Halle? Don't think so%0D %0D Angela? Fat chance%0D %0D Tifah? Maybe%0D %0D Whoops? 1 morning gig gives you security, but it's over at noon and doesn't make you a busy person.%0D %0D Oprah? Not really an actress anymore%0D %0D Alfre? Maybe 10 years ago%0D %0D Vanessa? Maybe close 2nd%0D %0D My guess is Rere. As in Ms. King. %0D %0D Am I wrong?
Who''s the busiest black actress these days?
|by 227||reply 173||01/01/2014|
Taraji's pretty busy.
A shame about some of the other ladies you mention.
|by 227||reply 1||01/06/2011|
|by 227||reply 2||01/06/2011|
Isn't it obvious?
|by 227||reply 3||01/06/2011|
Taraji P Henson
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|by 227||reply 5||01/06/2011|
I definitely think Zoe is on her way to being the biggest earner (if she already isn't) but not necessarily the busiest.
|by 227||reply 6||01/06/2011|
S. Epatha Merkerson broke Michele Lee record as the longest running female character on TV.
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|by 227||reply 8||01/06/2011|
Zoe is latina.
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|by 227||reply 11||01/06/2011|
Bish, pls, we all know it's Madea.
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|by 227||reply 15||01/06/2011|
God, I thought the title said "ugliest".
|by 227||reply 16||01/06/2011|
And by black actress, you mean gay actor, correct?
|by 227||reply 17||01/06/2011|
The term is blacktress, not "black actress." Please stop using that. It wounds.
|by 227||reply 18||01/06/2011|
Latina is not a race. Zoe is a black latina, and yes she counts as a 'black actress'.
|by 227||reply 19||01/06/2011|
R10, Ms Khalil would cut you if she found out you insinuated she's black!
|by 227||reply 20||01/06/2011|
Loretta Devine is still very busy after all these years in the business. She is in most movies that involve more than one black person lol.
Vanessa Williams has also never hurt for work.
|by 227||reply 21||01/06/2011|
C.C.H. Pounder was everywhere for a while.
|by 227||reply 22||01/06/2011|
Julianne Moore. Seriously.
|by 227||reply 23||01/06/2011|
None of them are as big or busy as they should be. Angela Bassett should not be scrounging for work in Tyler Perry films. Vanessa Williams does TV work, despite being a big film star in the nineties. Regina King is good, but again, has been reduced to television. %0D %0D Zoe Saldana starred in two of the biggest films of 2009, yet Hollywood has no idea what to do with her. She should be as big as Bullock.%0D %0D Halle is supposedly oscar worthy in "Frankie and Alice" but since her first win was viewed by many as a joke, she will most likely never receive another nomination. %0D %0D
|by 227||reply 24||01/06/2011|
Well, I'm certainly busy keeping Will interested...
|by 227||reply 25||01/06/2011|
r9, Zoe is indeed of Dominican heritage, but in interviews she has repeatedly stated that she considers herself first and foremost a "black woman." In the interview I read she didn't mince around with African-American or "of color". She said black, plain and simple.
|by 227||reply 26||01/06/2011|
[quote]Regina King is good, but again, has been reduced to television%0D %0D It's not 1965 anymore, when only unemployed actors or aspiring New York theater luminaries did TV (well, with the exception of L&O:)%0D %0D Stars are no longer "reduced" to TV, especially when they can look forward to commanding $22 million a year after the 5th year of a hit run.%0D %0D I know, $22M is something they can command in one movie, but not for years at a time (almost ever!)
|by 227||reply 27||01/06/2011|
Three guesses, darlings, as to r27's true identity.
|by 227||reply 28||01/06/2011|
Oprah portrays a straight woman every day, in the longest running daytime drama.
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|by 227||reply 30||01/06/2011|
R24, Vanessa Williams had several film roles during the late 1990s, but she was never a big film star.
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|by 227||reply 32||01/06/2011|
I would disagree with Viola Davis if the OP meant "busiest" as high profile work.
Love her, she should have a movie star career.
