The 2001 Oscars were a banner year for black actors. Halle Berry became the first black woman to win the Academy Award for best actress and Denzel Washington received a long-overdue best actor award, making him the second black actor.
From the black male perspective, actor Brian White says negative portrayals of black Women are just a reflection of reality. He says that as the black community we connect with the negative messages from black reality television then get mad because of its success. He continues to say that by watching these shows and films that depict black people in a negative light makes the stereotype exist. Brian White's solution is to stop funding the films with our money.