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Back in the day, you couldn’t see a black film or TV show without spotting the same crop of actors: Denzel, Halle, Angela, Larenz, Will, and Nia. And while the numbers of black actors we see on film continue to increase, it’s usually the same few garnering the majority of roles.  And although I love seeing Taraji, Idris, Kerry, Thandie, and Morris like the next woman, I am itching to see some new faces on screen.

When BET announced it was partnering with Mara Brock-Akil on a new hour-long dramedy about a single, talk show host in Atlanta, I was curious to see who would snag the role. Film vet Gabrielle Union was tapped to star in the series, and although she’s a decent actress, I was a little disappointed BET and the Akils didn’t give a newbie a shot to carry the show. Similarly, when NBC announced it was piloting a nighttime soap opera about a cop who goes undercover in her rich family to solve a murder, they announced Meagan Good, an experience TV and film vet, would be anchoring the show.

While I’m certainly not complaining about seeing more black faces on TV, I wonder why when it comes to actors of color, new folks rarely an opportunity to shine, while their untested white counterparts seem to get a shot at starring roles.

In our bid to see more diversity on screen are is Hollywood doing us a disservice by just showcasing the same group of black actors over and over again and not cultivating fresh, new talent?

Speak on it, Clutchettes! 

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  • Isis

    This will always be a problem until blk ppl start creating their own shows/films. I Just dont understand Why a competent race of ppl always gotta wait for a handout from ppl that hate u?? I will never understand it.. Oh well

  • Bey

    Hollywood is doing the same for white actors as well. Unfortunately, they have enough roles to give a few upcoming white “it” actors a chance. But Hollywood always recycles their old royalty in movies/shows.

  • I always have to see the same fucker on every movie..denzel denzel will smith denzel will smith wtf fuck hollywood

  • Talent? From black people? Black people are not talented.