Django Unchained Discussed at Eso Won Friday Night

 

Django Unchained, the highly anticipated Quentin Tarantino film, will be the topic at Eso Won Bookstore in Leimert Park at 6 p.m. Friday.

While Eso Won's James Fugate loved the film, I thought Django was Dterrible. The story wasn't very good, the gore was ridiculous and the topic was not handled in an interesting way. It's not on the same level as Pulp Fiction or Inglorious Basterds.

Though some critics loved it, many people are taken aback by the story and it's depiction of slavery in the years before the Civil War.

The panel will feature Ayuko Babu of the Pan-African Film Festival, Erin Aubry Kaplan, who has covered black issues in LA for over 20 years, and Dr. Anthony Samad, writer and creator of the Urban Issues Breakfast Forum.

Erin just penned a piece in the LA Times critical of the movie, which is a revenge fantasy where a former slave (played by Jamie Foxx) gets to kill an entire plantation of awful slave owners (including Leonardo DiCaprio) and their minions.

"The most disturbing detail is the emotional violence and degradation directed at blacks that effectively keeps them at the bottom of the social order, a place they still occupy today. And critics maintain it is this sort of violence that, like the endless gunplay, "Django" revels in more than it critiques," Erin writes.

While  Anthony writes on his blog, and also penned a story in the Los Angeles Wave, "It was entertainment. Bullsh*t entertainment satirizing our most serious social infliction. But entertainment, none the less."

And ever the host, James will provide the refreshments.

"The audience should come prepared with questions as we want to hear your views on what is now being called The Best Picture of The Year. (I, James Fugate think that)," James said in his email invitation.

EsoWon Books Announcement
Join us this Friday,
 January 4, 6:00pm
EsoWon Books will present a special panel discussion of the Great New Film Django Unchained.  Our special panel will feature
Ayuko Babu
of the Pan-African Film Festival,
Erin Aubry Kaplan
 who has covered black issues in LA for over 20 years and
Dr. Anthony Samad
 Writer and creator of the Urban Issues Breakfast Forum.

Our panelists will give their views on the movie, you can read a great article by Erin in last week's LA Times on the Movie and Anthony Samad wrote a review for the Wave Newspapers and of course Babu will offer his thoughts.

The audience should come prepared with questions as we want to hear your views on what is now being called The Best Picture of The Year.  (I, James Fugate think that).

We will start at 6:00pm sharp, refreshments will be provided by EsoWon.

EsoWon Books
4327 Degnan Blvd.
Los Angeles, California 90008
323-290-1048

Views: 202

Tags: entertainment, hollywood, movies, slavery

Comment

You need to be a member of Leimert Park Beat to add comments!

Join Leimert Park Beat

Comment by Clint Rosemond on January 16, 2013 at 12:35pm

Hey Eddie:  Hope this comment doesn't get posted along with all of the comments/opinions about Django being made by the professional commentators.  I just wanted to weigh in with thanks to you for this media effort called Leimert Park Beat.  You stay current, have a broad outreach and all in all make a very strong contribution to the ongoing effort to keep LP/LPVillage viable and moving forward.  Your residence is a clear demonstration of your commitment and interest.  Keep up the good work.  Clint

Comment by enhager on January 4, 2013 at 2:49pm

Thanks to Genius Bastard for pointing out this New Yorker article by Jelani Cobb to help me articulate my deeper problems with the movie -

"Django’s true nemesis is not the slaveholder who subjects Hildy to cruel punishments but Stephen, the house slave devoutly allied with the slaveholder. The central conflict is not between an ex-slave and a slaver but between two archetypes—the militant and the sellout. But in creating Stephen, Tarantino necessarily trafficked in the stereotypes he was ostensibly responding to. Samuel L. Jackson plays Stephen’s overblown insouciance and anachronistic mf-bombs to great comedic effect. There are moments, however, when ironies cancel each other out, and we’re left with a stark truth—at its most basic, this is an instance in which a white director holds an obsequious black slave up for ridicule. The use of this character as a comic foil seems essentially disrespectful to the history of slavery. Oppression, almost by definition, is a set of circumstances that bring out the worst in most people. A response to slavery—even a cowardly, dishonorable one like what we witness with Stephen—highlights the depravity of the institution. We’ve come a long way racially, but not so far that laughing at that character shouldn’t be deeply disturbing."

