STRONG BLACK WOMEN
An interesting interview between Queen Latifah and the unknown hit my inbox today claiming that Queen Latifah feels there aren't enough roles for strong, interesting black women.
The actress, who played Mamma Morton in Chicago and stars as August in the Secret Life Of Bees, said she finds the lack of parts frustrating.
“There aren't enough roles and this invisibility is really starting to annoy me,” she said.
She continued: “You would think that there are no black actresses in Hollywood when you look at some of the women's magazines. Not that I want the paparazzi following me everywhere, but sometimes in the magazines, it seems that we don't even exist.”
She added that there is a great disparity in how different actors are treated: “I see actors who have barely made a movie getting so much attention and publicity, whereas black actresses are completely ignored, which in a way makes the world think that they can ignore us too. Some barriers have been broken but people still have antiquated kind of thinking sometimes.”
The actress also said that she is working hard to change the situation. “When I am a producer on a film or the star of a movie, I make sure that the set is multi cultural, I make sure they hire a multi cultural, qualified crew, I don't want to look up and see all white men in front of me all day. I don't have anything against white men, but why would I be in this position and not make sure that everyone has opportunities?”[mashshare]