ESSENCE sat down with the honoree to discuss why 2013 was such an important year for Black women on the silver screen.
Jul, 01, 2014
Thank you so much for joining us today. You're of course being honored with the Essence Black Women in Hollywood Trailblazer award. Congratulations. Thank you so much. You know so many people are saying this has been such a watershed year for black films. I'd love to get ya know, your take on that and, and what really impressed you this year, about Black Hollywood and some of the films that were made. This year in Hollywood has absolutely, been one of the best with regard to film making, and that's not to say that every year there aren't. Great movies, and there are. But this year, the diversity of the storytellers, the diversity of filmmakers and talent both in front of and behind the camera is remarkable, and I couldn't be prouder to be in this position this year. And why do you feel like it's important for black women in Hollywood specifically to gather together every year at an event like this? Well, it's very important for black women, to pull together because we have all learned from one another. We are all here, because of we op because of women, of color. Who have achieved their own goals, whether personal or professional, that has allowed us, to even grow and move higher in our aspirations and our opportunities. So, we must stick together, and that group is getting bigger and bigger and bigger. And it is a thrill, an absolute thrill to see. This change. Certainly from when I first started in this business till today. It's been a very big change. Doesn't mean we need to sit back though. We need to just keep going because there's talent and we all should be nurturing that talent for the future.