Leimert Park Beat is the news and social network for Leimert Park and the surrounding neighborhoods. Stay informed. Join now!

 

• Got news you think everyone should know? Blog it.

• Have a show or attending a benefit? Put it on the calendar.
• Video of the big game? Embed it.
• Photos of your business or the school play? Upload them.

WHAT STORIES WOULD YOU SUGGEST? Let me know.

With your help, LeimertParkBeat.com raised money to hire reporters, graphic artists and community members to cover our area.
Read the stories - Urban Economy 411, Redevelopment Hell and One of these don't belong.

Latest Activity

Profile IconLeimert Park Beat via Facebook
Thumbnail

Hoover Union Triangle Plaza meeting tonight!

University Park Family

GILBERT A. CEDILLO COUNCILMEMBER, FIRST DISTRICTInvites you to aCommunity MeetingYour Opinion Counts!Come Share Your Priorities for the Proposed Improvements to the Union-Hoover Traffic TriangleShare with us your opinion on:-Transit Shelters/seating-Lighting-Outdoor performance…

Facebookyesterday · Reply
Profile IconLatest Events - Culver City Times

Annual Fox Hills Community Forum

Brought to you by your Fox Hills Neighborhood Association

 

Thursday, October 16th, 2014

 

6:30 8:00pm

Newsong LA Church

5875 Green Valley Circle #200, Culver City

(2nd Building East of Wells Fargo) Look for Orange/green balloons!…

See More
yesterday
Rich Thigpen updated their profile
yesterday
Profile IconLatest Events - Culver City Times

Free Parent Education Event: Michael Thompson, Ph.D.

Bestselling author Emily Bazelon will be appearing this month at Culver City's Turning Point School as part of the school’s 2014-15 Parent Education Series.

Dr. Thompson is a renowned author, clinical psychologist, school consultant, and international speaker on the subjects of children, schools, and parenting. He is the author of New York Times bestseller Raising Cain: Protecting the Emotional Life of Boys

The series is free and open to the public. RSVP…

See More
yesterday
Profile IconLatest Events - Culver City Times

Free Parent Education Event: Emily Bazelon

Bestselling author Emily Bazelon will be appearing this month at Culver City's Turning Point School as part of the school’s 2014-15 Parent Education Series.

Ms. Bazelon is the author of the national bestseller, Sticks and Stones: Defeating the Culture of Bullying and Rediscovering the Power of Character and Empathy. She also is a Senior Editor at Slate, and a contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine. She has also appeared on The Colbert…

See More
yesterday
Bernard Arafat shared enhager's page on Facebook
yesterday
Crystal commented on Jose Ubaldo's blog post Rodeo Road at Crenshaw Boulevard set to close for two weeks beginning Friday, Oct. 3
"Thank you Jose Ubaldo. The morning and evening commutes will be crucial. "
yesterday
Jose Ubaldo commented on Jose Ubaldo's blog post Rodeo Road at Crenshaw Boulevard set to close for two weeks beginning Friday, Oct. 3
"Thanks Crystal for you inquiry. I will forward your request for information. Someone from the Construction Relations Team will contact you very soon. Jose Ubaldo, Crenshaw/LAX Spokesperson."
yesterday
Crystal commented on Jose Ubaldo's blog post Rodeo Road at Crenshaw Boulevard set to close for two weeks beginning Friday, Oct. 3
"Thank you.  Do you know who do we talk to to request traffic guards in Expo and Western intersection.  That area is already congested. "
yesterday
ColoredPeople.net's blog post was featured

Onaje Allan Gumbs - Bloodlife: Solo Piano Improvisations

  Onaje Allan GumbsFeatured Artists! - BlogTalkRadio & You!Colored People® Network Presents: Onaje Allan GumbsBorn in Harlem and raised in Queens, Onaje started playing piano at age 7. He graduated from Manhattan’s…See More
yesterday
Profile Iconlona seymour, Maryalice Swiney-Wong and Aires arch joined Leimert Park Beat
yesterday
Jose Ubaldo's blog post was featured

