Starting out [as an actor], the primary objective is to get a job, to get a role, to get some sort of employment, to be heard. Then as you get the face and the name recognition, all the things you were fighting for, then a funny thing happens, you…
Didn’t know about Angela in a TP film, but I wonder…is TP a gatekeeper, now, for “reviving/boosting” Black women’s careers? I need to sit with that. And, as an observer, not in the industry, I can think about it in ways others can’t.
I still have an attitude about being blamed (in Viola and Octavia’s words) for not wanting to see good actors embrace these roles as something noble. I don’t understand the system, I guess, that says “Black folks needs to do the work” without being subversive, and everyone needs to support them, no matter how bad it is. The idea of some principles not being bent, or bent so far is a universal plight of the employed.
In rethinking, the original TP comment was presented quickly, and off the cuff. I get that he employs many Black people and gives them opportunities to do better work on their own terms subsequently. I just don’t get those who get locked into the chitlin circuit