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‘T’ Magazine Gathered 7 Bomb Black Actresses And - Naturally - Fabulousness Ensued

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NY Times’ “T” magazine pays homage to 7 esteemed black actresses that are paving the way for the next generation of black actresses to come. Go inside to see their fabulous flicks, witness their sisterhood and more inside…


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Hollywood has always been a mercurial experiment, with white men holding the reins of power, making progress, inclusion and diversity at best a seasonal proposition. Almost 20 years on, @HalleBerry remains the only African-American woman to win a best actress Oscar. And yet there is an increasing sense that it is the Academy that is behind the times. We are living in an age in which some of our greatest, most successful actors are black women, near 50 or older, veterans who have fought against an industry that for much of its history would have rather ignored them. Some of them, like @TarajiPHenson and Berry, began with bit parts on TV. Others, like @ViolaDavis, who got her start in the theater, or Mary J. Blige (@therealmaryjblige), who had almost 10 years of hit singles to her name before being cast in her first film role, came to cinema later in their careers. Click the link in our bio for @BrianKeithJackson's full story on the esteemed black actresses who finally have the spotlight. Pictured: #TarajiPHenson, #MaryJBlige, #AngelaBassett (@im.angelabassett), #LynnWhitfield (@mslynnwhitfield), @HalleBerry and #KimberlyElise (@ikimberlyelise) photographed by Mickalene Thomas (@mickalenethomas) and @RacquelChevremont, styled by Shiona Turini (@shionat). #TCultureIssue

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Putting some RESPECK (no typo) on their names!

NYTimes’ “T” magazine gathered 7 bomb black actresses to give them the praise they so rightfully deserve. The magazine rounded up esteemed actresses Halle Berry (the first black woman to win a best actress Academy Award), Angela Bassett, Lynn Whitfield, Taraji P. Henson, Kimberly Elise, and Mary J. Blige for a group portrait to be featured in their Culture Issue. The Hollywood veterans talked about their trials and tribulations in the industry and how their hard work eventually thrusted them in the limelight. Viola Davis was also in the mix, although, she’s not featured in the group shot.

Black actresses have long been overlooked by Hollywood as if they’re invisible, but it’s their time to shine now and boy are they SHINING!


”We are living in an age in which some of our greatest, most successful actors are black women, near 50 or older, veterans who have fought against an industry that for much of its history would have rather ignored them,” the magazine writes.

African-American actresses are no longer just scooping up supporting roles, they’re leading blockbuster films and popular TV shows like some female bosses. Our leading ladies of today made sure to pay homage to the trailblazers that came before them that paved the way for them.

When money for projects with black casts dried up in Hollywood by the end of the ’90s, these actresses carried on, forced to look farther down the thoroughfare than merely the steps they could see. To be a black woman in Hollywood is to have to be steadfast in the pursuit of one’s craft, in the search for basic opportunities. They have had to toil through the intricacies of a doubly marginalized existence — being black and being a woman — and have rarely been allowed to fully extol the complexities of their truth for the screen.

THIS HAS BEEN the historical situation for women of color in Hollywood, all of whom are cupped in the palms of mighty forebears. There was Hattie McDaniel, the first African-American to win an Academy Award, for her role as “Mammy” in “Gone With the Wind” (1939). Then there was the singer and actress Lena Horne of “Stormy Weather” and “Cabin in the Sky,” both from 1943 and early exceptions in mainstream Hollywood as popular films with black casts. Or Diahann Carroll, the star of the sitcom “Julia” (1968-71), the first black woman to lead a network series. And of course, there’s Dorothy Dandridge, the first black woman nominated for a best actress Oscar for her role in 1954’s “Carmen Jones,” a woman presciently portrayed by Berry in a 1999 biopic, and Cicely Tyson, who at 95 has played strong leading roles throughout her nearly seven-decade career. Like their predecessors, these women were journeymen out of necessity, often lone souls in their creative environments.

Behind-the-scenes, the black female icons talked about the sisterhood that they formed being black actresses in Hollywood. While their stories are different, each story shares the same underlying theme of triumph and beating the odds.



”You’re a little black girl with dark skin and a wide nose. You’re not cute. You’re nothing, you know? You’re invisible. That’s when you understand the importance of a role model,” “How To Get Away With Murder” star Viola Davis said.

You better say that Viola!

You can watch the full video - filled with #BlackGirlMagic - here.







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It was a joy and honor to share in this moment in time with these amazing women. Everyday I feel so #blessed and so #grateful, I give #allglorytoGod - Feb. 26,2020 Photo for @tmagazine, @nytimes Pick it up on Sunday 4/19 or check it out online now with behind the scenes video at tmagazine.com Link in bio. @im.angelabassett, @halleberry, @tarajiphenson, @ikimberlyelise, @mslynnwhitfield @therealmaryjblige, #ourstory, #fortheculture, #queens, #blackactress #legends #sisterhood #love #represent, #rise, #repeat #Godisgreat my hair: @ninajhair & @kimberlyelisenaturals my makeup: @kymmyizabeauty Photography @mickalenethomas, @racquelchevremont. styled @shionat.

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Loves it.

You can get your hands on the ladies' issue of "T" magazine when it hits newsstands Sunday, April 19th.



Photo: Taraji's IG

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