Tasha Smith detailed why she feels there’s “less opportunity” for African American actresses during an interview with HuffPost Live today. The Why Did I Get Married actress told host Marc Lamont Hill that Hollywood needs to invest more in black film projects.
“I don’t understand why more people are not investing in more projects that have sisters like me in it. I don’t get it,” she said. “I feel like there [is] less opportunity, I hate to say that, but I really do.”
“It’s like we have all these amazing, brilliant, talented women,” she continued. “I could name them off. From Viola Davis, to Angela Bassett to Taraji P. Henson to Sanaa Lathan to Gabrielle Union to me! I can go on an on… it’s so important for us to support our African American filmmakers, like Lee Daniels, like Tyler Perry, like Steve McQueen, like Tim Story, Salim Akil, Ava DuVernay, we need to support them, John Singleton [and] Spike Lee [too] because they are telling our stories and we need more of our stories told.”
She went on to say she doesn’t know what the problem is because the African-Americna community “ain’t got no problem spending money.”
“I don’t get it because black people spend money,” she explained. “It doesn’t matter if we’re on welfare or if we’re on [an] itemized salary. It’s like, we will still spend money. So I don’t understand why more people are not investing in more projects that have sisters like me in it. I don’t get it!”
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2. Lupita Nyong'o
It's clear that this breakout star can do no wrong!
3. Kerry Washington
The perfect frock for the mother-to-be.
I love the structure of this cranberry suit. A different look fro Brandy, but I love it.
5. Tamera Mowry
Tangerine is certainly the color for Tamera! She need to wear this hue more often.
6. Tatyana Ali
More crop top greatness from Tatyana.
7. Naomie Harris
Just the right amount of sexy from the British star.
Ledisi found her perfect size and hasn't looked back. This bodycon from Zara is werking the red carpet.
9. Laila Ali
Showing that prints are indeed on-trend, Laila is rocking this Nanette Lepore peplum dress.
10. Angela Bassett
Simple ageless in this mixed print frock.
11. Tracee Ellis Ross
She's my best friend in my mind, so I love everything she wears. I want her closet.
12. Tika Sumpter
The goddess braid is a marvelous and elegant touch for the "Love Thy Neighbor" star.
13. Rochelle Aytes
Rochelle should teach red carpet poses to her fellow actresses, she is serving it!
14. Melissa De Sousa
The pop of color on her feet was a great idea for Melissa.
15. Holly Robinson Peete
This bodycon works wonders for Holly's curves.
16. Danai Gurira
A shining frock for the shining star.
17. Danielle Brooks
I love the color for Danielle but it's clear that she's still finding her way around the closet.
18. Sarah Jakes
Oh Sarah! Where can I get this skirt. LOVES.
19. Regina King
I'm wishing this was in a different color, but I do love the bright lips and updo tresses.
20. Ava DuVernay and Mara Brock Akil
21. Rocsi Diaz
Is there a red carpet that Rocsi has not killed?
22. Garcelle Beauvais
Amazing fit. Amazing color. BRAVO Garcelle, bravo!
23. Sharon Leal
I do love her business casual look, it was a luncheon.
24. Alfre Woodard
Hey Auntie Alfre!
25. Cheryl Boone Isaacs
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26. Salli Richardson Whitfield and actor Dondre Whitfield
Robert is certainly all grown up now. How gorge is Salli in this fuchsia frock.
27. Debra L. Lee
Debra's TWA (tweeny weeny afro) makes my hurt sing.
28. Samira Wiley
Great way to accessorize your look Samira.
29. Gugu Mbatha-Raw
From head to toe, Gugu is flawless.
30. Nicole Beharie
Nicole's peek of skin on this leopard printed bodycon is simple delightful.
31. Mara Brock Akil and Tracee Ellis Ross
When business turns into friendship. You can tell they love each other. (Bring back "Girlfriends" please)
32. Shaun Robinson
Channeling her inner Olivia Pope. I approve.
33. Margaret Avery
Margaret is serving church realness, we love it.
34. Chaka Khan
Can you believe Chaka Khan is 60? I cannot wait to look this good!
35. Joy Bryant
I do wish she would have worn heels but I can't say I don't adore her leather sparkle mix.
36. Kym Whitley
Chic in all black!
37. Lynn Whitfield
Lyn is proving that she is still a fashion icon.
38. Niecy Nash
Her style has certainly evolved into an enjoyable moment! Love it.
39. Loretta Divine
Have you ever wondered if Divine was her real last name?
40. Emayatzy Corinealdi
All that's missing are the jewels.
41. Mara Brock Akil
I want those tresses!
42. Vanessa Bell Calloway
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