Grauman's Chinese TheatreWith a wealth of talented African American actors, and a handful of roles that are offered to the same set of top Black mega-stars, many our personal favorites are sorely underrepresented on both the small and big screens. Here’s a breakdown of some of our preferred performers that are all but absent from the spotlight.

The lack of parts for Black actors in Hollywood results in a sort of starvation, if you will, of not only authentic talent but relatable images for African American viewers. We can all say that we are fortunate enough to have lived to see a Black man become Commander in Chief. In time, we’re sure this unfortunate trend in entertainment will change as well.

By the way, here’s brief continuation of our beloved unemployed/under-employed list:

Nia Long
Malik Yoba
Duane Martin
Terri J. Vaughn
Lisa Bonet
Paula Patton
Regina Hall
Jill Marie Jones

Clutchettes and gentleman – as always please feel free to add on to the list!

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  • Sara, that is the way to go. Your own production company. Really in all things having your own is not a bad idea. Especially when it comes to the Arts & Entertainment industries. That is the sure way to get your voice heaard. It is the longer route but well worth it in the end. It is just not well-known actors but some we never heard of that are constantly at auditions but never getting a break. I just refuse to believe that color is not one of the main reason, for many black actors getting slighted. However, black actors should be willing to sacrifice doing Stereo-typical roles, it is hard to do that but a necessary evil.

    And, as a side note Will Smith is definitely changing the face of Hollywood

  • Joy Anderson

    I love Private Practice and one of the major reasons is I’m just so happy and proud to see Taye Diggs and Audra McDonald in every episode! Their roles are equal to the other stars and they do such a fantastic job. The only thing I think we can do to support our actors, since most of us have nothing to do with making decisions in Hollywood, is to watch those shows that treat our actors well. Show support with ratings!! (And yes, suck it up and buy that movie ticket or rent that DVD)

  • We have a Black president who is quite progressive-minded. Through brilliant initiatives such as the one Quincy Jones is taking in lobbying for the creation of a Cabinet-level Secretary For The Arts and Culture, we can identify the platform upon which great revolutionary changes (such as expanding the Hollywood media power structure to include Black decision-makers)are founded. Right On Q! Dig that!