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December 03, 2007

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JOHNNY WISHBONE

The only logical, albeit MESSED up, explanation is. WHite hollywood is scared and thereby hates seeing successful black artists. I hate to say it.. but if it walks like a duck, etc...

theblackactor.com

LOL @ Johnny -- walks like a duck...

It is fear or racism or conspiracy or something.

They are not being given opportunites... for some underlying reason.

johnny wishbone

I am also a black actor. I will tell of an experience i had when attending city college of new york working on my b.f.a. in theatre arts with an emphasis on acting. I was told by the department.. that i was being dropped from the program because "a black man will never be a lead actor and even though you are VERY talented and personable, we feel it is in your best interest to save you from the future rejection." I was then dropped from the program by receiving two failing grades which is grounds for expulsion from the program. True story. My point? I don't know.. just thought it made sense at the time to tell the story

Kimi

Would Jurnee Smollett qualify for your list?

Otherwise, I'm sadly stumped right now.

Altho I'm not sure of her age, Sharon Leal has been getting a lot more roles lately (This Christmas; Why Did I Get Married). But I'm not sure of her age tho.

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@ Johnny

Wow. That's pretty unbelievable. It sucks, though. Since you're in the biz, Johnny, this raises another Question for me -- I know nothing about the world of stage. Do brothers have a better time of it there? I'm curious. I'm glad you didn't let that crush your dreams. If it is for you, you will have it and nothing anybody says (or does can interfere with that). Keep it movin. I'm glad you are.

@Kimi

Actually, Journee Smollett would qualify. However, I wouldn't really want her on the list. I never thought of her cuz I didn't think she was still working. She doesn't really belong on it. She barely works, with three films in the last four years. But, you're right Kimi. Technically she does belong on it (but not really). :) Thanks, Kimi.

aulelia

If the situation is dire in the US, it is barely visible in the UK! I can't think of any other young black actresses. And black female singers may also be eating up parts for black female actresses.

What about indie films for these black actresses?

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@Aulelia

I don't watch enough indie films regularly enough to know. I'm guessin' the result is similar. I've often wondered if the UK situation with black actors is similar to the U.S. situation. I guess it may be. :(

Shion

No respectable actress ,black or white, wouldn't want to be associated with Lindsay Lohan!!! Get real!!!! Tara Reid,anyone? Those two are pretty much blacklisted as far as being on the silver screen because their partying interfered with business.Give them 5 years,they'll be posing for Playboy or their homemade sex tape will "leak" on the internet.
Black entertainers should pick and pace their career choices wisely.Don't be so quick to keep up with the current white female of the moment.Alot of these young white girls pick movies for the quick money and not for the longevity of a career because there is another younger white female who will take their fan base in 2-3 years (Hayden P. from "Heroes").Remember the young white girls with the hypenated last names (Michelle Gellar,Amber Theissen,Love Hewitt,ewtc.),they aren't as popular as they were 10 years ago. Black entertainers should accumulate their fan base steadily and don't be so quick to blow up in the mainstream,IMO.
BTW,Johnny, that story sounds like a lawsuit to me.

LaJane Galt

"we feel it is in your best interest to save you from the future rejection."


Damn Johnny! I call bullshit. Rejection is part of the business.

theblackactor.com

@ Shion

LOL.

Tara Reid popped into my head. She wasn't worthy of the list, it seemed. LOL.

Orville

I know this will sound controversial but I think it needs to be said. I think the reason young black women are not given the big major roles is due to fear. Hollywood is afraid of black female sexuality. The movies are fantasy. Hollywood doesn't want young black women to be the "fantasy" for white males. Nor does Hollywood want black women to be the "ideal" or standard of beauty. Think about it movies are pop culture right and in North America the "norm" is to promote a Eurocentric standard of beauty. It goes back to the days of slavery where white women were placed on the pedestal and black women were scorned.

Now things have improved in Hollywood but things certainly aren't as good as they should be. I think Hollywood has the collective thinking they will only use a young black actress when absolutely "necessary". Also, another problem is the lack of blacks in decision making places of power. Look at Shonda Rhimes at Grey's Anatomy. My question is Rhimes has a considerable amount of power yet she has two TV shows "Grey's Anatomy" and "Private Practice" with BOTH white women in the lead. My question is why? Why are black women just the "best friends" of the white females. It seems this is where black women are in the TV and movies.

It seems once black women "reach" their 30s the potential for bigger roles improves to a certain extent. Gabrielle Union is the star of two movies this year. The Perfect Holiday is coming out in a few weeks. But there is a void for young black women.

