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June 19, 2008

ANGIE SPEAKS THE TRUTH!

Filed under: Angie Stone — @ 10:27 am

Here’s what Angie has to say about being dark skinned (I prefer to say chocolate) in the entertainment industry.

“Well, you know it goes back to the very beginning. If you were light skinned you were in, if you were dark skinned you were out. It very well works that way in the industry. You see very [few] dark skinned people on top of the game. Most of the superstars are very fair or mullatto people. You can check your stats. It works that way in the film world too. I have lost almost every single opportunity to star in a film to Macy Gray or Jill Scott because they’re light and I’m dark. I’ve been told so many times that it’s a certain look that they’re looking for. So you can’t even use weight anymore. You can’t use age because everybody’s over 35 that’s running around doing it. It comes down to what is more appealing. I’m only good for the pro political stuff that will afford all of my people from the hood to vote for the right president – or to support whatever because I’m more on their level, so to speak. So to me it hasn’t changed much. Slavery has just taken on a whole new different direction but it’s the same process.” {Source}

Preach Angie! This is definitely an issue in the industry. However I do not think Jill and Macy are considered “light” but I guess it depends on your views. Also, I would like to see Angie acting skills before I assume that being a chocolate woman is the only reason why she is not being picked for certain roles. Now don’t get me wrong I understand where she is coming from, but if she can’t act then Angie it’s not just the color of your skin! I don’t know about you but if Angie auditioned for “Why Did I Get Married” then Angie I’M SORRY BUT JILL OWNED THAT ROLE! SHE WAS THICKSATIONAL IN THAT MOVIE! BUT I STILL LOVE YA ANGIE KEEP YOUR HEAD UP THICKETTE AND DON’T GIVE UP!

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