“There is no greater evidence of how tragic things are for dark-skinned women in Hollywood than the fact that they can’t even get hired to play dark-skinned women.”—
Marc Lamont Hill on the casting of Nina Simone
Because this sentence breaks my heart while filling me with joy. Because dark-skinned women are creating our own work and need not be left to a “Hollywood” standard. Because we stand on the backs of those who came before and serve as a bridge for those who follow.
rly i encourage all the girls of colour, esp black girls, to invade creative spaces that are occupied by white women. the exclusion of girls of colour in creative spaces is a conscious decision, dont walk around believing that it’s just a coincidence. if u see only white girls on a staff page, know there’s a reason behind that. and dont let that shit thrive. let ppl kno u r alive.
Despite the stagnant rate for Black women, the overall unemployment rate dropped from 7.2 percent to 6.1 percent between August 2013 and August 2014, according to the report.
Women’s unemployment dropped from 6.2 percent to 5.7 percent.
Unemployment for Black men fell by 2.6 percentage points – taking the rate from 13.4 percent to 10.8 percent.
For Black women, however, the rate remained at 10.6 percent.
The vice president for family economic security at the NWLC, Joan Entmacher, referred to the statistics as a “red flag.”
Entmacher even compared education levels across each of the demographics and discovered that even when only considering adults with bachelor’s degrees, unemployment rates for Black women remained high and unchanged.