I just thought of someone what about Raven? I think Raven is perhaps the most successful and famous young black actress under the age of 25 in Hollywood right now. Ebony magazine had an article on Raven and they said she's sold over $400 million dollars worth of DVDs, CDs, concert tickets, movies ect.

I definitely see your point though about the lack of quality roles for young black actresses under the age of 30 its not fair and its not right.

Also I just remembered Jennifer Hudson did just win the Oscar she's only 26 so perhaps Hollywood will give her a film lead role? The question still remains can Hudson "build" on her Oscar win? Beyonce although some people will say she's not an actress she still is the most famous young black woman in Hollywood under the age of 30. And what about Fantasia she was amazing in the Color Purple. But I definitely see your point though.

Orville

I think you got to have Hudson on your list because unlike even some of those white girls she has the Oscar. And since Jennifer has the Oscar she has power. Also, Jennifer has completed two more movies with non singing roles. Jennifer has a small part in an indie called "Winged Creatures" costarring Forest Whitaker. Second, she's in the Sex and City movie. I mean that's got to count for something. I think if Jennifer Hudson plays her cards right she can become a big superstar. I think its really possible.

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@ Orville

You make great points, Orville! I mentioned in the post about why Raven Simone wasn't included. I'm only counting her work in motion pictures. Okay. Maybe I'll add her. :)

I didn't consider Hudson's stuff in production. I only considered what she's already done. But okay, Orville. Maybe I'll add her. :)

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@ Orville

You make great points, Orville! I mentioned in the post about why Raven Simone wasn't included. I'm only counting her work in motion pictures. Okay. Maybe I'll add her. :)

I didn't consider Hudson's stuff in production. I only considered what she's already done. But okay, Orville. Maybe I'll add her. :)

Cheryl Ann @ Evoluer

History does indicate a systematic fear and fascination of “The Dark.” Goggle: Saartjie Baartman, known among white Americans as “Hottentot Venus.”


Cheryl Ann @ Evoluer

History does indicate a systematic fear and fascination of “The Dark.” Goggle: Saartjie Baartman, known among white Americans as “Hottentot Venus.”


Shion

Yeah but Orville, that's exactly my point, a serious actress wouldn't want to be known for their sexuality because it is fleeting and you can't make a serious career out of it as you get older.These young white and tight actress are just temporary "eye candy". No one takes them serious as an actress.They are there just for box office revunue for a certain time...Jessica Simpson.Francis Ford Coppala said the only reason he cast Keanu Reeves in his "Dracula " remake was because of his box office appeal to young girls at the time..Denise Richardson played a nuke scientist in the James Bond film "The World is not Enough"!!!Most of these girls are flash in the pan.
Jennifer Hudson , I'm afraid, is stuck in the "best friend" roles because of her image.Usually,people who win "Supporting Oscars" have an opportunity to star in a lead role. Some fly ...some don't.She is a "best friend" in the Sex in the City movie coming out;-( She may need to drop her weight just to showcase a different side of her personality if she wants to have a fruitful CAREER or settle for having a JOB...there is a difference.
Sexuality got Ms. Berry an Oscar (of course I don't think she has ever done anything of substance since then,IMO)

Orville

Shion, we have to be positive about Jennifer Hudson. I mean the girl just won the Oscar this year. Jennifer is only 26 I believe she has youth on her side. Jennifer as I said is very smart. Wouldn't it be dumb for her to try to do a leading lady role right now? White Hollywood is just waiting for her to flop! I think Jennifer is trying to keep her name out there its a smart strategy. Jennifer probably watches Sex and the City and the pressure is OFF of her. I do see what you're saying about Jennifer though. I don't want her to end up in the typical black girl best friend to the white star type of roles either. However, Jennifer has to be shrewd she has to build her craft. Jennifer was already offered $3 million to be in a movie this year but she turned it down.

Yes Halle Berry won the Oscar but at what cost? I think Berry lost a lot of respect in the black community for doing Monster's Ball. I also believe black film fans have figured her out. Why would blacks want to see Halle have yet again another white male love interest?

Also, I am not suggesting Halle cannot work with white men. I am just noticing a trend that in MOST of Berry's films in the past five years since winning the Oscar she's only had white love interests. And the reason is all due to marketing. Hollywood thinks if Berry has a black leading man her movie won't sell. I disagree but that's the racist attitude of Hollywood.

