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Gabrielle Union Says She’s Tired of Black Actresses Having to “Shuck & Jive” in Stereotyped Roles

Gabrielle Union Says She’s Tired of Black Actresses Having to "Shuck & Jive" in Stereotyped Roles

I love it when
black actors say controversial things. Add to that growing list, actress Gabrielle

a recent appearance on “The Angie Martinez Show” on Power 105.1 FM in New York, to promote
the new season of her BET dramedy series, “Being Mary Jane,” Union said that she
was frustrated with the lack of more nuanced quality roles for black actresses
in comedies.

She said
that, instead of the “smart comedies” that white actresses get, black actresses
are usually offered, more often than not, stereotyped, low brow roles: “They want us shucking and jivin’ and
cooning, that’s where they’re most comfortable having a black woman.”

She went on
the say that: “So to get a role like Tina Fey, smart, edgy, more cerebral
humor… no, they’re going to get Tiny Fey. They’re going to get Amy Poehler, they
going to get Rashida Jones…that crew. So I just got to get invited to Judd
Apatow’s house, and I feel like once I get in there, hopefully I’ll make myself
at home.”

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