Vanessa Williams: There is Bias In Hollywood Even When You’re Light Skinned

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By: Krystle Crossman

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.

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  1. Give it a rest. I’m tired of hearing this “light/dark skin” story. This is the USA and we all know this situation will never, repeat, never go away, as the old folks use to say, “as long as your as# points toward the ground.” If you don’t like what tubobs think you are, make your own movies. Stop asking your enemy to do for you what you won’t do for yourself.

    Now, here’s a news flash…Lupita doesn’t represent “African Americans” because she isn’t one. She is a Kenyan born in Mexico. No, that doesn’t make her Mexican. You can sit in a garage all night and in the morning you still won’t be a automobile.

    Now for the truth. Everyone is jumping on Lupita’s train, but let’s face facts here. She has an attractive face however, her upper body is lacking what Black men consider beauty. She is completely flat chested and her bones are visible that isn’t appealing to Black American men.

    No, I say it again, you’ve been fooled, hoodwinked, bamboozled and took. Once again, we are allowing Tubobs to define and tell us what the standard of beauty is for our women.

    We really are a pitiful people.

    You may not like what I’ve written but in your heart, you know I’m right.

    Chosinfew – One of the Frozen Chosin

    • Chosinfew, You are describing the body type you like, not all Black Men like big a$$ and boobs. The rest of your post I agree.

  2. The importance of and I don’t like this term, but for the purpose of making this point, the importance of Bollywood, or Black Hollywood. We need Tyler Perry, Oprah, and Spike Lee. Hollywood understands money. We hopefully can change the dynamics by creating our own and as we always do we are inclusive rather than exclusive. We will get there. I know we will.

  3. Not only do discrimination against blacks prevail but anyone else that will not participate in the perversions that are prevalent in the industry.This is common knowledge that people talk about openly,display in the medias television,movies and award shows and in publications,with nothing changing for the better,but definitely getting worse.And skin color do not matter and never has.Only how freaky you can get.COMMON KNOWLEDGE and not my opinion.

  4. This shouldn’t even be a discussion or worthy of print. If you didn’t know this you’re either extremely naive or been living under a rock for all your life. I look at this the same way I see the (un)employment situation in this country. Rather than having the foresight to start your own businesses we continue to look to white people (who control almost everything) to take care of us. THEY DON’T CARE ABOUT US” and they are only going to give us an opportunity when it’s convenient or financially feasible for them. As far as Lupita Nyong’o, she wins an Oscar for playing a slave who experiences every type of abuse imaginable by her slave master, and choses to date one in real life. Talk about a “slave mentality”.

  5. She is free to date whomever she wants to date and it is her business.

    It is time the separation STOP and it needs to Stop right now. There are good and bad on both sides of the color coin.

    I am African American and I personally do not care about the color of your skin. It is what happens to be inside your heart that is more important.

    I live next door to an African American Female and have had more trouble out of her than I have ever had out of any other person even after having lived in the projects.

    The color of ones skin should not be factored in.

  6. For All you light, or dark-skinned, good looking women who are feeling a lot fustration, come to Louisiana & I will put you under “Placage”!

  7. Toni I like every thing that you said…there is good…bad…ugly and beautiful in very race..I am a African American woman who is extremely light.The women in my family range from many beautiful shades of colors from jet beautiful black to high mellow yellow….we dont see color…we love the soul of that person..we are one…if the soul is fowl and you are just a really jacked up ratchet person does it really matter what color you are?.

  8. All u so called lightskin or drkskin people keep thinking these crackers in amerikkka love u or feel ur pain if u do ur dilusional and really need to seek help from everlasting knowledge, wisdom, and understanding of self then as a people. Look at YOUTUBE/SLAVERY UNDER A NEW NAME. Then repost ur real thoughts after ur eyes have been wide open and save the sorry ass comments for the dumb founded. amerikk will never have love for u. PLEASE LOOK AT THE DOCUMENTRY and if it applies to u or urs well at least consider uniting as a people!!!

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