I saw Taraji in an actors' roundtable, and she struck me as someone who trusts people around her more than she should.
|by 227||reply 33||01/06/2011|
Anika Noni Rose seems to be doing pretty well these days.%0D %0D [quote]Halle is supposedly oscar worthy in "Frankie and Alice" but since her first win was viewed by many as a joke, she will most likely never receive another nomination.%0D %0D The two things that irritate me most about this (very accurate) statement are the fact that (a) Halle's win is considered a joke even though many film critics did indeed say she gave the best performance by an actress that year (including Roger Ebert, who flat-out said on his TV show that Halle deserved to win the Best Actress Oscar); and (b) her win seemed to be less dismissed by whites as it was by blacks (many of whom felt that that honor of being the first black actress winner should have gone to Whoopi or Angela instead), so I don't think it's just racism going against Halle but rather an overall lack of respect for her craft -- i.e., the feeling that she's just another pretty face with nothing else of merit to offer (though in fairness, she does have as much talent as several of her equally-successful contemporaries, Reese, Keira and J-Aniston among them).
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s/b "less dismissed by whites THAN it was by blacks"
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[quote]since her first win was viewed by many as a joke,%0D %0D %0D I don't know who these "many" are, but in my social and professional circles (I'm in the entertainment business), her win was considered monumental, historical, and well deserved.%0D %0D Only later did some sour grapes start popping up which said less about Halle Berry than they did about the instigators.
|by 227||reply 36||01/07/2011|
Zoe Saldana is the bushiest blacktresss of them all!
Er, BUSIEST! I mean busiest!
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|by 227||reply 38||01/07/2011|
Vivica A. Fox?
|by 227||reply 39||01/07/2011|
'Introducing Dorothy Dandridge' (even though it was not accurate) should have been released in theaters so Halle could have won for it, instead of fucking Monster's Ball.
|by 227||reply 40||01/07/2011|
She's a mediocre actress no matter what you put her in.
|by 227||reply 41||01/07/2011|
I'd say, Thandie Newton.%0D %0D In the past ten years, she's been in 15 films, from Mission Impossible II to Colored Girls, and has done TV work in between, from ER to voice work on American Dad.
|by 227||reply 42||01/07/2011|
I hope Zoe's acting skills have improved since Center Stage.
|by 227||reply 43||01/07/2011|
The booty shakers in music videos. Sadly. They're busy as hell.
Viola Davis SHOULD be, she's a fucking brilliant actor.
|by 227||reply 44||01/07/2011|
I'd have to say it's Zoe by a mile. Was just commenting the other day that it seemed like she was in pretty much everything.
I was checking out her imdb, I'd almost forgotten she was in the original Pirates of the Caribbean too. By the time she does Star Trek sequels and Avatar sequels in addition to every thing else, I'd say she'll probably hold the title for the foreseeable future.
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Thandie Newton is British; does that make a difference?
Are we talking American blacktresses, or any blacktresses?
Well, since Zoe Saldana is Dominican, I guess we're talking international blacktresses.
If that's the case, what about that black English actress who was on DOCTOR WHO and now is on LAW & ORDER: UK?
|by 227||reply 46||01/07/2011|
Another vote for it being Thandie Newton. Queen Latifah is another possibility.
|by 227||reply 47||01/07/2011|
Uhm, Zoe is latina, not black.
|by 227||reply 48||01/07/2011|
[quote] hope Zoe's acting skills have improved since Center Stage%0D %0D OMG, I LOVE that movie!
|by 227||reply 49||01/07/2011|
People forget Thandie's spectacular performance opposite Kidman in "Flirting". Kidman was wonderful as well, but of course Kidman as a white actress went on to glory while Thandie is still on the fringe.
|by 227||reply 50||01/07/2011|
What about Rosario Dawson? I thought she gave a great performance in RENT. She also seems to work quite a bit but still has not found that breakthrough role.%0D %0D Did anyone mention Gina Torres?
|by 227||reply 51||01/08/2011|
Um, r48, read the thread. Your invalid point has been addressed already. We're talking about race, not nationality or ethnic origin. There are 4 races globally.%0D %0D Though maybe asking you to read is a stretch - your eyesight cannot be that good, if you think Zoe is Caucasian.
|by 227||reply 52||01/08/2011|
I don't think Zoe Saldana is particularly talented or attractive. Same with Rosario Dawson. Don't understand why they keep geting work.
|by 227||reply 53||01/08/2011|
[quote]Vivica A. Fox
If gospel plays count
|by 227||reply 54||01/08/2011|
[quote] Oprah? Not really an actress anymore%0D %0D %0D Anymore? ANYMORE? You mean never WAS.%0D %0D You meant to say just "not really an actress."%0D %0D
|by 227||reply 55||01/08/2011|
Kerry Washington has a busier and more varied career than most of the women mentioned. Halle is a glamour girl and Zoe is very close to being typecast in "tough chick" roles.
Kerry does very interesting (if underseen) dramatic work, and its only a matter of time before she gets the right role in an A-List project that leads to Oscar attention.
