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Danielle Brooks (‘Orange Is The New Black’) Says She Will Be The First Black Woman On ‘Girls’

Danielle Brooks ('Orange Is The New Black') Says She Will Be The First Black Woman On 'Girls'

Of course you’re going to get to see a lot of Taystee in season two and I just shot an episode of ‘Girls’ for HBO. I will be the first Black woman to be on ‘Girls,’ so that’s exciting for me. Other than that I just don’t know. I’m hoping Melissa McCarthy will hit a sister up.

Words from Danielle Brooks, co-star of Netflix’s original hit series Orange Is the New Black, in a recent interview with Ebony, when she was asked what’s next for her.
I already shared my thoughts on the entire Lena Dunham Girls “lack of diversity” nonsense last year (read that post HERE if you missed it), and lots of you had plenty to say as well. So I won’t rehash, and will instead just say, congrats to Brooks on booking the gig, which should only help further raise her profile. 
She doesn’t say what exactly the role is, so we’ll just have to wait to find out.
I’m surprised there wasn’t a formal announcement that she’d booked a role on the show, given how popular it is, and all the controversy around its insular casting, and also the fact that Brooks happens to be on one of the most talked about new TV series, in Orange Is The New Black, which was renewed for a second season.
Maybe we just missed the news…
Recall that it was earlier this year when Donald Glover appeared on a few episodes of Girls, as star Lena Dunham’s black Republican love interest.
Read the Ebony interview HERE.

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She's not the first black woman to be on the show, though. There was controversy about the Jamaican nannies and I think there's been at least one other negress with a speaking role, so I don't know what she's talking about. Good for her, though.


@Amari: I still don't know who she is.
@UM …Ditto. Being on a wannabe S&C extra, extra, extra lite isn't something to crow about.

Mark & Darla

Sister got an additional acting gig while acting in another show, smell like success.


Tambay I love your attitude and feelings towards your ppl


If your old article is nonsense then what does that say about a show in it's fourth season just now introducing a black woman to it's world? That article kind of rings true at this point. But I get the arguments against that claim.

Everyone's backed down from criticizing Girls, it seems mostly, out of fear. There's a devotion to this show's success that seems almost unbearably powerful by it's fanbase. I think people have and are making good points about a show that's not particularly as funny or honest as much as it is over the top-down to earth. Anyone the age of the people on the show, especially women, should give a shit that hers is the representation that everyone's getting of who our generation is, and it's completely baffling. But you can't just blame Lena. She was born rich. She knows what she knows and that's her show. But that's no excuse for her to not know any better.


"I will be the first Black woman to be on ‘Girls,’ so that’s exciting for me." Really? That's exciting for you. Um, okay.

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