If you follow Oprah or the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) on Facebook, a special message from Ms. Winfrey is in your news feed. I thought it was worth sharing. Also the video of Gabrielle Union's acceptance speech for the Fierce and Fearless Award at Essence Magazine's annual Black Women in Hollywood pre-Oscar Luncheon is worth watching. I am looking forward to this Sunday's evening lineup on OWN.
At Essence magazine's sixth annual Black Women in Hollywood pre-Oscars® luncheon Gabrielle Union received the Fierce and Fearless Award. She started her acceptance speech: "We live in a town that rewards pretending" and had our rapt attention. A minute later my jaw literally dropped (I was sitting next to Iyanla who turned to me and whispered, "Close your mouth") when she said “I used to revel in gossip and rumors. I lived for the negativity inflicted upon my sister actresses or anyone who I felt, whose shine diminished my own. I took joy in people's pain and I tap danced on their misery.”
I had never heard anyone be that honest in public or private about the competition and fierce drive to be seen and succeed in Hollywood.
That competition is even more charged for women of color because of the dearth of roles.
So I was inspired by Gabrielle's speech to break open the truth and have a real conversation.
This Sunday on NEXT CHAPTER four of the world’s most accomplished actresses: Viola Davis, Alfre Woodard , Phylicia Rashad and Gabrielle Union join me to talk about their work. Getting roles; how the world sees them and they see themselves.
After NEXT CHAPTER we’re going even deeper airing DARK GIRLS - a phenomenal documentary from Bill Duke that opens the door on the light skinned/dark skinned issue around the world.
Watch Gabrielle’s poignant and powerfully self-reflective speech here: http://bit.ly/EssenceSpeech.
Tweet me your thoughts and join me this Sunday at 9/8c for a special night on OWN.