And she's got the beauty endorsements as well. Younger than Halle and Taraji, and more versatile than Zoe.
I think she really is Halle's heir apparent.
And I'm NOT her publicist, just a big fan.
But she should think twice before hitting Broadway again, though.
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Yall think I look good?
|by 227||reply 57||01/08/2011|
[quote] But she should think twice before hitting Broadway again, though.
Right - because she really can't act.
|by 227||reply 58||01/08/2011|
That's all fine and dandy, but I had to google Kerry Washington to find out who the hell she was. %0D %0D And I'm still not sure.%0D %0D I swear I don't live under a rock. Even if I were to be having an idiot moment, shouldn't the busiest blacktress be immediately recognizable?
|by 227||reply 59||01/08/2011|
Not joking here - Marla Gibbs has a LOT of irons in the fire. I am in the business and know this for a fact.
|by 227||reply 60||01/08/2011|
r60 I believe you, she has always been a really industrious woman.
|by 227||reply 61||01/08/2011|
"Angela Bassett should not be scrounging for work in Tyler Perry films."
Why doesn't Angela get better roles? Is she difficult to work with?
|by 227||reply 62||01/11/2011|
[quote]Halle is supposedly oscar worthy in "Frankie and Alice" but since her first win was viewed by many as a joke, she will most likely never receive another nomination.
No she's not. The movie sat on a shelf for two years for good reason. It's a piece of shit.
[quote]Viola Davis SHOULD be, she's a fucking brilliant actor.
Davis, Henson, and Woodard are excellent character actresses. Woodard will work until she's 100.
[quote]Vivica A. Fox?
Fox ruined herself with bad plastic surgery and now takes anything and everything that is offered to her.
|by 227||reply 63||01/11/2011|
Annicka Noni Rose should be the busiest. She always gives a true but subtle performance. She's pretty but rarely glams it up. Thandie is vastly over-rated and I don't think she indentifies as black but rather british bi-racial. She has said she has nothing in common with african-americans.
|by 227||reply 64||01/11/2011|
Sanaa Lathan should be the busiest. She comes off so natural in every role and her sexiness is off the charts. I've loved her since Love & Basketball. I was even able to get through an entire movie with Matthew Broderick (whom I loathe) just to see Sanaa.
|by 227||reply 65||01/11/2011|
I haven't seen Sanaa Lathan since that movie she was in with Simon Baker.
|by 227||reply 66||01/11/2011|
Sanaa did "A Raisin in the Sun" with Diddy and Phylicia Rashad on ABC two years after the Simon Baker movie.
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|by 227||reply 68||01/11/2011|
Hands down....Michelle Obama
|by 227||reply 69||01/11/2011|
2011 Roles %0D %0D Viola Davis has two high-profile film releases this year: THE HELP in August and EXTREMELY LOUD AND INCREDIBLY CLOSE.%0D %0D Angela Bassett is working more, too. She has JUMPING THE BROOM in May and THE GREEN LANTERN in June. %0D %0D Paula Patton has JUMPING THE BROOM and MISSION IMPOSSIBLE: GHOST PROTOCOL. %0D %0D Halle Berry has DARK TIDE and NEW YEAR'S EVE.%0D %0D Loretta Devine continues to be cast in a lot of supporting roles in film and television. She's probably the busiest.%0D %0D %0D A good number of black actresses are heading to television for meaty roles.%0D %0D Kerry Washington, Gabrielle Union, Taraji P. Henson, and Robin Givens have starred in pilots for the 2011-2012 television season.
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Setting aside who is busiest, who is everyone's favorite blacktress?
|by 227||reply 71||04/25/2011|
Zoe is latina.%0D %0D lol Zoe is as dark as me. %0D %0D Shes Black.
|by 227||reply 72||04/25/2011|
The term is blacktress, not "black actress." Please stop using that. It wounds.%0D %0D That is beyound Ghetto.
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someone mentioned Kerry Washington. Hoo boy, good think she had cheek implants, rhinoplasty, a weave, I mean *everything* under the sun done to her, because otherwise she would be a nobody.
Kind of like Halle would have been a nobody without everything done.
And to throw a white actress in there Angelina would have been a nobody without cheeks, lips, nose, everything done either.
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I would say Loretta Devine too. Or Vanessa Williams. Both always have something out.
I hope Robin Givens gets a good role soon. She is might be a bitch, but she is a criminally underrated actress.