Blacks want to see black love on the silver screen. Its the reason Tyler Perry is so popular. Berry isn't popular with blacks anymore because blacks know the game she's playing and she is indeed playing a game. I mean look at Berry "Things We Lost In The Fire" bombed big time. Nobody cared about that movie. I also feel Berry has lost the black audience. Some blacks don't want to see the so called "A" list black woman kissing and making love to white men all the time. I really believe white Hollywood is getting sick of Berry due to her age she's 41. And black movie fans have figured her out. Berry isn't about the "struggle" Berry is all about herself. Berry always tries to play the victim but nobody forced her to do crap like Catwoman and Perfect Stranger. Halle Berry made those choices.

LaJane Galt

I think the last straw re: Halle was when she got pregnant by a white dude. Me, I thought the Monster's Ball scene was gross (BBT!), but not offensive. Catwoman's camera cuts made me nauseous.

I have watched too many black men paired up w/ barely black too care much.

aulelia

I agree with Orville in the sense that I want to see black love on the screen more. It is refreshing. Bad Boys II was a re-run the other day on the box and I watched it and saw the love thing between Smith & Gabby Union. It was cute even though the film was rubbish, at least they were a black couple!

*rant over*

SONGi

wow.. i ♥ this site!
its sad tht we cant even name 10 young actresses eh!
i still think, we need all the successful BLACK Celebs [Oprah//.Denzel//.Diddy//.Camel//.Will Smith//.Spike Lee] to start makin opportunities for BLACK kids out there..
we cant keep asking WHITE people to help us out or make roles in movies for us..
we gotta do it ourselves!

theblackactor.com

@ SONGi

Thank you so much for the kind words, SONGi. :)

Yup. That's what it's gonna boil down to. We gotta do our own stuff. Period.

rubyspirit

Beyonce is a great actress. Its terrible she was overlooked in Dreamgirls.

Jennifer is OK. I'm just not into big Black women b*tchy roles. She's in Sex In The City movie so we'll see another side, hopefully.

Thandie is awesome. Too bad many years have passed without giving her more screen time. Love her...

Queen Latifiah is pretending, and ya'll are falling for it!

Eve's sitcom was funny. Her clothing line sucked!


More actresses in their 20s: Eva "Marcille" Pigford, YaYa Dacosta, Tia Mowry, Tamera Mowry, ans Keisha Knight Pullam.

Keisha

A lot of times the industry causes a lot of people to devalue themselves and Black Women usually don't(or they used to didn't)take things that far. When folks start degrading themselves they are looked at as bofoons and not taken seriously. I also feel that we can't afford the proper training that these White actors/actress receive and pretty much since "crack" hit the scene in the late 70's we've really been left behind(meaning that most actresses in that age group had a f*cked up upbringing due to the society ). Now young "should be/could be" actresses are in hip/hop and RnB videos that glorify sex, drugs and stupidity. We have bad scripts and bad actors. I say forget this industry and just stay on the str8 and narrrow path of the LORD. Ok I know I went all around the subject and landed on GOD, but that's just me.

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@ Keisha

"Now young "should be/could be" actresses are in hip/hop and RnB videos that glorify sex, drugs and stupidity. We have bad scripts"

Yuuuuuup.

JessieTressie

"Beyonce is a great actress"...I'm a big fan of her as an entertainer, but let's not get the two confused.

And winning an oscar makes you more than ok...especially when it's your first big-screen movie role.

Befree

Keke Palmer

Stephan

First of all, I think you are mistaking in only looking at movies for black actresses. Raven Simone has has a very succssful tv show in the last 4 years. Acting is theater, commercials, voiceovers, radio, etc. not just movies. Also Beyonce can'ta ct.

Nikki

Zoe Saldana- Yes she is a Black woman she's said so many times.
Rosaria Dawson
Shareeka Epps
( I think she's 19 though)
Jurnee Smollett
Jennifer Hudson


Others a bit outside of the age range
Naomie Harris
Sharon Leal
Paula Patton 32
Kerry Washington 31
Keke Palmer


Let's be for real a lot of those White Actresses you mentioned can't act Jessica Biel, Hilary Duff, Lindsay Lohan. Kirsten is lucky she was a child star, cuz she plays the same damn character in every movie. Who remembers Anna Paquin?? Scarlett is Bland to me, but I guess she passes. Keira & Anne are okay and Christina is usually good when she's on.

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@ Stephan

Hi Stephan; thing is, this blog ONLY discusses motion picture actresses and actors. Visit the welcome page. Occasionally, televsion work or television actors are mentioned but they are not the focus of this blog. I agree, Raven Simone is a huge force; one to be reckoned with but she doesn't really qualify as a motion picture actress, really, in my mind. I know she's done some kiddie, Disney stuff, though.

@ Nikki

We have highlighted some of the actresses (including Rosario Dawson, Sharon Leal, etc.) you mention in a subsequent post to this one. And, yes, I have highlighted Kerry Washington, Shareeka Epps and Journee Smollett on various posts. Good suggesetions. Thank you!

