At least Denzel Washington came forth to say that his role in "Training Day" was a character to which he immensely hated portraying, and it was very difficult for him to act out the role of a villian in a character he just loathed to the core. Halle Berry on the other hand, as shown by her response is extremely over joyful for the winning of best actress in "Monsters Ball". " The 33-year-old actress, a former beauty queen, glamerized herself for her role in "Monsters Ball" as a dispirited waitress and mother who falls in love with a white prison guard who she doesn't know has helped put her husband in the electric chair."
See, 'Beautiful' Historic Night, Los Angeles Times, Monday, March 25, 2002, by Robert W. Welkos, and Susan King
'Beautiful' Historic Night
In order to win big, make the headlines in a major newspaper, or be seen world wide via the media, in the thoughts, vision, and beliefs of Caucasian Americans, Black people must be the worst in a character or characters...such as scoundrels, a prostitute stripping to show all the parts of the female anatomy, denounce a family member to fall in love with a Caucasian prison guard who kills or maims Black people for sport, and or be traitors to their family or immediate community.
This certainly sends the wrong message of the meaning of success, and/or how best to achieve it, to our young people, in that in order to be successful Black people must sacrifice their moral character, be the worst in a human being, etc. If this is the meaning of success it would behoove Black people to look else where to create our own path(s) to great success. Jumping through this "Hoop of Disgrace" even once, makes the role player a disgrace to himself, herself, his community, her community, and/or other Black people, all while Caucasians make that financial killing at the expense of maintaining good moral values, decency, and/or respect, as it pertains to those who make the headlines, or make entertainment history with respect to the community of Black America.