Rashida Jones by Brian Bowen Smith for Good Housekeeping, May 2017

It takes one person to say something, and at the time it’s uncomfortable. People don’t like to be challenged on the things that don’t apply to them. They need to be pushed. When the Civil Rights Movement was happening and they polled white people across the country, 90% of them said they didn’t think people should be marching. Progress is always this tiny, tiny minority feed — this tiny flame that needs a couple of bright people to keep it burning and carry it forward so other people feel comfortable using those words.


LaTanya Richardson, Chandra Wilson, Lorraine Toussaint, Tessa Thompson, Emayatzy Corinealdi, Yolanda Ross, Tracee Ellis Ross, Kim Wayans, Rashida Jones, Loretta Devine, Beverly Todd, Alfre Woodard, Octavia Spencer, Edwina Findley, Viola Davis, Diahann Carroll, Aja Naomi King, Ruth Negga, Cynthia Erivo, Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Rosario Dawson and Adepero Oduye attend Alfre Woodard’s 8th Annual ‘Oscar’s Sistahs Soiree’ on February 22, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.