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That Pine Sol chick.
|by 227||reply 77||04/25/2011|
I never thought very much of Robin Givens, except for her part on "Head of the Class"
|by 227||reply 78||04/25/2011|
Anna Devane Smith is my favorite right now. Love her in Nurse Jackie.
|by 227||reply 79||04/25/2011|
I went to the IMDB page of numerous actresses, Raven Symone, Thandie Newton, Halle Berry, etc.
Busiest does seem to be Halle Berry with 4 things in pre or post production.
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Gabrielle Union is swamped with make-up ads.
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Gabrielle Union is a homewrecker!
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There are far more talented black actresses than Gabrielle Union, but she never seems to be without a film or TV role. %0D %0D She's "safe" because she is pretty much a black Barbie doll and not "ghetto". She's the longest-running NEUTROGENA spokesmodel and the only black one.%0D %0D Every year, one of her TV projects fails, and every year she is hired for a new TV show. It's like she's white.%0D %0D Unlike the more talented black actresses, she has a high profile on black blogs because she's been dating NBA supertar Dwyane Wade, who plays for the Miami Heat. Their relationship is controversial.%0D %0D --------------------------------%0D %0D 2012 Think Like a Man (pre-production) %0D %0D 2012 Good Deeds (filming) %0D Natalie %0D %0D 2012 Family Tree (post-production) %0D %0D 2011 Miss Dial (post-production) %0D Long Story Caller %0D %0D 2011 Little in Common (TV movie) (completed) %0D Brooke Burleson %0D %0D 2011 NTSF:SD:SUV (TV series) %0D Sandy Canyons %0D %E2%80%93 Mexican Space Shuttle (2011) %E2%80%A6 Sandy Canyons %0D %0D 2010 Army Wives (TV series) %0D %E2%80%93 Murder in Charleston (2010) %0D %0D 2009-2010 FlashForward (TV series) %0D Zoey Andata %0D %E2%80%93 Countdown (2010) %E2%80%A6 Zoey Andata %0D %E2%80%93 The Negotiation (2010) %E2%80%A6 Zoey Andata %0D %E2%80%93 The Garden of Forking Paths (2010) %E2%80%A6 Zoey Andata %0D %E2%80%93 Let No Man Put Asunder (2010) %E2%80%A6 Zoey Andata %0D %E2%80%93 Blowback (2010) %E2%80%A6 Zoey Andata %0D See all 9 episodes %C2%BB %0D %0D 2009 Life (TV series) %0D Jane Seever %0D %E2%80%93 One (2009) %E2%80%A6 Jane Seever %0D %E2%80%93 Initiative 38 (2009) %E2%80%A6 Jane Seever %0D %E2%80%93 5 Quarts (2009) %E2%80%A6 Jane Seever %0D %E2%80%93 3 Women (2009) %E2%80%A6 Jane Seever %0D %0D 2009 Body Politic (TV movie) %0D Jessica Sharp %0D %0D 2008 Cadillac Records %0D Geneva Wade %0D %0D 2008 Ugly Betty (TV series) %0D Renee Slater %0D %E2%80%93 Burning Questions (2008) %E2%80%A6 Renee Slater %0D %E2%80%93 Twenty-Four Candles (2008) %E2%80%A6 Renee Slater %0D %E2%80%93 A Thousand Words by Friday (2008) %E2%80%A6 Renee Slater %0D %0D 2008 Meet Dave %0D No. 3 - Cultural Officer %0D %0D 2007 The Perfect Holiday %0D Nancy %0D %0D 2007/II The Box %0D Det. Cris Romano %0D %0D 2007 Daddy's Little Girls %0D Julia %0D %0D 2007 Football Wives (TV movie) %0D Chardonnay Lane %0D %0D 2006 Running with Scissors %0D Dorothy %0D %0D 2005-2006 Night Stalker (TV series) %0D Perri Reed %0D %E2%80%93 What's the Frequency, Kolchak? (2006) %E2%80%A6 Perri Reed %0D %E2%80%93 Timeless (2006) %E2%80%A6 Perri Reed %0D %E2%80%93 Into Night (2006) %E2%80%A6 Perri Reed %0D %E2%80%93 The Sea (2006) %E2%80%A6 Perri Reed %0D %E2%80%93 The Source (2005) %E2%80%A6 Perri Reed %0D See all 10 episodes %C2%BB %0D
|by 227||reply 83||07/18/2011|
How about Zoe Saldana?
|by 227||reply 84||07/18/2011|
Uhm, Zoe is latina, not black.