Black Barbie

Today this post caught my attention even though I'm 5 months late. I was just looking on the internet for young black actresses myself and came up extremely clueless and frustrated. Its just like everything else in life, you don't get a break until you're older, and definitely for blacks. If you look @ every profession that is lucrative, you're not taken seriously until you're older and more mature. Take Will Smith and Martin Lawrence for example, although they had major sitcoms nationally and internationally known, they weren't put into any major roles until they're 30's. Will Smith was already like 21 when Fresh Prince aired and that stayed on for like 8 years. Martin had his show for 5 years but didn't get anything until after that. The only thing as the one person mentioned was that black people have a lack of finances and don't usually enroll their kids into theatre and dance until their teens, while whites start @ like 3 years old. They have a 10 year head start already starting out in pageants, with headshots, onto commercials, then big movies. But look @ it this way- could you imagine the competition just looking for a job? Going on countless auditions for years. At least in corporate America you only have to invest maybe 6 mths if you have received a degree. It's not even really White Hollywood's fault. I don't see up and coming black script writers and film producers on the rise. Most black men want to rap or play some form of sports. We're not even what we used to be since Slavery. Not to get off the subject but what happened to the Black Architects. And considering the fact that Black women were the homemakers during slavery, how is it that Martha Stewart becomes the Poster for Home Living. We talk about Halle Berry, but if we all were given the opportunity to change our lives for the better we would take it in a heart-beat and deal with the consequences later. Halle Berry is HELLO---mixed, so what she did should not be seen as off the radar. Blacks are just too critical of each other instead of being supportive for being good at whatever it is that you do. We always have to find flaws or talk about how we can do this and that better. That's one reason why you're not seeing us because most black women just talk and never do. We can't even genuinely complement a women without looking her over from head to toe and if you are comfortable with complementing your sister, then clearly I'm not talking about you, because you're doing and probably out there hustling by any means necessary and I'm not mad @ you. At the end of the day you want to say you had a meal, not talk about how you're still trying to get a meal. How can we down Halle Berry and not say anything about Wesley Snipes, Ice-T, Dr. Dre, Derek Luke, and Taye Diggs who are all married to white women. Halle Berry hasn't did nothing more than what happened when we got here. The only difference is, it was consentual. But all the older black actresses play the younger roles because Hollywood would rather take a risk on a known than an un-known. It hasn't always been that way either. Do your research and you will find that Blacks did have their own production company where 5 films were created, but due to lack of audience it went down. If we could all get together and be serious about this, we could have something instead of hating on each other. I don't see anyone telling Ophrah that instead of building a charter school in Africa that she could'ave started a performing Arts School in America, along with a number of well to do blacks who donate to HBCU's. Every black will not attend one of those schools and therefore not reap the benefits for whatever reason. Put your money where the benefits are visible and not always tax write-offs.

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@ Black Barbie

One of the things you said in your comment really rang true to me.

" ... black people have a lack of finances and don't usually enroll their kids into theatre and dance until their teens, while whites start @ like 3 years old. They have a 10 year head start already starting out in pageants, with headshots, onto commercials, then big movies."

I agree that this is one of the reasons why there are far more young white actors (on TV and in film) than there are black kids. You're right.

pj

you guys are forgetting the awesome Kerry Washington ray, mr. ms. smith,save the last dance...etc other than that there is a deficiency in young black actors and beyonce does not count she is a singer who sings in films not an actress. she sux. jenny hudson did not deserve an oscar for dg. maybe a golden globe and some grammy's but honestly if she didn't sing in that movie it would have been mediocre at best. anyone can get one now days except those who deserve them apparently. unfortunately the demand for darkskinned actors are not in the biz lighter ones make the cut.
akeelah and the bee(the girl)
kerry washington
and thats about it

theblackactor.com

Hi PJ.

I agree. They do seem to give anybody Oscars nowadays. Like you, I am a Kerry Washington fan. She is highlighted elsewhere on the site. She didn't fit into this category, I believe, because she is not in the age range for this particular article.

Rita

I'm a young actress from London, living in new york. To answer your question, yes the situation is even worsT in the UK. There are no shows on tv that have young black actresses. The situation is just disheartning. Beyonce is not an actress, please understand that. Thats the problem young black ACTRESSES are not given the opportunity because roles are given to black musicians. I was told in school to do a project to find black actresses that I thought were similar to me. It broke my heart to find that I could only relate to sanna lathan who is waaaaay over 20 years old. Where are the up and coming black young actresses of today?

