Black Hollywood’s Lady Stars Speak on Getting Quality Roles

February 25, 2011  |  

Lots of folks have been talking about the utter lack of brown faces in this year’s crop of Oscar nominees, others point out that there weren’t many Oscar-worthy roles to pick from in 2010.  That last bit was a source of conversation during the 4th Annual Essence Magazine Black Women in Hollywood Luncheon.

The Grio was there to ask pick the brains of the lovely ladies in attendance:

Emotion, as well as a certain casting reality ran high on Thursday, best expressed by Angela Bassett — “We grow not so much in isolation but in community…” and “it’s cold in Hollywood.” During the course of the event, Bassett and others expressed their dismay with the continued cold shoulder so many of these incredible actresses of color receive when it comes to procuring and securing work. Good parts, bad, indifferent. Jobs are scarce. It all comes down to the fact, very few of these actresses are offered the kinds of parts their peers are who aren’t women of color.

Check out the rest of the story on the Grio!

Do you think any black women deserved an Oscar for 2010 performances?

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