Actress and singer Vanessa Williams is no stranger to great roles. She has been on Desperate Housewives, Ugly Betty, 666 Park Avenue, and multiple Broadway shows. She has won many awards for her acting and her singing. She says that it is not easy however and breaking into Hollywood for an African-American woman is tough no matter whether your skin is as black as night or extremely light.
Williams was singing praises about actress Lupita Nyong’o who has broken out in Hollywood as one of the best new talents after playing a major role in 12 Years a Slave. Nyong’o has beautiful dark skin and is now representing African-American women all over the world. She is an inspiration to those who think that they could never make it or be successful because of the color of their skin.
Actress Tika Sumpter says that she has never really experienced colorism when she is in Hollywood. She says that she goes in as a confident woman and that is that. She says that every shade is beautiful. It is a shame that people in Hollywood do not realize this as well.
Vanessa Williams is not the only one that feels this way about Hollywood. Actor Morris Chestnut says that he had a rough time when he first started in the business too. The “Best Man Holiday” actor says that when he first started people had a “gang” mentality meaning that they viewed everyone who had darker skin like him as someone that was a part of a gang and everyone that had lighter skin were deemed to be the “good guys”. He broke out in 1991 with a role in Boyz n the Hood.