This thread is lumping actresses together based on the color of their skin. Black = not white skin.
So, Jennifer Lopez is yellow right?
|by 227||reply 85||07/18/2011|
Loretta Devine owns this thread gosh darnit. %0D %0D Owns it. %0D %0D She is so busy that she is currently subletting this thread to young Miss Thandie Newton. That is how busy she is gosh darnit. %0D %0D %0D %0D
|by 227||reply 86||07/18/2011|
Jennifer Hudson's been pretty busy acting like she didn't have gastric bypass.
|by 227||reply 87||07/18/2011|
[quote]Uhm, Zoe is latina, not black.
Uhm, Zoe identifies as black and Latina.
|by 227||reply 88||07/18/2011|
R71: even though your use of the word "blacktress" is improper, you ask an interesting question about favorite actress.
I've long admired Alfre Woodard's work (back to her Hill Street Blues Emmy-winning performance). She's done solid, quality work for over three decades. She's a damned good actress, period -- regardless of her level of melanin.
I'm also a fan of Viola Davis. I saw her first in college theater productions in Providence (my dad was on faculty at Rhode Island College). I knew that she was destined for bigger things than that commuter school. Of course, I did not know that she would win two Tonys and get an Oscar nomination before age 45.
|by 227||reply 89||07/18/2011|
Zoe Saldana-Zoe grew up in Jersey%0D Kerry%0D Tarji%0D Queen Latifah %0D Naomie Harris%0D Zoe Kravitz-she,Zoe S Kerry Washington have it on lock right now. Followed by Taraji and Naomie Harris who has tons of potential. She keeps getting signed to big budget films. She's been actng a while now. %0D %0D Thandie Newton%0D Angela Basset%0D Viola Davis%0D Loretta Devine%0D Halle%0D %0D It seems both Zoes,Kerry,Thandie and Taraji are some of the busiest in the business as far as females period. %0D %0D For Viola,Angela and Halle. For being older women they still get good roles. All are very particular about what they accept. %0D %0D Loretta keeps it busy but, is still underated. %0D %0D Queen Latifah is behind the scenes directing. So is Jada-Pinkett Smith. Still stays busy.
|by 227||reply 90||07/18/2011|
Gabrielle Union has been working straight for 17 years straight in Hollywood. She also has a degree in marine biology. Plus she still is the first black women to have a contract with nutrogena. She is not starving for money or roles.%0D %0D Zoe Saldana is black/latin women. She refers to herself as a black women. She also has stated she is a Latina. Like Gina Torres,Celia Cruz etc. They are Afro-Latino.
|by 227||reply 91||07/18/2011|
Sharon Leal%0D Tasha Smith
|by 227||reply 92||07/18/2011|
Angela Bassett is so gorgeous, and talented. I wonder why she doesn't get more roles. It doesn't make sense.
|by 227||reply 93||07/18/2011|
Angela is also 53 years old. If white actresses that age are having difficulty finding good roles, imagine being a black actress in Hollywood in this day and age.%0D %0D Not all is bad for Ms. Bassett. She just signed on (replacing Halle Berry) to co-star on Broadway, this fall in THE MOUNTAINTOP with Samuel L. Jackson.
|by 227||reply 94||07/18/2011|
In the 1990s, Nia Long was the busiest black actress. Now, she barely works.
|by 227||reply 95||07/19/2011|
Loretta Devine is not just a fine actress but she's also a total pro and her reputation is one of the best in the business. Repeat business and lots of new business through word of mouth. That's how you stay in show business.
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Angela also has children and a hubby. I don't think she is struggling. I think it's by choice and what works best for her. Ms. Loretta is truly gifted. %0D %0D I've heard Nia barely works because she is a whiner and bad mouthed Halle Berry. That could all be lies. I think Nia is a good actress. Maybe there is choices behind her decisions.%0D %0D Sanaa Lathan works steadily as well.
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|by 227||reply 98||07/20/2011|
Viola Davis is supposed to be great in The Help
|by 227||reply 99||07/20/2011|
[quote]I don't think Zoe Saldana is particularly talented or attractive. Same with Rosario Dawson. Don't understand why they keep geting work.
