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Wednesday, May 20, 2009

MLK Film, DreamWorks and the King Family Hustle

Is the king family stuck on stupid for opposing the MLK film deal struck by one of the brothers?

Should Steven Spielberg have acquired the rights to make a film about the life of iconic black civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr? Some people like,
Danielle Berrin at he Jewish Journal.com feel, "The relationship between Blacks and Jews had a foundational impact on the civil rights movement. So it makes sense that when Martin Luther King Jr.‘s family finally decided to hand over intellectual property rights to Hollywood, Tinseltown’s most high-minded Jew would helm the transfer." More HERE

Hmm... I wonder who will be working on the film? I wonder if and Black Actresses
will get a starring role?
I mean has anything really changed in hollywood?

OK Here is what is going on as reported by AFP, and NewsOne and USATODAY.com

Dreamworks Studios said in a statement it had secured the rights to make the film from the King estate, which it hoped would create the "the definitive portrait" of the murdered activist's tumultuous life.

"We are all honored that the King Estate is giving us the opportunity to tell the story of these defining, historic events," Spielberg said.

"It is our hope that the creative power of film and the impact of Dr King's life can combine to present a story of undeniable power that we can all be proud of." More HERE

Civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. is shown in Atlanta on Oct. 24, 1966.

AAPP: oops, rewind! USATODAY.com reports, DreamWorks plans the first big-screen portrayal of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s life, the studio announced Tuesday, but two of King's children immediately threatened legal action because the film deal was brokered without their blessing. Without their blessings??? OMG the King family is still hustling the image of their dad. Getting paid by everyone and their mama, yet the place in which their dad his buried is in disrepair. You got to be kidding me. These King children are off the chain!

Get this, as reported by USATODAY.com Dexter King, one of the late civil rights leader's sons, said in a press release that he hoped the movie would "be the definitive film" on his father's legacy. Two other King siblings —Bernice King and Martin Luther King III— said they had no input in the deal. Dexter is the chairman and chief executive officer of King, Inc.

AAPP: King, Inc. You got to be kidding me.... King, Inc. These children of Martin and Coretta are acting like little children. Their legal disputes regarding their parents' intellectual property in the past year have been an insult to the lives of their parents. But then again, they all seem to be more interested in tarnishing their parents' legacy with his "business decisions" that peddle Martin Luther King, Jr., for thier own economic interest.

Martin Luther King III says, "It's not that we are against a film," he said. "It's very interesting to me that a company would engage in a business arrangement knowing that there's severe controversy around many issues pertaining to the estate of Martin Luther King Jr."

I agree, DreamWorks should have layed low, or at least partnered with black film makers and black writers in this planned production. I'm still concerned about the representation of black people in films.

At this point, Dexter King seems to be nothing more than a two bit hustler. This guy even used his name to get an $800,000 licensing deal with the foundation tasked with building a memorial to their father on, of all places the National Mall in Washington, D.C.

I guess the Martin Luther King, Jr. family is stuck on stupid, and making money for themselves...

I Hope
Dexter don't play his dad, he may look like him, but he sure is no Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Candidly, Dexter seems to be nothing more than a white actor in black face.

That's my thoughts, but, then again you have something to say, what do you think?

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