Rodeo Road at Crenshaw Boulevard set to close for two weeks beginning Friday, Oct. 3

Metro’s contractor for the Crenshaw/LAX Transit Project Walsh/Shea Corridor Contractor (WSCC), will implement a full street closure at Rodeo Road and Crenshaw Boulevard for 14 consecutive days beginning Friday, Oct. 3, to finish construction of the wall perimeter for the future underground…See More
yesterday
Marie Michele Montano posted a blog post

Community Workshop Tonight!!! 6-8pm @ Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Center Community Room

The day is finally upon us...Tonight the first of two community workshops for the La Brea Corridor Planning Study will take place from 6 - 8pm at the Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area Community Room. Come and actively participate in visualizing a pedestrian and bike friendly S. La Brea Corridor.What are we investigating?What are the existing issues & concerns of the community?Where are the connections needed?What is the vision of the community for the corridor? Tonight's Agenda Includes:La…See More
yesterday
Jose Ubaldo posted a blog post

Rodeo Road at Crenshaw Boulevard set to close for two weeks beginning Friday, Oct. 3

Metro’s contractor for the Crenshaw/LAX Transit Project Walsh/Shea Corridor Contractor (WSCC), will implement a full street closure at Rodeo Road and Crenshaw Boulevard for 14 consecutive days beginning Friday, Oct. 3, to finish construction of the wall perimeter for the future underground…See More
yesterday
ColoredPeople.net posted a blog post

Onaje Allan Gumbs - Bloodlife: Solo Piano Improvisations

  Onaje Allan GumbsFeatured Artists! - BlogTalkRadio & You!Colored People® Network Presents: Onaje Allan GumbsBorn in Harlem and raised in Queens, Onaje started playing piano at age 7. He graduated from Manhattan’s…See More
yesterday
Pasadena Music Scene posted a blog post

Humanity Helping Sudan Project determined to #Feed50k in Africa by the end of the year.

#Feed50KThe Famine No One Is Talking About    On July 9, 2011, South Sudan officially gained its independence from Sudan. The young nation’s brief history has been a tumultuous one. Since December of 2013, South Sudan has been embroiled in a bitter civil war between the Dinka and Nuer ethnic groups. Thousands have already perished, and the violence persists despite an official cease-fire.    In addition to loss of…See More
yesterday
DojO- commented on DojO-'s event [OFF 10/4] In Leimert Park Village · THE World STAGE Saturday Jazz Workshop w/ Sensei LATIF ☾Oct.☽
"Gigs: [In-Kind] > Dr. Dawn Norfleet Sun Oct 5th 2:30-3:30PM @ CAAM Target Sunday 1-5 PM > Chester A. Whitmore Presents: Jazz A'La Carte Festival w/ CJS Quintet performs Sat, Oct 4,…"
yesterday
DojO- commented on DojO-'s event [OFF 10/4] In Leimert Park Village · THE World STAGE Saturday Jazz Workshop w/ Sensei LATIF ☾Oct.☽
"Happy Birthday - Yu-Chan "Yummy", Reggie Gooden God Bless - Yolanda Poe, Robyn Carmona, Reggie Gooden, Ann Mack, Diva Perry, Linda Morgan, J. Jacksan, Karen Hernandez Get Well Soon - Frarnk Wilson, John Hammond, Jim Hughart, Joel Scott,…"
yesterday
DojO- updated an event
Thumbnail

[OFF 10/4] In Leimert Park Village · THE World STAGE Saturday Jazz Workshop w/ Sensei LATIF "Happy 80th Birthday Reggie" ☾Oct.☽ at The World Stage - Art, Education & Performance Gallery "The heart of L.A.'s African-American cultural community." - L.A. Times

October 11, 2014 at 12pm to October 25, 2014 at 2pm
                               Support yOur Stage SOS Save yOur Stage"It takes a Village" -  African proverb"Jazz state of mind" - Duke" At The 'Village'  'Stage' " - Jeannette Lindsay, Producer/Director"…See More
Monday
Bahni Turpin posted a status
"Hey Leimert, it's been a while, come and see what's new. www.solafoodcoop.com"
Monday

© 2014   Created by enhager.

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service