In recognition of Black History month in America, LIH wanted to focus on black actresses in Hollywood. After watching a documentary called America Beyond the Color Line by Henry Louis Gates Jr. we thought we explore how well black actresses are doing in Hollywood today? Does Hollywood still favor light over darker skinned toned actresses today? Can talent eradicate the color line?
Ten years ago Henry Louis Gates Jr. a Harvard professor interviewed actress Nia Long for the documentary America Beyond the Color Line. She stated Hollywood believes the lighter you are the less threatening you are to white audiences. Click here to see an interview with Gates about the documentary.
The above interview with Nia Long was a decade ago. Has Hollywood discrimination against dark actresses changed with the success of actress Viola Davis? Is talent more important than color? According to actor Denzel Washington he believes if black actresses want longevity in Hollywood then they need to have “acting chops” meaning they need to sing, dance and act. Please watch interview below.
Are there too many black actresses going after sex starlet roles or is that the only thing available to young actresses today? Do you think audiences have gotten over their aversion toward seeing dark actresses on screen today? What are your thoughts?