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@ Rita

Ah, Rita; I empathize with your plight. It's unfortunate. It's not fair. And it is discouraging. The first thought I have wondered is if this will indeed change in my lifetime. But I suppose if the U.S. can have a black president-elect, anything is possible. LOL.

We sholdn't have to steer our youth away from your profession. We should be able to give young black actors hope.

Can we?

*** Sigh ***

Rita: I wish you the best.

I wonder if the stage is not more welcoming than film. I know little of the world. I'd be curious to know, though.

Danielle

What about Zoe Saldana, Joy Bryant, Keke Palmer, and even Zoe Kravitz (check her out in The Brave One). Of course I only came up with Jurnee Smollett, Meagan Good, and Lauren London too.

Janet

Re: bad scripts? Im working on that. Very, Very hard.

lynnie

You can add:
1.Raven Symone(You're actually wrong about her being in 1 movie within the past 4 years("Cheetah Girls 1&2","Tinkerbell""College Road Trip", not to mention she has been the star of her own show "That's So Raven" for 4 years. Her show has branded many toys and bed-sets and clothes....)
2.Kyla Pratt(she's not popular yet, but I have a feeling she might start being in more movies these days, so she's a possibility)
3.Keke Palmer(oh, wait, she's not 20 yet)
4.Rosario Dawson(she's puerto rican/black/and other stuff, so she counts, right?)
5.Gabrielle Union(Oh Dang!!! She's 36! OMG, she dont even look it-scratch her off)

Well, thats all i got 4 ya...okay, so i basically gave u 2 people not in the age range, 1/4 black one, one thats not popular but i predict she will be, and one who u think isnt popular, but i think is.

So, yeah, just add Raven Symone!!!

Oh, and i see this hasnt been updated in like a year, so u need 2 update the white actresses also. ok, bye!

;-)

Liz

Maybe there are two more you can add to the list. How about the other black cheetah girl and the High School Musical girl? But you know what you're right. Where are they? If you've noticed that even in certain movies they will have at least one black actor and zero black actresses. It's like we don't exist.

theblackactor.com

It's very unfortunate, Liz. It really is.

Nick

Halle Berri
Angele Bassett
Lisa Ann
Gabrielle Union

theblackactor.com

Hi Nick; but they're over the age limit.

Joey 101

I believe Erica Hubbard is 29. Maybe 30. Kayla Pratt, Raven Symone. Maybe Tatiana Ali?

Nicole

This is a REALLY hard task, but I'm going to try... (I'm trying to list 20 Black actresses 30 years and under... so I guess Gabrielle, Nia Long, Sanaa, Angela Basset, Kimberly Elise, etc. must be excluded).

1. Megan Good
2. Zoe Saldana
3. Lauren London
4. Raven Simone (who never got the publicity and credit she deserved from the Disney channel)
5. Jurnee Smollet (Eve's Bayou, Great Debaters)
6. Keke Palmer
7. Erica Hubbard (Lincoln Heights)
8. Camille Winbush (Secret Life of American Teenager and Bernie Mack Show)
9. Jasmine Richards (Camp Rock, iCarly)
10. Tatiyana Ali (from Fresh Prince and she's now on the Bold and the Beautiful)
11. Alexis Fields (Diavionne from Sister Sister)
12. Tia Mowry
13. Tamera Mowry
14. Andrea Lewis (Hazel From Canada's Degrassi)
15. Sarah Elizabeth Barrable-Tishauer (Liberty from the TV show Degrassi)
16. Kyla Pratt (One on One and Dr. Doolittle Movies)
17.Monique Coleman (High School Musical)
18. Sicily (One on One and Sweet Sixteen Movie)
19. Dana Davis (TV show Heros, 10 Things I Hate About You, Prom Night)
20. Regine Nehy (from Sweet Sixteen Movie and Lakeview Terrace)
21. Jessica Lucas (from Coverfield, the Covenant, and now on Melrose Place ... we need all the help we can get)

I tried, but I had to SEARCH HARD for some of these people and EXPLAIN who they are ... So ... I get your point. (Plus these actresses don't get the publicity they need to become household names... and some just don't get the movie/TV roles to do so ...)

I look at the TV and see no one in my age bracket who looks like ME!! It's sad, but it's the same for Asians (Indians included) and Latinos (to an extent). Until casting directors change OR people of different races take control of their own images and FORCE them to be SEEN on TV (i.e. this is done by NOT selling your business to the highest bidder), this trend will continue.

I guess we always have singers turned actresses ... and reality TV stars and ANTM girls ... that looks so promising...

