“I think terms like that hold us back, and I have to catch myself sometimes too because I’m very proud of who I am. When I use the word Black, I don’t use it as a way to separate ourselves from anyone.”
The Brooklyn-born star, who has cemented her presence in Hollywood and broke barriers for Black actresses for her role in movies like Love Jones, Boyz N the Hood, Friday and Soul Food, further believes that using the term can possibly jeopardize an actor’s role in the industry.
“I use it as a way to put an exclamation point behind our greatness because I don’t think that it’s always been celebrated and recognized,” she added.
She continued: “I have this thing in me that says, ‘I’m being used to tell stories, to inspire our people and to serve as a voice, so I’m going to just trust this process.’ If I read a script and I love it, and I say, ‘I’ve got to do that,’ then I’m going to do it.”
“I’m also a lover of mankind and human beings and accepting of all people that are good, so multiculturalism is equally as important to me. But I’m here to represent who we are and if you want to come along for the ride, everyone’s welcome!”