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Actress Terri Vaughn speaks with Essence on the roles for black women in Hollyweird:

All we’re asking is that Hollywood gives us a voice for all of our voices. Yes, we do have hoochies and I’m not denying that they are a part of our culture, but just like White women who might have images of trailer trash, supermodels and business execs, at least we get to see all of those images. Give us an opportunity to show all of who we are not just the small part that they feel safe and comfortable in showing. Many of the execs are white males but they don’t know our voice. I don’t expect them to know our voice, so they should listen and allow us to tell you. But don’t tell us that a particular image of us is not true because you aren’t familiar with that particular image and why would you be you’re not a Black woman. Hire more of us to put our stories out there to offer Hollywood a different view and teach them who we are. One way to combat it. We’re not saying they are bad and evil that’s not what we’re saying at all. We’re saying just listen to us. Let us entertain you with all of our isms.


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  • http://www.myspace.com/birdshu Bird

    Not sure what she is talking about. I don’t even see a lot of hoochie’s portrayed in movies thank God.

  • Dina

    She look like she got that fit from Forever 21.

  • http://mrspowell45225@yahoo.com Mia Powell

    Black American should start their own Hollywood and not depend on White American, because you all see that they don’t give us good show and movies only a couple like the one’s they make for Holly Berry or Mr Washington. So all you rich folks get together and get a black Hollywood please.

  • Southern Belle 225

    I agree! Hollywood, please listen

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  • Raven

    I don’t think that the problem is seeing hoochies and gangstas in Hollywood movies, it’s that they’re not depicted in a realistic way. It’s nice to see successful Black men and women on the screen nowadays but if Black writers are going to white-wash them as if they’re not Black, as if they’re not dealing with Black issues in relationships and in the workplace (“Two Can Play that Game), then those films are no better than the films written by white folks.

    Unless successful African-Americans actually don’t think they’re Black…

  • soulwoman

    I think Terri’s compliant should not only be with White america, but her own people as well. Alot of the movies sterotyping Blacks are produced, directed, etc. by Black folks. So…

  • I'm Just Me

    I am feeling this.

    There is a lot more to us to being hoochies and gold diggers.

    We have a mind and can use it to think Hollyweird.

  • I'm Just Me

    ^^^^then being

  • Just_Wanna_Know

    Awww, she looks really cute with a baby bump. And she looks really happy too. I have to agree with what she says. There are so many stories that could be told from our point of view but of course the white man just wants to show the ghetto hoochie side. Thats why we need to stop relying on ‘them’ to create projects. We need more Spike Lee’s and Oprahs to create their own projects and fund them. It can be done if we all pulled together but of course that will never happen.

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  • Harlem Chic

    This is the most used comment by black actors. Lack of diversity…waa. waa.waa.

    I UNDERSTAND her point but you can’t ask Hollywood for a handout. They have a vested interest in making movies that make PROFIT. Making movies about Black folks that work hard, love their black wives and kids will not make Hollywood money. Cause you can’t make white people give a shizz about us…and why should they?

    That’s why Black actors as well as all African-Americans have got to get that “handout syndrome” out of their dome pieces and do a “Tyler Perry”

    Plus…didn’t Oprah and Denzel put out “The Great Debater’s” ? It was a great film and it flopped…our own people don’t want to see movies unless it’s comedy (Madea) or Violence.

    Unfortunately it’s called “show business” because if there’s no business there’s no show. Until we put our money where our mouth’s are we’ll continue to experience the same five black actors and actresses in every damn urban movie…

  • Ugly in Los Angeles

    I concur Terri. You’re still a straight up “10” and looking very lovely with your pregnancy swagger. Damn. . .how much I wish I were your husband and baby’s father.

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  • amber86

    She looks beautiful. I do agree, however we as black folks don’t support our movies like we should. Most ppl rather wait and get it on bootleg. SMH!

  • http://www.thegoddess.blog-city.com The Goddess

    I agree with her. I’m also SO tired of blacks being portrayed in such a negative light all the time. I get tired of Hollywood focusing on the negative as if that’s all their is to the black community. Their are some phenomenal black actresses and I hate that we don’t get to see them portraying strong characters.

  • crazypants

    Hear, hear. Pride, Great Debaters, Devil in a Blue Dress, Spike Lee movies, etc. – where are you Black audience? Support gentle Black movies (so they’re succesful) and the studios will make more of them. Mainstream audiences see that these movies make decent box-office and will be more likely to give them a try – thus exposing them to more Black actors and the Black experience.

  • Raven

    Didn’t shows and films that depicted African-Americans in a somewhat realistic light

    earn a lot of money back in the day? “The Cosby Show” was a Number 1-rated show and Emmy-Award winning. “Malcolm X” grossed $50 million dollars domestically. What the heck happened in fifteen years? Someone explain the Tyler Perry phenomenon to me, pleeeeeeeeeease?

    Are Black people more ignorant to accept and even praise the Madea buffoonery now or more apathetic?





  • tj

    Also I think a Tyler Perry movie is way more damaging to the black collective psyche than something like boys in the Hood which was an intelligent film. It’s not the nature of the role that makes it sheer stupidity it’s the story telling. Black films these days are written on a fifth grade level.

    Also as far as this whole black representation thing. Black people you are off the plantation just because white people choose to evaluate blacks as a whole instead of seeing each one of us as individuals doesn’t mean we should join in. If somebody thinks all black people act a certain way because of what they saw on a film screen then they are racist. I don’t see white folks in hizzy because Jason and freddie cougar are white.

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  • ShavonDensie

    I agree with her 100% because she isnt taking the stance of, say Bill Cosby, and saying that anything that is “ghetto” is a disgarce, because thats false. What she is saying is that there are ghetto black people the same way there are white trash whites and all can be shown in hollywood, but, dont show just one side. I dont think shes asking for a handout but hollywood is a reflection of society. Society thinks that people like Lindsey Lohan and Paris Hilton are more interesting than Angela Bassett and Jada Pinkett; they also think that they’re more maketable. Society thinks that beauty is a cetain hair type, a certain weight, a certain complextion. I can name 50 white actors and actresses but can only name a handful of black ones off the top of my head. It sounds simple to say do it yourself, but the type of money it takes to make a film, pay the actors, and market it? Huh! Thats why independent films rarely make it big unless they are bought by a major studio. That’s damn near billionare status to have the money to do that and have a successfull film that you will make money back on. I guess you can get Cosby, Oprah Winfrey, and the Bob Johnson’s of the world to create their own Black studio but they have an old school vision so you know that you will never see any “Keylolo’s” represented. We need that. Cosby once said that the “Martin” show was “modern day cooning”. I know some people that act just like Shanayna. I will admit that some of the acting was over the top but so was some of Fred Sanford shows. The point is.. we need hollywood to help us convey different sides of US and we also need them to see the art in our movies even if they cant relate.

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