Agree. I think Dawson is less talented between the two (if that's possible). I remember Saldana in an episode of PUNK'D. My god, what trash.
|by 227||reply 100||07/20/2011|
r95, does she have to act to her death bed? Maybe she got tired.
|by 227||reply 101||07/20/2011|
r101, her death bed? Nia is in her early 40s and never said that she planned to retire any time soon.
|by 227||reply 102||07/24/2011|
Tisha Campbell is on a new show called The Protector, I like it.
|by 227||reply 103||07/24/2011|
Obviously - THIS one.
|by 227||reply 104||07/24/2011|
Viola is brilliant%0D %0D Still hoping for Sanaa and Kerry%0D %0D Loretta is technically the busiest%0D %0D Regina got robbed for the Emmy%0D %0D Gabrielle should be in a "Mad About You" type of sitcom%0D %0D Given up on Vivica%0D %0D Guess Monique is content doing a talk show%0D %0D
|by 227||reply 105||07/24/2011|
No black actress is that busy in 2012...
|by 227||reply 106||01/03/2012|
No mention of Marianne Jean(nne) Baptiste?
|by 227||reply 107||01/03/2012|
13 years ago, Nia Long and Vivica A. Fox would have been the stars of "Think Like A Man".
I think that Gabrielle Union "took" Nia Long's career, and Taraji P. Henson "took" Vivica A. Fox's career.
|by 227||reply 108||05/02/2012|
My favorite blacktress is Taraji P. Henson.
|by 227||reply 109||05/02/2012|
What about that heffalump that was in Precious? She was on that Andy Cohen show recently and she might be doing some other stuff.
|by 227||reply 110||05/02/2012|
R110, Gabourey Sidibe is not THAT busy.
|by 227||reply 111||05/06/2012|
As long as Thandie Newton disappears, I don't care. THANDIE MUST BE DETROYED.
|by 227||reply 112||05/06/2012|
I KNOW you heffas didn't forget about me! I'm an Academy Award winner, motherfuckers.
|by 227||reply 113||05/06/2012|
Arnold Schwarzenegger hand-picked Vanessa Williams to costar in the film they did together—which was very good. Too bad she didn't get more high profile feature work like that; her talents have been underused in sad fare like Ugly Betty, IMO.
Thandie is very plugged-in politically. Her longtime association with Nicole paid off very well with Tom Cruise and other Hollywood connections. Absolutely overrated, as someone else pointed out.
What needs to happen immediately: A remake of "Lady Sings the Blues" with IRENE CARA as Billie. Irene's career was derailed by some nasty litigation with some heavies in the music biz years ago, but she's far too young and much too talented to be retired down in Florida. Anyone who remembers her work in the original "Fame" would love to see her working again.
|by 227||reply 114||05/06/2012|
The actors in the successful #1 film "Think Like a Man" will continue to be relegated to second-tier parts in television and third/fourth-tier parts in movies...if they're lucky. Meanwhile, Emily Blunt, Keira Knightley, Jason Segel, Jennifer Anistion, etc. get chance after chance, flop after flop to become movie stars. Gotta love it.
|by 227||reply 115||05/06/2012|
Don't mean to hijack, but who do you think should play Storm in still another X-Men reboot? (assuming the reboot is the kick ass African goddess verison of Storm, not Halle Berry in a bad wig - wrong thread - hanging off a wire)
|by 227||reply 116||05/06/2012|
Garcelle Beauvais is another one that could have had a massive career if it wasn't for the way Hollywood works. Her claim to fame is still the Jamie Foxx Show after all these years!! I hope a great role finds her one day. Now she is too busy being a mom and divorcing her husband.
|by 227||reply 117||05/06/2012|
Look out bitches - I'm gorgeous, brilliant and I am NOT my mother.
|by 227||reply 118||05/06/2012|
Taraji, Viola, Keri, Alfre, and Loretta will never hurt for work. Phylicia Rashad's career has picked up quite a bit in the last 5-6 years
[quote]Garcelle Beauvais is another one that could have had a massive career if it wasn't for the way Hollywood works. Her claim to fame is still the Jamie Foxx Show after all these years!! I hope a great role finds her one day. Now she is too busy being a mom and divorcing her husband.
Very beautiful,okay but not great as an actress.
Vivica Fox must spend just about every penny she earns because she takes anything and everything that is offered to her from a guest shot on a TV show, a low budget tv movie, a decent theatrical film, to a crummy reality show hosting gig.
Queen Latifah to a lesser extent has done the same and is dangerously approaching Whoopi Goldberg territory as far as doing doing one or two good roles then taking a lot of "for the paycheck only" parts.
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r119 I dont believe that about Queen Latifah. Lesbians are generally good with their money, very frugal. She doesnt live that flashy lifestyle. And she will always have work if their are awards shows to be hosted.
Vivica Fox on the gospel play circuit right about now.
