The death of George Floyd has returned to uncover a problem not solved in the united States: racial discrimination. Separeted but equal (separate but equal) was the idea that after the Civil War disguised discrimination latent that somehow has come down to our days. Although the situation has changed radically since then, the battle for equality continues to fronts in all fields. Also in Hollywood. Also between the actresses, which added to the fact of their race being a women as obstacles to get leading roles, salaries, and equal prizes of first level for their performances.
In 2016 and on the occasion of the ceremony of the Oscars, CNN published some data are very significant: from 1990 and until that date had been nominated for awards 15 actors black in front of 120 whites, and 6 actresses black front 129 white. In 2015 we launched a movement, OscarSoWhite, which is critical of the invisibility in the Academy of american theater of actors of color. But there are some names, in this case women, who have been paving the way her fellow african-americans within the film industry.
The first Oscar won by Hattie McDaniel for her role of Mammy in What with the wind, it was 1939. The actress could not sit in front of their castmates, and in theory could not attend the theatre for being black. He received his award, saying: “I sincerely Hope always serve my race and the motion picture industry. God bless you”. 51 years later, in 1990, was Woopie Goldberg who got the statuette for her role in Ghost. And it was not until 2002 that Halle Berry could take over as the only Oscar achieved up to now by an interpreter black in the category of Best Actress. After them only Jennifer Hudson, for Dreamgirls, Mo Nique for his performance in Precious, Octavia Spencer for her role of Minny Jackson in Maids and Ladies, Lupita’nyong or that gave life to Patsey in 12 years of slavery, Viola Davis in Fences and Regina King, in The blues of Beale Streethave gotten the prized statuette, and in the section of best actresses of the distribution.
But even in Hollywood, a place where the power handle mostly white men, there is the feeling that the times are going by in front of the Academy, although at times it acts like the murder of Floyd at the hands of the police to tarnish that vision. In recent years, the international success has placed interpreters of black in the first line, and although some began in films or tv series aimed at the public, of color –Halle Berry in Fever wildAngela Bassett playing Tina Turner in Tina Turner. What’s love got to do with itor Lynn Whitfield in Eve’s Bayou–, have succeeded in becoming an example to follow for women all over the world and in reliable image for some brands, which have seen them ambassadors that are valid for their products.
Interestingly a group of them add to these two conditions, being or having passed the decade of the fifty years, another drawback to shine when it comes to practice the profession of actress. It is the case of the same Halle Berry (53 years), Angela Bassett (61 years, Malcom X, Black Panther or the series American Horror Story), Taraji P. Henson (age 49, The curious case of Benjamin Button or the successful series Empire), or Viola Davis (age 53, Maids and ladies, Fencesor the series How to defend a killer), Regina King (49 years). All of them have shown firmness and constancy to work in the office, and many accumulate in their personal stories episodes that have required strength and coping skills.
Halle Berry she was raised by her mother alone after her father’s leave, next to the sister of the actress, when she was four years old. A presence that has returned with bouts of alcoholism and violence until the law forced him to be separated from them by ill-treatment. He knew what was the poverty and the racism by the teasing that he suffered for the color of their skin in the suburb in which he lived as a teenager and after she herself was accused of ill-treatment of her first husband, the baseball player David Justice, whom she divorced in 1997, after four years together. He also suffered inhuman treatment, insulting the model Gabriel Aubry, with whom he went out for five years and with whom she had her daughter Nahla in 2008. A relationship that the actress has described as a hell by the racism and abuse that he received from his partner.
Regina King also grew up without a father figure after his father divorced his mother and lost contact with her and her sister. He resumed the relationship with him many years later when he learned that he had Parkinson’s. The actress married em 1997 with Ian Alexander, when he was vice president of Qwest Recods and they have a son of 24 years who is called as your father. Although the couple divorced nine years later and vieeron a stage of bitter estrangement, she remembered the damage that he had caused her and her sister the same attitude of their parents, and since then maintain a relationship of good friendship for the sake of the son they have in common.
Angela Bassett she is married to actor Courtney B. Vance with whom he has two twins of 13 years, a girl named Bronwyn Golden and a child, Slater Josiah, who were born by surrogacy. Among their teachings as a mother of two mantras that guide her life: “everything is better when you have a good attitude”, and “no is no”, a maximum with special emphasis on his son after that she had a sexual assault in childhood.
Viola Davis neither had a childhood easy in South Carolina. Its popularity has been discovering a childhood marked by poverty, that has a single photograph in the nursery, because their house never had the money, and having a camera was a luxury impossible to achieve. “We didn’t have a phone, or food,” he said in an interview in People. He also recalled that one of the times most sad I remember is the one where you had to put rags around your neck to avoid that the mordieran the rats that were in his house. “The problem with poverty is that it will start to affect the mind and the spirit because you are invisible to people. But I from a very young age I decided I wanted that kind of life. And having lived so allows me to appreciate a lot and appreciate what I have now because never before had. A garden, a house, pipes in good condition, a fridge full, that people always take for granted,” she told the magazine.