2000-01-29 / Columnists

From The G-Man....by Gary Toms

From The G-Man

Dissed At The Golden Globes

Hey people! This past Sunday, I forced myself to watch the 57th Annual Golden Globe awards. I usually steer clear from award shows like the Oscars, People’s Choice, Screen Actors Guild and this one because of the grossly disproportionate number of minority actors represented. The only reason I decided to watch was because Denzel Washington and Halle Berry were nominated for awards, and I wanted to see if they’d win their respective categories. They were indeed triumphant, but I knew they were going to be dissed in some way. The G-man turned out to be right.

Halle Berry was the first to win, in the category of Best Female Performance, for her portrayal of the great and legendary Dorothy Dandridge. She brilliantly captured the beauty, poise and courage of a woman who lit up the movie screen and became one of the biggest stars of her era. However, with all of her success, she was still subject to the cruelties of racism. In one example, she was about to perform at a nightclub and she had to use a restroom. The club did not have a restroom for colored people, and she was forced to pee in a cup! There are other cases that are documented, and they are common knowledge within the Hollywood system. So, someone please tell me why Halle Berry did not get a standing ovation when she went up to get her award; if not for her performance, then at least for the honor and spirit of Dorothy Dandridge! I’ll tell you why, but let me hit this next point first.

Denzel Washington was the next to receive honors. He won for his blistering portrayal of Rubin "Hurricane" Carter. Carter is a man who was falsely accused of a crime, and he gave 25 years of his life as a result. During that time, he faced the many horrors of prison life, but his indomitable spirit allowed him to overcome the pain and suffering. Today, he is a free man and one of the greatest examples of African-American men in this society. Again, the case is well documented around the world; especially with this powerful movie being out there. So, why is it that Denzel received the same treatment when he, and Rubin Carter, went up to get the award? Hold on "peeps", because I’m about to let loose! Halle and Denzel didn’t receive standing ovations, when actor Michael J. Fox did, for the simple fact that certain segments of the white population, in this country, refuse to acknowledge that racism exists, and they have a problem with being reminded of what they, or their ancestors, have done over the course of 400 years! Michael J. Fox received a standing ovation because of his valiant battle with Parkinson’s disease. I understand that, but think of what Dandridge and Carter had to battle. It would’ve taken a strong celebrity, Black or white, with a firm knowledge of the history of this country, to stand up when everybody else chose to sit down, but unfortunately, Hollywood is full of cowards, and they don’t want to upset the establishment.

They’d better be glad I wasn’t there. If I had been, believe me, their drunk asses would’ve been out of those seats!

On another note, I have gotten a number of complaints about the poor service being provided by some of the cabstands in Far Rockaway. I can validate some of these claims because I have experienced them first hand. You request one, and they tell you it will be there within five to 10 minutes. They don’t show up sometimes until a half an hour or an hour later! When you call to ask them what’s taking so long, they cop an attitude or they are extremely rude. Moreover, when the cab does finally show up, sometimes there are three to four people in the car that they have to be dropped off before you! This happened to my sister after waiting a whole hour. She was barely able to squeeze in, and I’m still looking for the jackass that was rude to my girlfriend. I know you guys, and owners, are out to make money, but how about a little courtesy and respect, and if you don’t have a car all juiced up and ready to go, then stop bull…….. the people! Be real, and tell them it’s going to be awhile. That way, they can have a Snicker while they wait. They are your customers, and without them you’re nothing. Don’t make me write another piece on this subject guys. Thanks!

Finally, I wish people would stop with this stupid issue of Hillary Clinton being a carpetbagger. You know what? Carpetbag this!! No one ever made an issue of anything like this until newly elected Gov. Jesse Ventura appeared on "Meet The Press" and talked about how a senator of a particular state should be from that state. If he had lost, no one would be complaining. As far as I’m concerned, I don’t care if a person is from West Bubbabutt, Virginia. If that person has a solid plan for my state, economically, politically and socially, they’ve got my vote. Also, if you come with that crap, "Oh, I don’t trust her because she’s a liar and she’s sleazy", let me just say this. Name a politician that you feel you can trust one hundred percent. I dare you!

If you’re interested, yours truly will be appearing on "Breakfast at Center Stage", on January 31, at 11:30 p.m. It’s on Queens Public Television, channel 57, and the second part will air February 7, at the same time and channel. I hope you watch. Feel free to hit me up at GeeMan1025@aol.com. Stay warm, and I’ll see you next week!

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