From 19th century author Anna Julia Cooper, who saw the agency of black women as central to gaining equality in America, to actress and singer Zendaya, who urges all women to let their voices be heard, take a look at how a handful of black women have defined feminism for the past several centuries. Read more
You know how I know this finna be extra on point? Because ain’t but ::datmany:: roles for Black folks in big budget Hollywood movies in the first place. You KNOW every Black actor with a reel and a headshot went out for this, so they literally had their pick of talent.
If y'all don’t turn out to see this Black ass movie when it comes out, I’m personally revoking Potato Salad Rights at all y'all’s cookouts until 2025.
(Also: let’s all send up a quick prayer to whatever ancestors or deities you believe in that everyone can get their accents on point because you know when Hollywood tries to do Africa………)
For Black History Month: black principals in “Phantom of the Opera”
Phantom: Robert Guillaume, Los Angeles (1990-91)
Phantom: Norm Lewis, Broadway (2014-15)
Carlotta: Patricia Phillips, Toronto & Broadway (1993, 2003-04, 2006, 2008-09)
Carlotta: Angela M. Caesar, Restaged UK Tour (2012-13)
Carlotta: Danielle White, Las Vegas (principal 2008, 2006-12)
Christine: Lana English, Johannesburg and Pretoria (2004)
Raoul: Jordan Donica, Broadway (2016-17)
Piangi: Thabiso Masemene, World Tour (2011-16)
Piangi: John Whitney, US Tour (2001, 2004-10)
Piangi: Marcus Desando, World Tour (2004-05)
Phantom: Derrick Davis, Restaged US Tour (2016-17)
Phantom: Nicholas Nkuna, Johannesburg and Cape Town (2011-12)
(some comments: for many South Africans the term “coloured” is preferred if there’s different heritage involved, and Lana English would be considered coloured. But in the US and UK that is considered slur and usually avoided online. Just be aware of the distinction. Read more about that here.
Also, there’s been so many wonderful understudies that I did not get to list here, especially for the role of Carlotta, but also for Piangi, Meg Giry and Madame Giry. Only understudy on the list is Nicholas Nkuna, as he played the Phantom. The others are not forgotten, only left out because of Tumblr’s photo limit)