Chris Rock Finally Speaks On The Lack Of Diversity In Hollywood

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Chris Rock is on the cover of Essence magazine! in his very feature for their annual Hollywood March Issue, he opened up on the call for diversity and the challenges he has had to face as a black film maker. This was even before the #OscarsSoWhite trend reached fever pitch.

Chris Rock also talked about the roles for Black women in Hollywood and what they have to deal with just because of the colour of their skin.

“I’ve never done a movie, any movie, the silliest movie, where someone, some studio person hasn’t gone, ‘Does the girl have to be Black?’ It happens every time. Black women get paid less than everybody in Hollywood. Everybody’s talking about Jennifer Lawrence. Talk to Gabrielle Union. If you want to hear stories, talk to Nia Long. Talk to Kerry Washington. They would love to get to Jennifer Lawrence’s place, or just be treated with the same amount of respect.”

“I think everything I’ve ever done has had a significant role for a Black or brown woman. I refuse not to. I’ve never gone into battle without a Black woman, you know, a movie battle. With Tichina Arnold in Everybody Hates Chris, I had to fight for Tichina. I’m not even going to tell you who the network wanted. She’s literally as good as Tina Fey or Julia Louis-Dreyfus or any of these chicks. They’re like, ‘Tichina who’?”

This only goes to show that something bad is embedded in Hollywood as a whole and not just the Oscars.

Read the full interview here

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