I've been a big fan of actor Charles Dutton ever since his hit show Roc aired on Fox in the late '90s. Maybe it's the roles he chooses that I appreciate. He has gone from an Archie Bunker-esque garbage man in Roc to a twisted huntsman who makes sport of the homeless in Surviving the game and everywhere in between. No matter what role Dutton plays, he's straight on, honest and believable.
Last week, we had the opportunity to speak with Dutton at the 7th Annual Image Awards Gala held at the Fox Theater in Atlanta. Instead of doing the usual dog and pony questions, we instead asked his opinion on the Don Imus issue and the backlash against rap music. Dutton has been a long time advocate of civil rights and the state of Black America, so we felt it would be a safe bet that he'd tell it to us straight.
Image (Independent Media Artists of Georgia): Creators of the Image awards and the Atlanta Film Festival.
Honeydripper movie clip: Produced and Directed by duo John Sayles and Maggie Renzi, Charles Dutton stars as a club owner in South Alabama during the '50s. The film will be released in 2008.
The State of Hip Hop: If you think that rap needs to get it's mouth washed out, learn how to spit your lyrics here.