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The only place Gabby Sidoube is busy is at a Golden Corral.
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latifah has endorsements - she is a commercial entity and has a lot of money.
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R116, Janet Jackson was initially the one the director wanted for Storm, but she was busy touring at the time. Angela Bassett was also supposed to be in the running, but the part, as history shows, ended up going to Halle.
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As others have noted, Loretta Devine. Maybe not always doing the most interesting or high profile work, but she's always working. Seriously.cc
|by 227||reply 124||05/06/2012|
[quote]And she will always have work if their are awards shows to be hosted.
And like r122 QL has a lot of checks coming in
|by 227||reply 125||05/06/2012|
My question is, who's the BUSHIEST black actress these days?
|by 227||reply 126||05/06/2012|
R121, I laughed, and it's such a stupid and obvious joke. But, I laughed. I think it was because of the specificity of "Golden Corral" not just "the only thing she's busy at is eating."
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The great part is that most of the black actresses still look lovely in their 30s and 40s whereas most of the white actresses have to remove their wrinkles with Botox and fillers.
|by 227||reply 128||06/11/2012|
But, that doesn't get them any more work, R128. Granted, most white actresses, or actresses of any race don't get much work.
|by 227||reply 129||06/11/2012|
Kerry Washington is the lead--not co-lead, the lead--of a network series. That's got to be keeping her plenty busy. And I bet she books lots of films from the exposure, as well.
|by 227||reply 130||06/11/2012|
It's really quite pathetic that Hollywood ignores very attractive black actresses in favor of bland white actresses!
|by 227||reply 131||10/08/2012|
I think Loretta Devine just truly owns this thread. No doubt about it. I am linking to her imdb listing.
Condola Rashad is soon to be an actress to watch if you were to ask me. She is really good in theatre and has also done t.v. and such as well. Maybe one day she will sublet this thread from Loretta Devine.
|by 227||reply 132||10/08/2012|
Black actresses aren't usually going to be cast in the love interest role of a mainstream studio movie. That is what a large percentage of the roles available to working actresses are. Therefore it becomes very tough being a black actress, it always has been and sadly will continue to be so.
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You said it #133 and that is the reason, I think, that Mindy Kaling is using her power to give herself handsome White guy love interests. She isn't Black but she is dark skinned and she is making a statement.
|by 227||reply 134||10/08/2012|
r133--Hollywood is portrayed by right-wing media, but in many ways it is MORE conservative than many conservative pundits out there in its portrayals of interracial dating, gay relationships etc. I doubt that many Americans of any political stripe would not go and see a film if Sanaa Lathan was the love interest of Alex O'Loughlin.
|by 227||reply 135||10/08/2012|
OP, did you mean who is the BUSIEST black actress or who is the BUSHIEST black actress?
|by 227||reply 136||10/08/2012|
And r134, Mindy's determination to show herself as attractive to the bland white guy love interests on that show is deeply problematic. Good show, though.
|by 227||reply 137||10/08/2012|
R133 is correct. Hollywood is very racist when it comes to casting.
R135, some white women HATE it when black actresses are cast as love interests opposite white actors. On television shows, the female fans detest black women / white men pairings. The black actresses usually is called horrible names, petitions are started for her to be killed off, etc.
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|by 227||reply 139||10/08/2012|
The current success of television's "SCANDAL" and Oscar-winning "DJANGO UNCHAINED" *should* result in Kerry Washington garnering top film roles, but it won't. She only has time to star in one film during the series' summer hiatus.
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|by 227||reply 141||03/12/2013|
Zoe "I'm not Black" Saldananana
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|by 227||reply 143||03/12/2013|
r134 While your post wasn't intentionally offensive, I must say your statement was troubling. I don't think minority women should seek validation through white men. Being paired up with and Indian, east asian, or black male actor is just as good as a white actor.
|by 227||reply 144||03/12/2013|
Actually a lot of the busiest black actresses are in minor supporting roles. CC Pounder and Loretta Devine get LOTS of work. But it is never major roles/leading roles.
Of the black actresses that get prominent roles it is basically Kerry Washington and Zoe Saldana.
|by 227||reply 145||03/12/2013|
r 142 Zoe Saldana has never denied being black. People are just angry that she is black latina rather than black american.
