Halle Berry, Angela Bassett and More Esteemed Black Actresses Discuss Their Hollywood

Photo: Mickalene Thomas and Racquel Chevremont

T: The New York Times Style Magazine celebrated veteran Black American actresses and their distinguished careers in its 2020 Culture issue.

The lineup of Black girl magic personified included Taraji P. Henson, Mary J. Blige, Angela Bassett, Lynn Whitfield, Kimberly Elise, Halle Berry and Viola Davis (not pictured above).

Black women in Hollywood have fought for and earned success; however, they haven’t been given their due. They are still often typecasted, mistreated and underpaid, and it’s preferred that only so many thrive at a time.

In their feature, the dynamic women tackle the aforementioned obstacles while discussing race in Hollywood, their breakout roles, sisterhood and giving praise to trailblazers like Diahann Carroll, Cicely Tyson and modern-day game-changer Shonda Rhimes.

Watch their feature below:

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Bryant Smith

Bryant is creative, personable, quick-witted and the founder of The Top Tea. He is a Howard alum and USC graduate student. He’s toured multiple countries, sung background for artists such as Mary J. Blige, Fantasia and Andra Day and performed at venues like The White House (under Pres. Obama) and The Kennedy Center on multiple occasions. Bryant also worked on the casting team for Netflix’s Rhythm + Flow.

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