Nicole

1. Megan Goode (Roll Bounce)
2. Lauren London
3. Raven Simone (That’s So Raven)
4. Tatiyana Ali (Fresh Prince)
5. Sicily (One on One)
6. Kyla Pratt (One on One)
7. Jurnee Smollet (The Great Debaters)
8. Andrea Lewis (Degrassi)
9. Alexis Fields (Sister Sister)
10. Dana Davis (10 Things I Hate About You)
11. Erica Hubbard (Lincoln Heights)
12. Regine Nehy (Sweet Sixteen Movie)
13. Monique Coleman (High School Musical)
14. Keke Palmer (True Jackson, VP)
15. Sarah Barable-Tishauer (Degrassi)
16. Camille Winbush (Secret Life of American Teenager, Bernie Mack Show)
17. Tamera Mowry (Roomates, Sister Sister)
18. Tia Mowry (The Game)
19. Jazz Raycole (My Wife and Kids- Claire Season 1)
20. Amber Dawn Stevens (Greek)
21. Zoe Saldana
22. Jennifer Freeman (My Wife and Kids- Claire after Season 1, You Got Served)
23. Jessica Lucas (Cloverfield, She’s the Man)

Nicole

1. Megan Goode (Roll Bounce)
2. Lauren London
3. Raven Simone (That’s So Raven)
4. Tatiyana Ali (Fresh Prince)
5. Sicily (One on One)
6. Kyla Pratt (One on One)
7. Jurnee Smollet (The Great Debaters)
8. Andrea Lewis (Degrassi)
9. Alexis Fields (Sister Sister)
10. Dana Davis (10 Things I Hate About You)
11. Erica Hubbard (Lincoln Heights)
12. Regine Nehy (Sweet Sixteen Movie)
13. Monique Coleman (High School Musical)
14. Keke Palmer (True Jackson, VP)
15. Sarah Barable-Tishauer (Degrassi)
16. Camille Winbush (Secret Life of American Teenager, Bernie Mack Show)
17. Tamera Mowry (Roomates, Sister Sister)
18. Tia Mowry (The Game)
19. Jazz Raycole (My Wife and Kids- Claire Season 1)
20. Amber Dawn Stevens (Greek)
21. Zoe Saldana
22. Jennifer Freeman (My Wife and Kids- Claire after Season 1, You Got Served)
23. Jessica Lucas (Cloverfield, She’s the Man)

theblackactor.com

Thank you, Nicole, for your research on this matter and for posting your results with us.

So much tme has passed. So little has changed. It's so discouraging. Soooooooo much has to change.

Char

I'd bring to your attention that scarlott Johanson was born in '84, Lindsey Lohan in '87, and Hilary duff in '87. Likewise Lauren London was born in '84, Raven was born in '85 and Kyla Pratt and Jurnee Smollett both in '86. With the acception of Hilary Duff, the white girls play roles that have them representing sexual grown women with racy sex scenes or sleeping with much older than them Johanson in He's just not that into you, In good company) the black girls are still playing younger girl roles like in high school or young college girls (Jurnee in Great Debators; Kyla on TV, Hotel for Dogs, Dr. Doolittle; Raven in College road trip, Tinkerbell, Fat albert; Lauren London in I Love you Beth cooper & This Christmas). Maybe because as black women, they will be able to play younger roles longer. Gabriel Union and Stacy Dash were playing teens well into their late twenties and early 30s. Sharon Leal is nearly 40 and playing roles as a woman in her younger 20s. If you are going to consider Kat ehudson as "young" zoe Saldena and Erica Hubbard should be as well (seeing as they are about the same age). Maybe a better question should be who plays the roles as young black actress rather than who really is one.

theblackactor.com

@ Char -- Well, someone's done their homework! Thank you for sharing this info. with us.

Jai

I have to say that it's more than racism, there have been many successful black male actors, the problem is that black women can't be as versatile as there white counterparts, not because we lack skill, but because white media and audiences would rather see a white woman playing an irish girl than a black woman. That and the fact that black women are more distinct than white woman, we can't be put into singular groups the way our white counterparts are. And yes the racism is still there, I also agree that are stronger black stars need to start making ways for up and coming black actors.

theblackactor.com

And thank you for your thoughts, Jai! The reasons for this are numerous, as you point out. Racism is one aspect of it only.

Ruka

I am like 2 years late!
But it's sad but this list has not changed! In fact, it's a bit more depressing!

