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The star told ESSENCE that the film is a chance to see Black women who are "flawed, funny, vulnerable and out of our minds."

Sydney Scott
Jun, 20, 2017

The stars of Girls Trip grace July's cover of ESSENCE and the ladies got candid about their characters in the raunchy new comedy.

Girls Trip sees Ryan (Regina Hall), Sasha (Queen Latifah), Lisa (Jada Pinkett Smith), and Dina (Tiffany Haddish) heading to New Orleans for ESSENCE Fest and a weekend of fun. It's crass, hilarious, and gives Black women the opportunity to be flawed. 

Speaking to ESSENCE, Smith shared that, for her, the film and its humor show another side of Black women.

"Because of our history in this country and how we've been labeled, I think we, as Black women, tend to be a little hard on ourselves."

She adds, "That feeling of always having to be on point has prevented us from being expansive in how we see ourselves and how we allow ourselves to be entertained, but I think we're getting to a place where we're afforded the opportunity to kind of cut loose and see all the wonderful colors of who we are. In this film we are flawed, funny, vulnerable and out of our minds! We go way over the top, just to remind people that it's comedy."