Spike “Malcolm X” Lee’s ‘Play Of The Day’ – “Django Unchained” Unraveled, see Christoph Waltz in Action

So Spike Lee is in a hissy fit over “Django Unchained” from Quentin Tarantino, this is the same man whose portrayal of Hajj Malik El-Shabazz was called on to be boycotted by black viewers. This film from Tarantino, who had Pulp Fiction where black actors (apart from Jackson) had major roles and chunks of dialogue, featuring 2 men who take Civil Rights seriously? Samuel L. Jackson and Jamie Foxx?

Vibe Magazine; "Despite the site-unseen criticism of Quentin Tarantino’s latest film rebellion, Django Unchained isn’t a blaxploitation slavery flick. Jamie Foxx, who plays a gun-slinging slave on the warpath, reunites with Kerry Washington for the epic tale, while Leonardo DiCaprio finally puts on his black hat and goes dark."

Vibe Magazine;Despite the site-unseen criticism of Quentin Tarantino’s latest film rebellion, Django Unchained isn’t a blaxploitation slavery flick. Jamie Foxx, who plays a gun-slinging slave on the warpath, reunites with Kerry Washington for the epic tale, while Leonardo DiCaprio finally puts on his black hat and goes dark.

Foxx as in the seminal wonder of the movie Ray,” which showed the wondrous blind composer in the midst of 60s ladies and race issues? What about “Assault at West Point: The Court-Martial of Johnson Whittaker” where Jackson assumed the character of a lawyer who was at odds before Civil Rights even existed? Apart from another TV appearance in “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” as George?

{IMAGE VIA - wikipedia.com} TEXT VIA - blackcowboys.com; "Nate found a Texas outfit that had delivered its herd and was preparing to go back down to Texas.  There were several good black cowboys in the outfit.  After sharing breakfast with the crew, Nate asked the trail boss for a job. The boss agreed if Nate could break a horse named Good Eye, the wildest horse in the outfit.  Bronco Jim, another black cowboy gave Nate some pointers and Nate rode that horse. He said later that it was the toughest ride he had ever had..."

{IMAGE VIAwikipedia.com} TEXT VIA – blackcowboys.com; “Nate found a Texas outfit that had delivered its herd and was preparing to go back down to Texas. There were several good black cowboys in the outfit. After sharing breakfast with the crew, Nate asked the trail boss for a job. The boss agreed if Nate could break a horse named Good Eye, the wildest horse in the outfit. Bronco Jim, another black cowboy gave Nate some pointers and Nate rode that horse. He said later that it was the toughest ride he had ever had…”

No one can dispute the right for either or both actors to earn their wages as they see fit once legal, but do you really think men of this calibre would assume a project which turned against their personal grain? After all of their careers’ directions so far?

{IMAGE VIA - flickr.com (mr.f_stop)} "Another beloved character from Larry McMurtry's 'Lonesome Dove' was the black drover, Joshua Deets (played by Danny Glover in the TV mini-series). Deets was based on Bose Ikard, whose real-life story was even more remarkable, in my opinion, than the semi-fictional Deets. This view of his tombstone has been digitally enhanced so you can read boss Charles Goodnight's heartfelt tribute to perhaps the most famous of black cowboys. Weatherford's Old City Greenwood Cemetery."

{IMAGE VIAflickr.com (mr.f_stop)} “Another beloved character from Larry McMurtry’s ‘Lonesome Dove’ was the black drover, Joshua Deets (played by Danny Glover in the TV mini-series). Deets was based on Bose Ikard, whose real-life story was even more remarkable, in my opinion, than the semi-fictional Deets. This view of his tombstone has been digitally enhanced so you can read boss Charles Goodnight’s heartfelt tribute to perhaps the most famous of black cowboys. Weatherford’s Old City Greenwood Cemetery.”

Does this genre-bending film, where issues pertaining to both the “Wild West” and the “Confederate States,” truly seem so incongruous? Watch it and see…

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