Kemi Brown

Hi, I would like become an actress but I do not have any experience or schooling in this industry. From the research I have done I know I should get some training. However, I feel some people have the natural abilities to act like Jennifer Hudson in Dream Girls. I am a teacher by trade, originally from the UK but I live and work in Asia. I cant see the possibilities of training in Asia espically as I have made little attempt to learn the native language. Should I forget this dream and stick to the day job?

lily

I dont know ,but i have observed this for a while. I'm very interested in becoming an actress but because of my skin color, i doubt my success, especially since i have a very humble background. so i decided to let my dream go by, i have now made it to 20. but still afraid due to my skin color.

i always look up to Union, i just like her.

Katie M

Shenell Edmonds is a positive young black actress who can act.
http://www.welovesoaps.net/2010/10/we-love-soaps-tv-208-shenell-edmonds.html

Shonda Rhimes Hates Black Women

In this day and age of Michelle Obama and her beautiful daughters, who needs a Shonda Rhimes?

Yes, that’s right. The Shonda Rhimes in charge of creating “Grey’s Anatomy”, “Private Practice”, “Off the Map”, and a soon-to-be-produced movie based on the book “B*tch is the New Black”.

Producer Shonda Rhimes and producers Jenna Banns, Betsy Beers) at ABC either refuse to portray Black women on their shows in the TV lineup - consistently eliminating them from roles, as in “Off the Map” - or continue to stereotype Black women as (arguably) successful, but dysfunctional with sterile roles, as in Grey’s Anatomy and, to a degree, Private Practice.

And although, yes, Ms. Rhimes is a Black woman, the typical pattern for her shows is to:

1. systematically and completely exclude Black women, or
2. In the rare cases where Black women are portrayed, cast them as less-desirable than their non-Black counterparts (i.e. out-of-shape, harsh, mean, emotionally barren – feel free to pick your stereotype as Shonda Rhimes and her crew uses them all), unable to be involved in healthy relationships with any man, and definitely not a Black man.

At best, Ms. Rhimes and her crew may cast a Black woman as the “best friend” to a white or non-black cast member, as if that is some special compliment. At her worst, Black women are portrayed as “the b*tches” she wants America to believe them to be, stark and humorless.

Let’s hope that her upcoming movie based on “B*tch is the New Black” gets canned before production.

Black women of all shades look great, and are romantic, and sexy. And with so many struggling Black actresses looking for parts, I know she can find some beauties that fit the bill of smart, beautiful, friendly, and can play the "hot" roles, all rolled into one.

Who needs to support a Black woman who routinely eliminates us from the shows she produces, and thinks that the only time we’re worthy of portrayal is as b*tches? Who thinks that Black women, and Black women alone, are not worthy of portrayal in romantic relationships? Who thinks that an equally attractive Black woman should not be cast among equally attractive co-stars? Who is OK with producing a movie casting Black women with the gumption, discipline, and standards to become highly educated professionals, as b*tches? Obviously, in her self-hating mind, Black women are not of “the beautiful people”, thus we deserve to be marginalized, eliminated or maligned and scorned.

Do we want our daughters and the next generation of Black girls growing up believing that they are not as beautiful as anyone else? That the best they are is a b*tch? That they are less kind, intelligent, and sexy than other women on this planet? That they cannot be human and have days like everyone else when they are angry or frustrated or even feeling mean without being cast as a “B*tch”? That they have to trade in their standards and success for fear of being denigrated?

I think NOT.

So who needs a Shonda Rhimes? If this is the best she can do to portray Black women, then we certainly do not.

And who needs Jenna Banns, Betsy Beers or the ABC network?

Who needs to support a TV network that has recently shown that it supports producers (such as those above) who would willingly eliminate Black women from its popular primetime programming altogether rather than show them in non-stereotypical roles? And yes, this is the same network that gained some of its highest ratings ever, gained millions of viewers - and millions of dollars – all because of the work of another Black woman, Oprah Winfrey.

So much for being appreciated.

Do we want Black women and girls believing that they can toil away to produce original material for a network only to then be completely written out of the script? That they should support a network that really wants to see them disappear?

Who wants to benefit off of the media power of a Black woman, but not give the legions of young, beautiful Black actresses a chance to work and prove themselves? Who wants to keep up the status quo in popular programming of either eliminating Black woman characters or stereotyping then in unflattering portrayals? That tells our young Black girls that they are less than others? That they are mean, etc?

Again, I think NOT.

If producers and the media want to eliminate Black actresses, or portray Black women and girls negatively, it’s time that we use our combined voices to eliminate them. Don’t support anyone or any entity that will not support you.

Send a clear message to Shonda Rhimes, Jenna Banns, Betsy Beers and the ABC network that you will not watch their shows or support any of their productions.


