Where u at?
I was going to prepare a post. But now I can’t. So, I guess I’ll post this instead…
I needed two things to write the post. To begin with, I needed two lists…
a list of ten popular white actresses under 30 – between the ages 20 - 29.
a list of ten popular black actresses under 30 – between the ages 20 - 29.
I’m unable to write the post because I can’t finish one of the lists. :(
… unless you, the readers can. I don’t know everything. There’s plenty that I don’t know. And plenty I’m not in the loop about. So, I could be missing eight actresses. It’s quite possible. In fact, I’m really expecting to be embarrassed if and when readers fill up the list. Because as I’m writing, I’m saying to myself, “surely, you’re missing people.” Because really, I just can’t believe this is the end of the list. I don’t believe it.
Isn’t it reasonable to expect that in almost 2008, we should be able to name off the top of our head, ten young black actresses?
I was unable to do this. Can anyone?
Ah, Meagan Good. I remember when I first saw her in Eve’s Bayou (1997). I thought her career held such promise. Like Jurnee Smollett, I thought Good’s showing in the film was more than respectable. I thought Meagan Good was going to blossom into a highly regarded young actress. It seems that Meagan Good is becoming more well known as a caricature in the gossip rags, rather than a talented young actress to be reckoned with (which she probably could be -- and may still be -- before all is said and done). The good news: Meagan Good works very regularly!
As for newcomer, Lauren London; I thought she held her own in ATL (2006).
One of the reasons I don’t think young black actresses are given the chance to shine and bloom like their white counterparts is because I think often their white counterparts are seen as actresses first and whatever else they are, second. Say what you want to say about Lindsay Lohan, she is still recognized as a very talented actress. My guess is that sistas are probably often seen through amorous eyes first, probably in some instances with little regard to their thespian capabilities.
When the list fills up, I’ll write the 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.
If you’re wondering, the following people don’t qualify for the list. Why? The main reasons…
Beyonce has been in only two movies the last four years.
Jennifer Hudson has only one film credit at present.
Eve hasn’t been in a motion picture in three years.
Raven Simone has appeared in one film in the last four years.
I also talk about the other actresses in these other posts: