Saturday, June 19, 2010


Because Hollywood is convinced that Cleopatra had skin like snow, rather than skin like bronze, another snowbunny has been hired to play the ancient Egyptian queen. Angelina Jolie will star in an upcoming historical biopic based on the soon-to-be-published Queen of the Nile, Cleopatra: A Life but not everyone is happy about this recent news…

Film producer Scott Rudin developed and feel confident about his decision to use Jolie.” Jolie, a Hollywood A-lister, will do her best in bringing the story of the famed Egyptian queen to life, and it appears no one doubts she can do it… including Pulitzer prize-winning author Stacy Schiff, who penned the biography, “Cleopatra: A Life,” a book that won’t be on shelves until the fall.

Schiff already heavily endorses Jolie, stating, “I think she’d be perfect for it and I can see a possible Oscar in her future. Physically, she’s got the perfect look.”

Gasp, the nerve! “She’s got the perfect look?” Honestly, I don’t care how full Angelina Jolie’s lips are, how many African children she adopts, or how bronzed her skin will become for the film, I firmly believe this role should have gone to a Black woman.
I mean, isn’t it enough that 47 years ago, dame Elizabeth Taylor was cast to portray Cleopatra in one of the most expensive films ever made?

That Elizabeth Taylor was actually the third White woman to be tapped for the Cleopatra role — following Vivien Leigh and Claudette Colbert — just makes this all the more comical. Were Vanessa Williams, Halle Berry and Thandie Newton unavailable for auditions that day?

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