“Do You Have Anything More Soulful?” Angela Robinson On The Limitations Of Being Black In Theater
We’re not sure if you know this but before Angela Robinson landed the role of Veronica on Tyler Perry’s The Haves and the Have Nots, she was a theater actress. In fact, she actually played Shug Avery in The Color Purple alongside Fantasia which is also the first time she met Oprah, who’s now apart of her career for the second time.
Having been in the entertainment business for so long, we asked Robinson what her experience has been as a Black woman, and though she shared she hasn’t necessarily dealt with blatant racism, she is aware of the limitations put on her because of her color. For instance, she said every time she tries out for Les Miserable, she’s asked, “Do you have anything more soulful?” pointing out how that perception has limited the type of theater she’s been able to do.
Check out our full interview with Robinson as she talks about the success of The Haves and the Have Nots, working with Oprah, and being stopped on the street and scolded for not appreciating her (TV) spouse when she’s with her real husband of 20 years.