Exception – TV Role. Back then, she was a child actress. She proved to be a formidable force -- a rarity, really -- a female, child actress whose portrayal of Niki in Holiday Heart (2000) was tender and intelligent. I loved the then-child in the role of Niki. Reynolds acted with a quiet restraint and an adult maturity while simultaneously portraying a child-like fragile innocence. It was refreshing.
You always wonder why you never see more of these people. Is it because she is doing other things with her life or is it because the offerings for a teenaged or twenty-something black actress are few and far between?
Unfortunately, all they do with talented black, female, teenaged performers is pop their boobs out, sparsely dress ‘em, ghetto ‘em down, glam ‘em up and turn them into music business hoochie-whores. Nobody cares about a gifted young actor. No. Not true. If and when they do care about them, it is only so they might place them in dumb, simple-minded, asinine films -– usually romantic comedies, teenage urban flix or foolish fluff.
I want to see more of this young actress. I think she’s 18 now. I want her to come back. I read somewhere that she released a CD last year. Maybe she’s turning to a career in the music industry. Maybe she has to.
Are there any decent roles for 18 year old black female teens? I think not. This makes me sad; very, very sad… sad for Jessika Quynn Reynolds... sad for them all.
I weep for them. I do.
With all due respect to Raven Symone, I’m not talking about people like her who do kiddie stuff or fluffy stuff. There’s a place for that. [There must be, since she’s a multimillionaire]. But it’s not what we’re talking about on this post. I never even thought about Raven Symone and this blog but should probably do a post about her someday. Symone, from what I know about her, is doing good –- maybe even great –- things. It’s worth mentioning. Okay. She’s on the list.