Contact ABC:
ABC, Inc.
500 S. Buena Vista Street
Burbank, CA 91521-4551
(818) 460-7477 (standard connection fees apply)
Online Submission Form for ABC:
http://abc.go.com/site/contact-us

Shonda Rhimes Hates Black Women

In this day and age of Michelle Obama and her beautiful daughters, who needs a Shonda Rhimes?

Yes, that’s right. The Shonda Rhimes in charge of creating “Grey’s Anatomy”, “Private Practice”, “Off the Map”, and a soon-to-be-produced movie based on the book “B*tch is the New Black”.

Producer Shonda Rhimes and (producers Jenna Banns, Betsy Beers) at ABC either refuse to portray Black women on their shows in the TV lineup - consistently eliminating them from roles, as in “Off the Map” - or continue to stereotype Black women as (arguably) successful, but dysfunctional with sterile roles, as in Grey’s Anatomy and, to a degree, Private Practice.

And although, yes, Ms. Rhimes is a Black woman, the typical pattern for her shows is to
1. systematically and completely exclude Black women, or
2. In the rare cases where Black women are portrayed, cast them as less-desirable than their non-Black counterparts (i.e. out-of-shape, harsh, mean, emotionally barren – feel free to pick your stereotype as Shonda Rhimes and her crew uses them all), unable to be involved in healthy relationships with any man, and definitely not a Black man.
At best, Ms. Rhimes and her crew may cast a Black woman as the “best friend” to a white or non-black cast member, as if that is some special compliment. At her worst, Black women are portrayed as “the b*tches” she wants America to believe them to be, stark and humorless.
Let’s hope that her upcoming movie based on “B*tch is the New Black” gets canned before production.
Black women of all shades look great, and are romantic, and sexy. And with so many struggling Black actresses looking for parts, I know she can find some beauties that fit the bill of smart, beautiful, friendly, and can play the "hot" roles, all rolled into one.
Who needs to support a Black woman who routinely eliminates us from the shows she produces, and thinks that the only time we’re worthy of portrayal is as b*tches? Who thinks that Black women, and Black women alone, are not worthy of portrayal in romantic relationships? Who thinks that an equally attractive Black woman should not be cast among equally attractive co-stars? Who is OK with producing a movie casting Black women with the gumption, discipline, and standards to become highly educated professionals, as b*tches? Obviously, in her self-hating mind, Black women are not of “the beautiful people”, thus we deserve to be marginalized, eliminated or maligned and scorned.

Do we want our daughters and the next generation of Black girls growing up believing that they are not as beautiful as anyone else? That the best they are is a b*tch? That they are less kind, intelligent, and sexy than other women on this planet? That they cannot be human and have days like everyone else when they are angry or frustrated or even feeling mean without being cast as a “B*tch”? That they have to trade in their standards and success for fear of being denigrated?

I think NOT.

So who needs a Shonda Rhimes? If this is the best she can do to portray Black women, then we certainly do not.

And who needs Jenna Banns, Betsy Beers or the ABC network?
Yes, that’s right, the ABC network. Who needs to support a TV network that has recently shown that it supports producers (such as those above) who would willingly eliminate Black women from its popular primetime programming altogether rather than show them in non-stereotypical roles? And yes, this is the same network that gained some of its highest ratings ever, gained millions of viewers - and millions of dollars – all because of the work of another Black woman, Oprah Winfrey.
So much for being appreciated.
Do we want Black women and girls believing that they can toil away to produce original material for a network only to then be completely written out of the script? That they should support a network that really wants to see them disappear? Who wants to benefit off of the media power of a Black woman, but not give the legions of young, beautiful Black actresses a chance to work and prove themselves? Who wants to keep up the status quo in popular programming of either eliminating Black woman characters or stereotyping then in unflattering portrayals? That tells our young Black girls that they are less than others? That they are mean, etc?
Again, I think NOT.

If producers and the media want to eliminate Black actresses, or portray Black women and girls negatively, it’s time that we use our combined voices to eliminate them. Don’t support anyone or any entity that will not support you.

Send a clear message to Shonda Rhimes, Jenna Banns, Betsy Beers and the ABC network that you will not watch their shows or support any of their productions.


Contact ABC:
ABC, Inc.
500 S. Buena Vista Street
Burbank, CA 91521-4551
(818) 460-7477 (standard connection fees apply)
Online Submission Form for ABC:
http://abc.go.com/site/contact-us

theblackactor.com

@ Shonda...

Thank you for sharing your point of view!

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CASTING CALL

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Must be able to play American diffident and radical politics character.

Further information.

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gilbert.kelly007@btinternet.com
+44(0)1672512695

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Okay. I'll permit this "casting call" to remain in the comments. LOL.

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