*I know, the headline is a general one, but unfortunately, that doesn’t make it any less true.
Overall, it seems black celebrities…even the ones working regularly now on TV and in film, don’t support black theatre. At least not in the way that they should.
Oh, I’m not talking about just showing up to a production at the theatre (probably comped) because you feel your presence alone is enough to bring it attention. I’m talking about the nuts ‘n bolts stuff. The kind you have to take your checkbook out for. Or dig deep in your pockets to find.
That kind of support.
I am so proud of writer/executive producer Shonda Rhimes on so many levels. Her works on the small screen (Greys Anatomy, Private Practice, How to Get Away With Murder, Scandal) has not only employed, but opened the door for so many black actors and actresses and directors to finally show that skills are not limited to the Caucasian race. And that they have just as much of a right to demonstrate those talents on major networks as anyone else.
This is also true for Tyler Perry; especially since he has teamed up with Oprah Winfrey‘s OWN network.
Many of these actors started in theatre, and many of them return; if only in their “spare time” when not employed in film.
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