Why is Hollywood so reluctant to hire people of color? You've seen how the Rodney King incident and the O. J. Simpson scandal impacted race relations throughout America. But outside of Hollywood, have you ever heard of Riley Weston, The Secret Life of Desmond Pfeiffer, or "The Virtual Whiteout" of 1999? All of them, including King and O. J., have contributed to low employment for people of color from the late '90s through the economic crisis of 2008.
AppBLACKation Rejected pulls back the Hollywood curtain so listeners can see how fear of unemployment promotes racist behavior in otherwise decent people, white and black. From 1992 to the exposure of Amy Pascal in 2014, this audiobook chronicles more than 20 years of deceit and immorality in Hollywood by distinguishing between racism and discrimination and, through the author's personal journey, examines how liberal Hollywood can practice what they preach and begin hiring African Americans rather than just talking about it.
If you want to understand why Hollywood is considered unfair, how to deal with unpredictable personalities when hired, or how the business operates from writing through production to distribution, AppBlackation Rejected explains the Hollywood process and its sickness better than any film school could ever dare.
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I would listen to APPBLAKATION again because it is an inspiring story. It shows the struggle of trying to break into Hollywood as a writer when you don't look a certain way. Although there are many barriers to break through, it shows us a person who continues to reinvent himself and doesn't give up.
The most memorable moments were when Charles would speak about his life and family growing up. I could picture each moment he spoke about of his life in Chicago. He spoke highly of his parents and it's clear that's where he got a lot of his determination from.
My favorite scene in the book was when after traveling across the country for an internship, Charles was told that he didn't qualify because he had already graduated college. after feeling defeated and not knowing what to do he was given an opportunity to get an apartment from a stranger. Since this was someone he came across out of the blue it made me feel like it was fate and he belonged there. A lot of people would have given up.
It made me smile a lot and some of it made me pretty angry. I smiled when he talked about his home life. I got angry because of the unfair treatment he was given over and over again. It's definitely relatable.
This is a book that is well written and an interesting read. It pulls you into Charles's personal life and you get to know him through his words. You get into his story and picture each scene he describes. I learned that Hollywood in a lot of ways isn't ready for diversity. It shows the struggles of trying to succeed as an African American writer and the road blocks that are out there. It's a story of a person who has dreams and aspirations and a strong will to continue going after what he wants.
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