Sure, Don Cheadle presented and Tracy Morgan gave the most entertaining speech of the night, and Viola Davis was nominated for best supporting actress for her role in Doubt, and P. Diddy was nominated for his role in A Raisin in the Sun,
and there were lots of shots of Beyonce and Jay Z, but the lack of
diversity just always makes me cringe. I love Kate Winslet and am super
excited to see both The Reader and Revolutionary Road (btw, the book by Richard Yates
is a must-read), but do the only strong roles written for women have
to be period pieces in films where people of color are non-existent?
And back to the Asian Americans ... I don't even know what to say. The
only one I saw was Mindy Kaling from The Office. Was there anyone else?
the real point of this blog entry was to not get mired in my
non-diverse Hollywood vitriol. [We all know that the only way to fight
it is to write screenplays, go to film school and bombard the
establishment with our stories. So, get to it!]
What I really wanted to tell you about is Suutra,
an amazing women's fashion line that works with handicraft artisans
from the Gujurat region of India. I made it to a trunk show a few weeks
ago at director Mona Shah's house in Oakland and thought the line had a
perfect balance of Western lines and Eastern details. I wanted both a
simple, black puffy-sleeved cropped jacket (that would be perfect to
dress up jeans) and a more traditional red blouse with embroidery work
at the sleeves and collar -- and everything in-between. Check out
Creative Director Avni Jamdar told me about her partnership with the
cooperative Self-Employed Women's Association (SEWA) in Gujurat, where
she travels twice a year to work with artisans. The Suutra website has
some great videos profiling some of the women they work with.
It's dope to see real fair-trade fashion lines like this one with
clothes that you would totally wear. And now that India is the new
black (again) thanks to Slumdog Millionaire, there's no better time like now to outfit yourself.