Posted on April 1, 2009

Queen Latifah Wants Stronger Parts

AP, March 30, 2009

Queen Latifah has said there are not enough roles for strong, interesting black women.


“There aren’t enough roles and this invisibility is really starting to annoy me,” she said.

She continued: “You would think that there are no black actresses in Hollywood when you look at some of the women’s magazines. Not that I want the paparazzi following me everywhere, but sometimes in the magazines, it seems that we don’t even exist.”

She added that there is a great disparity in how different actors are treated: “I see actors who have barely made a movie getting so much attention and publicity, whereas black actresses are completely ignored, which in a way makes the world think that they can ignore us too. {snip}”

The actress also said that she is working hard to change the situation. “When I am a producer on a film or the star of a movie, I make sure that the set is multi cultural, I make sure they hire a multi cultural, qualified crew, I don’t want to look up and see all white men in front of me all day. I don’t have anything against white men, but why would I be in this position and not make sure that everyone has opportunities?”