Queen Latifah Wants Stronger Parts

AP, March 30, 2009

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

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“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?”

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