Vanity Fair’s March 2010 cover story is all about the rising female stars of film. The cover blurb reads “A New Hollywood,” but a look at the photo spread suggests that this new Hollywood has no room for women who aren’t waif-like and white.
Sure, quality roles for actresses of color continue to be scarce, but did we forget about the buzz surrounding Gabourey Sidibe for her work in the film Precious?
Independent filmmaker Nijla Mumin, who blogs at Sweet Potato Pie Press, also pointed out the success of actresses like Zoe Saldana (who starred in Avatar and Star Trek) and Oscar-nominated actress Taraji P. Henson.
“Where are they?” Mumin asks. “Are they not a part of the ‘new’ Hollywood?”
What do you think?