Help” is based on Kathryn Stockett’s novel of the same title, which tells the story of Skeeter, a young white woman who gets a job writing for her local newspaper in a small Mississippi town, and Aibileen, a black…

Jessica Wakeman / August 11, 2011

“The Help” Trailer Is Out!

The Help by Kathryn Stockett was one of my favorite books of 2010 — and millions of other readers agree. This summer, “The Help” hits the big screen, starring Emma Stone as Skeeter, a white recent college graduate writing for the local newspaper in her Mississippi town, and Viola Davis (“Doubt”) as Aibileen, a…

Jessica Wakeman / April 19, 2011

“The Help” Author Sued By Black Maid

Uh oh: the author of The Help, the wildly popular novel about black housemaids and nannies in the 1960’s racist, segregated South that everyone has read and loved, is getting sued! Kathryn Stockett has been accused by her brother’s maid, Ablene Cooper of Mississippi, of stealing her likeness for the main character, named Aibileen, i…

Jessica Wakeman / February 21, 2011