Black Hollywood: Laverne Cox, Alfre Woodard, Nicole Beharie, & Danai Gurira For Essence

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Alfre Woodard, Laverne Cox, Nicole Beharie, & Danai Gurira For Essence Magazine

I have to admit that Black Hollywood has been looking great lately. Finally, African-American actresses are getting a chance to showcase their talents.

Kerry Washington (Scandal), Gabrielle Union (Being Mary Jane), Taraji P. Henson (formerly Person of Interest and Empire 2015) proves that Black women in Hollywood are strong enough to bring in high weekly ratings on prime time and cable television. We’ve come a long way as a culture/race but we still have a long way to go.

What’s even better is that publications are finally putting new faces on the cover of their magazines. For their October 2014 issue, Essence decided to focus on Hollywood‘s rising Black actresses – Laverne Cox (Orange is the New Black), Nicole Beharie (Sleepy Hollow) and Danai Gurira (The Walking Dead), who is joined by veteran actress Alfre Woodard (State of Affairs), calling them “Channel Changers.”

In the cover story, the women are talking about why it’s definitely a new day for Black women in prime time. These ladies are changing how America perceives them on the small screen. 11 out of 30 new shows premiering this fall on network and cable channels will have a Black actress featured prominently. Is American ready to see diversity on their favorite shows?

Danai: “It is a golden age. because we’re allowed to see that more people are given a voice, and that is a beautiful thing. We know when there’s been a dearth of this type of diversity. I remember watching Orange and feeling as if something new was happening.”

Laverne: “People are watching television in a different way. I’ve been acting for a very long time and not getting very far, and I would say we needed some sort of systemic revolutionary change for me to have an acting career.”

Alfre: “Is it the golden age, daughters? I want you all to believe: We’re not here because somebody suddenly said, ‘Let’s have some women of color [on TV].’ We’re here because we’re brilliant at what we do. We’re persistent. You could put us at the bottom of the ocean and we’d still come to the top.”

Photos Credit: Essence 

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