Race and racism are issues we still don’t talk about openly. It makes people uncomfortable, so we end up ignoring or talking around it. The controversy last year over whether or not racist language should be redacted from Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn perfectly illustrated this. Rather than dealing with our complicated, racist past, some people decided to erase references to that past. But erasing will not change the fact that it happened, nor will it solve anything in the present.
On The Bold and the Beautiful, race rarely came into play until Eric's (John McCook) wife Donna (Jennifer Gareis) was reunited with the child she had given up for adoption as a teenager. It turned out her son Marcus (Texas Battle) was the product of a biracial union and he simply looked black. When he first appeared, Donna was conflicted about telling Eric and worried that it might end their marriage…only her reaction had nothing to do with race. Or so the show would have us believe.
The NAACP Image Awards announced their 41st annual nominees today. All My Children's Debbi Morgan, One Life to Live's Terrel Tilford and The Young and the Restless' Eva Marcille were among the daytime nominees. CBS picked up six acting nominations while ABC landed four. See the full list of daytime acting nominations below.
Outstanding Actor in a Daytime Drama Series
Bryton James – The Young and The Restless
Cassius Willis – The Young and The Restless
Cornelius Smith, Jr. – All My Children
Terrell Tilford – One Life To Live
Texas Battle – The Bold and the Beautiful READ MORE
Get a little taste of what's to come on The View's Sherri Shepherd's self-titled sitcom, airing Oct. 5 at 7pm EST on Lifetime. At the 0:24 mark, guess who the actor is... *Hint* He's from Jamey and Mel's home state..