Should an actor’s ethnicity match a character’s ethnicity? Does it matter, or does it not? Whatever your line of thinking, you’re probably irked by these recent casting developments.
L.A. Police officer speaking to a Black actor who pretended to break in to Jason Roberts’ car while Roberts filmed it. Roberts, who is White, also filmed himself breaking into the same car to demonstrate the difference in peoples’ reactions based on the race of the person attempting to break into the car. Roberts tried to break into his own car for 30 minutes and nobody bothered him. A police car even drove past at one point and did nothing. When the Black actor, Quentin Brunson, attempted to break into the car, the police were called and showed up within 2 minutes.
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Two Gentlemen From Pentatonix Cover Beyonce’s Entire ‘Visual Album’ Flawlessly In Under Six Minutes
Covering a Beyonce song is a daunting task for any artist (how are you going to improve on perfection?) but covering an entire LP is unheard of. Until now. Mitch Grassi and Scott Hoying from a cappella groupPentatonix condensed Queen Bey’s visual album into a sprawling six minute song and it’s mind-blowing.
There’s so much to love here. Mitch and Scott obviously have amazing voices — their group won NBC’s The Sing-Off, after all — but their attention to detail is staggering. The way they capture Beyonce’s multi-layered sound without instruments is incredible, let alone their ability to do justice to her gorgeous genre-hopping LP. Oh and they even have Bey’s “serfboart” refrain down pat! Watch in awe up top.
What album should the guys tackle next? Your suggestions in the comments below.
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