Did you see my blog post on the Academy Awards (the Oscars)? If not read it HERE. This morning I woke to the news that Sunday's Oscar winner for best actress Meryl Streep has donated $10,000 to a charter school in Central Falls, Rhode Island on behalf of Ms Viola Davis! Central Falls is the town in Rhode Island where Viola Davis grew up.Meryl beat out Viola for the Oscar win in the best actress category on Sunday. Viola Davis and Meryl Streep were nominated for Oscars in 2009 for the movie "Doubt". Meryl Streep for best actress and Viola Davis for best supporting actress, neither actress won in their category.
The Segue Institute, the charter school in Central Falls, Rhode Island, houses more than 200 students in grades sixth-eighth. According to the Washington Post, "Angelo Garcia, founder and director of the Segue Institute for Learning, says the check from Streep’s Silver Mountain Foundation for the Arts arrived Monday. A note said it was on behalf of actress Davis, who grew up in Central Falls"(Washington Post, 2012). The school has been trying to raise money to buy the building they currently occupy or to buy another location.
Of course with the recent Oscar win for Streep and loss for Davis "some people" are of course talking a lot and saying nothing! I have read many comments on face book and various other blogs and a lot of the comments are ignorant, some are funny, some are just plain stupid! People are complaining about $10K not being enough (Uh, hello... she did NOT HAVE TO donate ANYTHING!), some are still complaining about Viola not winning (OK, get over it), some are saying that Streep is trying to atone for the sin of winning over Davis (Hmmm, people voted for her to win, sooooo how is winning her sin?), some are saying that Blacks are settling for Master's crumbs yet again (Master's crumbs -aka - Streep's $10,000), But I did see a few commentors who said it was a very nice gesture.
My comment is that, giving $10,000 to a struggling school was very nice and philanthropic of Meryl Streep. However I will also say that like Kunta Kente, Black folks tend to shoot themselves in the foot over a dumb self-serving principle, which only makes it harder for them to move forward and slows their progress...
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