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By Dustin Rowles | Seriously Random Lists | March 23, 2010 |

Inarguably, the most powerful, wealthiest celebrity on the planet is Oprah Winfrey. An African-American female. But if you look at a list like the Forbes 100 Most Powerful People in Hollywood or a similar list ranking actors and actresses, the only other African-American female you might find is Halle Berry, who hasn't released a movie in three years, and not even she can successfully open a movie by herself. In fact, the only African-American female that I can think of that's ever really successfully sold a movie on her own was Whoopi Goldberg in the early 90s, although Queen Latifah has given it a shot and Beyonce likes to think she can (and maybe she'll be able to in the future). There are a number of successful cross-over African-American males -- Will Smith, Denzel Washington, Jamie Foxx -- but, by and large, African-American women are role players or romantic leads in ensemble movies, or they're relegated leading roles in urban films.

And we supposedly live in a post-racial world.

This fact dawned on my the other day, on a long car trip, when my wife -- to kill some time -- asked, "What are the five best movies featuring an African-American leading actress?" (And yes: We play "Seriously Random Lists" in the car; I should turn it into a board game and make a fortune). I thought long and hard about it, and while I could think of a few notable ones -- Monster's Ball, The Color Purple, What's Love Got to Do with It? -- I couldn't think of any I'd be truly excited about putting on a Five Best list. Sister Act? Obsessed? Granted, yes: There is a black woman second-billed in the biggest movie of all time, Avatar, but she ... uh ... was blue the entire film. Black women play black women in films -- usually either a historical black female figure or someone living the so-called black experience. Does Julia Roberts, Anne Hathaway, Kate Hudson, Ellen Page, or Cameron Diaz play a white woman? No. They're given female roles. Black women, on the other hand, are given black female roles. You want to think of exceptions? Go for it. Now, name me five great exceptions?

We may be living in a post-racial world, but it's not a color blind one. Precious is the perfect example: Two very strong female performances of actresses living the so-called black experience (way to harden those stereotypes). And every time they were mentioned or up on stage during the Oscar telecast, who did the cameras cut to for reaction shots? Black actors, of course. Because apparently it was a film only black people could relate to, while white people loved it because it was "so authentic." Authentic? Cause that's the way all black people live? Impoverished and pregnant with the baby of their mother's boyfriend?

Sadly, studios, and the marketing people behind movies, are still selling race. You know why great black actresses like Taraji P. Henson or Sanaa Lathan are making Tyler Perry films? Because there aren't very many other roles for them. Is Martin Scorsese or David Fincher or the Coen Brothers or David O. Russell or any of the other Oscar caliber directors of our day casting black women? No. Tyler Perry is, though.

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Tyra Wants to Get Black Actresses Paid

Tyra is upset about Hollyweird’s treatment of black actress and discusses it in the new issue of Essence:
“Believe it or not,” she says with a laugh, “I was just on Essence.com.” Tyra was looking for more information on December’s cover subjects, actresses Nia Long, Gabrielle Union and Sanaa Lathan, because, she says, she’s concerned that the women are receiving unfair treatment in Hollywood. “Sanaa, Nia and Gabrielle are strong, powerful women and they are all very successful in our industry. So it really upset me to read about how the money they make doesn’t match up

If TV reflects reality, are we to infer that

99.9% of all asian american women are with NON asian men? Because that's what I see on TV...every single asian actress (LOST being the SOLE exception) is paired with a NON asian male, whether in a TV show or a TV commercial.
What up wit dat? A total racist propaganda against the poor asian male, perpetuated by the studios, and supported by the sellout asian female actresses who go right along with it and don't stand up for their asian brothers. But then why would they, seeing as most (self-hating) asian women are literally the bedfellows of white/black/latin men.

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