Award-winning actress Angela Bassett has portrayed onscreen beauty, intellect and representation for over three decades.

Since rising to fame, through a range of diverse roles, she has become an inspiring figure and has built her career on a strong foundation of hard work and unwavering devotion to her craft.

“I see myself as a worker,” she says. “And if you stay all night to get it done or wake up early to get it done, you’re going to do anything while there’s still hours in the day to get it done.“

Much like ESSENCE and FORD, Bassett is building a solid legacy.

“I am proud of where I’ve come from. I’m still pursuing roles and representation and growing as an artist, as a woman, as a friend, as a human being.” 

Watch the video for her powerful message. 

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