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Viola Davis: “We’re in Crisis Mode as Black Actresses”

June 25th, 2013

Viola Davis seems to have had just about enough of Hollywood’s antics. That’s because the Black actress recently called it what it is, catering primarily to her Caucasian counterparts.

Here’s what Viola Davis had to say during Oprah’s Next Chapter:

“We’re in crisis mode as black actresses. It’s not only in the sheer number of roles that are offered and that are out there, but the quality — and therein lies the problem. We’re in deprivation mode because me, Alfre and Phylicia, we’re in the same category. Whereas if you take a Caucasian actress, you have the one who are the teens, in their 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s — they’re all different. There are roles for each of them. But you only have two or three categories for black actresses, therein lies, because you want to work.

So it’s a natural instinct, if you throw a piece of cheese in a room full of rats, that they’re going to claw at each other.”

Does Hollywood laugh at Afro American actors and actresses, knowing the only way for the majority of them to stay employed is to be cast in Tyler Perry films? Of course. Don’t believe me.. Ask Quentin Tarantino




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138 Comments on "Viola Davis: “We’re in Crisis Mode as Black Actresses”"


abunchofcoycats
June 28, 2013

if violala dont look just like oppy they must be sisters lol! first of all viola is only shedding the light on a dirty room that was dirty way before any one spoke about it.they never wanted black women on film black actresse have to remember we started out playing roles of mammy servants whores bafoons or shadow on the wall besdie the white mistress.basicaly ish hasnt really changed were still were we started when we have just a few black directors there shouldnt be any complaint about not getting that acting job! we need more black directors to give out more

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Gingerbread31
June 28, 2013

Finally someone is honest! Not hating on Halle but she is nothing like that character. You’re right, instead of hiring a Black woman with a wide nose and natural hair, they hired Zoe and slapped a afro wig and a fake nose on her. I read somewhere that Ms. Simone’s granddaughter will be doing a real version of her. I’m with you, “Hollywood Hates Black People!”

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Keepitrealnotkeepinitreal
June 28, 2013

C NN is showing a special called the N word on monday night.

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christa Reply:

It’s on my DVR as we speak. I hope it’s AC and not Wolf Blitzer hosting.

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christa
June 29, 2013

It’s on my DVR as we speak. I hope it’s AC and not Wolf Blitzer hosting.

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nba is fixed
June 28, 2013

No! Halle shouldn’t have played Storm. A tall dark skin woman from an African country should have gotten the role. Halle was the most popular black actress and slept with some of the most powerful producers and directors. Also Halle passes the paper bag test. That’s why she played Storm. I’m pissed that Zoe got the role for Nina Simone. Hollywood hates black people!

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Anonymous
June 28, 2013

I like comic book films. I am waiting for the Black Panther to be made…hopefully with Idris Elba as The Black Panther.
Anyway. I used to write mainly sci fi and horror, but its extremely hard for scripts to picked up. (I’m a black female btw)
Anyways, I was following that gal who did Awkward Black Female, because of her cross over appeal I just knew she was gonna take off any open more doors for actors of color. She seemed to have fallen off.
Best Man 2 is coming out maybe John, Spike and them will get off they butts and keep up the momentum. There are a lot of black stories to be shared. I thought someone would do Emperor of Ocean Park but I couldn’t even get through that book but some folks might like to see that story being made.

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Gingerbread31 Reply:

I like comic book films too, so let me ask you a question, “Do you think that Halle Berry should have been cast as Storm?

Personally, when I think of that character I see Grace Jones. Eric Jerome Dickey has taken The Black Panther to another level, and his books are the same, but this man to me does not get the props that he deserves.

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Gingerbread31
June 28, 2013

I like comic book films too, so let me ask you a question, “Do you think that Halle Berry should have been cast as Storm?

Personally, when I think of that character I see Grace Jones. Eric Jerome Dickey has taken The Black Panther to another level, and his books are the same, but this man to me does not get the props that he deserves.

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