In the Where are the Young Black Actresses article published yesterday, I talked about the lack of working Hollywood black actresses, aged 20-29.
Today’s post is about the other actresses –- the ones in their 30s; those aged 30 – 39.
The black actresses who occupy today's list were much easier to find than the actresses on yesterday’s twenty-something list.
The selection process was the same as it was for yesterday’s post.
“How were they selected? Not much thought went into it. I just started listing the names of some of the most popular actresses I knew of. Then I separated them by age. I went from there.”
There’s not much for me to say. I just wanted to present the findings.
The goal of the article was to make a list of ten black actresses and ten of their white counterparts -- and compare their accolades.* Of course I knew the accolades on the white list would outnumber those on the black list. But I guess I didn’t expect the disparity. I was also surprised at how many of the white actresses were Oscar winners -- or at least Oscar nominated.
This list reveals a striking reality... They don’t give us chances to shine.
They don’t give us chances to shine.
Nicole Ari Parker
Jada Pinkett Smith
Taraji P. Henson
Black Actresses / White Actresses
Oscar Wins 0 / 7
Oscar Nominations 1 / 6
SAG Wins 1 / 7
SAG Nominations 4 / 8
Golden Globe Wins 0 / 10
Golden Globe Nominations 0 / 20
Grand Total Black Actresses - 6 accolades
Grand Total White Actresses - 58 accolades
To be honest, I wanted to put Lisa Arindell Anderson in place of Queen Latifah. But I figured you guys would let me have it if I didn’t include her. Queen Latifah has a large body of work. And she’s been acting for quite a while. That has to be recognized.
* I only included Oscar Awards and Nominations, Golden Globe Awards and Nominations and SAG Awards and Nominations.