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|by 227||reply 147||03/12/2013|
I know who it is for white actresses: Madonna!
|by 227||reply 148||03/12/2013|
Zoe Saldana and Kerry Washington are both Black Americans of Caribbean descent. Saldana is Dominican and Puerto Rican, and Washington is Jamaican. They both have very diverse ethnic ancestry like most Black Americans.
|by 227||reply 149||03/12/2013|
Were Zoe and Kerry even born in the US?
|by 227||reply 150||03/12/2013|
Kerry was born in the Bronx.
|by 227||reply 151||03/12/2013|
r150 Yes they were both born and raised in the USA. Kerry has a black american father--- it is just her mother that is black Jamaican.
|by 227||reply 152||03/12/2013|
r146, no. Some people are angry because Saldana told all black actresses to stop complaining and get off of their lazy butts. She WISHES she were on the same level as Bassett, Rashad, Woodard, Henson, Queen, Davis, can keep going. Her goal is to win an Oscar not to provide exceptional and quality performances for audiences.
|by 227||reply 153||03/12/2013|
I can tell you who it should be, bitches!
|by 227||reply 154||03/12/2013|
Zoe is a very bad actress.
She is very bland, quite boring,
|by 227||reply 155||03/12/2013|
I can't stand Zoe Saldana. For someone who's distancing herself from Black culture, I wish she'd shown the same disdain for the Nina Simone biopic and not foisted herself on that when there are many, better black actresses like Viola Davis who would have nailed Nina.
|by 227||reply 156||03/13/2013|
Zoe Saldana has not distanced herself from black culture.
|by 227||reply 157||03/13/2013|
Vivica Fox does something every year, but I wouldn't call her busy.
|by 227||reply 158||03/13/2013|
r153 I agree. She has made a lot of stupid and offensive statements about race and black people. I hope she doesn't believe it and simply was doing it so that she doesn't get on the bad side of white Hollywood. If she believes it, she thinks simply because SHE gets work, it is easy for other black actresses.
|by 227||reply 159||03/13/2013|
r156 How has Zoe Saldana distanced herself from black culture? She was in the us remake of "death at a funeral" in which most of the cast was black. She also was in "drumline
She has never denied being black. Should she do a black romantic comedy for people to stop with the accusations.
I don't like her comments about black actresses being lazy as an excuse at why they aren't hired. Neither her not dropping out of the Nina Simone movie after accusations of colorism-- but she hasn't distanced herself from being black.
|by 227||reply 160||03/13/2013|
Exactly r159, she lets it be known first that she is a Latina.
|by 227||reply 161||03/13/2013|
r161 Being Latina and being black is NOT mutually exclusive. Her parents are from Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic--- but she is STILL BLACK. She has never denied the obvious.
|by 227||reply 162||03/14/2013|
I find strange that Mariah Carey and Halle Berry (both with white parents) relate more to being Black than Zoe Saldanana who is obviously Black.
|by 227||reply 163||03/14/2013|
My favorite blacktress is Roxxxy Andrews.
|by 227||reply 164||03/14/2013|
r163 What has Zoe done that makes you think she doesn't identify with being black?? Is it because she dates white men? If so how do you feel about black men that only date white women. Are they white wannabes.
|by 227||reply 165||03/14/2013|
R165 Nobody has mentioned anything about "white wannabes"
The discussion is about how Zoe Saldana has publicily stated that she is not black
|by 227||reply 166||03/14/2013|
r166 She graced the cover of Essence and ebony magazine. She corrected a journalist when they told her she was "brown" and not black. Zoe has never denied being a black latina. Are you trolling??
|by 227||reply 167||03/14/2013|
That is incorrect, R166.
Before "Star Trek" and "Avatar", Zoe Saldana clearly stated that she was a black Latina.
[bold]“When I go to the D.R., the press in Santo Domingo always asks, “¿Qué te consideras, dominicana o americana?” (What do you consider yourself, Dominican or American?) I don’t understand it, and it’s the same people asking the same question. So I say, time and time again, “Yo soy una mujer negra.” (“I am a black woman.”) [They go,] “Oh, no, tú eres trigueñita.” (“Oh no, you are ‘dark skinned’”) I’m like, “No! Let’s get it straight, yo soy una mujer negra.” (“I am a black woman).”[/bold]
In an interview two weeks ago, she once again identified as a black Latina.
You are either ill-informed or making up things.
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|by 227||reply 169||03/14/2013|
Thank you R168, I've never seen Zoe act ashamed of the fact that she is black.
I do agree though that she isn't the best actress, not terrible, but pretty mediocre.
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|by 227||reply 171||03/14/2013|
SR171 ...Snooki is neither an actress nor black.
You fucking need glasses.
|by 227||reply 172||03/14/2013|
I think the snooki thing was a joke
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