So while we get a Lupita every six years or so, the state of Black women in Hollywood has unexpectedly evolved and surprisingly through television the most. Empire (featuring Taraji P. Henson) is still slaying ratings in his 7th week on air. Mainstream media had no choice but to recognize the success of Kerry Washington and Scandal from all those #gladiators on Twitter. Shanola Hampton is an “I-own-my-sexy” standout on Shameless and then there’s Viola Davis, a two-time Oscar nominee is revered as a powerhouse on How to Get Away With Murder, even though society defined her as “unconventionally beautiful.” Television has more widely accepted the future of Black actresses in complex lead and supporting roles, but this is still a novelty on the big screen, unless it’s a “Black film” or a derogatory role (read: maid or the help).
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