The discussion was moderated by filmmaker Warrington Hudlin. It included columnist Stanley Crouch and The Black Academy of Arts and Letters Founder Curtis King.
Below is a video of the lively discussion which had over 50 attendees sharing their thoughts on this pressing film industry issue.
TheGrio.com tackled the issue in a article in February by pointing out that many actors and producers create these roles because it is a profitable genre, disregarding the repercussions from the stereotypes they perpetuate:
Who’s to blame for this proliferation of poorly made comedies? The usual routine is to fault black audiences for not supporting more uplifting or at least, less stereotypical black films. But I think the actors themselves should be held more responsible for the roles they choose.
During the video Hudlin questioned whether these films are a form of artistic freedom.
Do you believe these type of films are a form of artistic expression, or simply a way for actors to make an extra buck?