Anika Noni Rose is getting the WOC Wednesday honor this week! She’s been the first black Disney princess, a big TV star in The Good Wife and The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency and others, a huge Broadway star (of course), and now, she’s a power-player in Hollywood TV pilot season.
I can’t have a WOC Wednesday post without Lupita Nyong’o being on the list.
Nicole Beharie is one of my favorite people ever! I also like that she recognizes that she is one of the actresses of color making great strides for other actresses of color in the realm of sci-fi/fantasy work.
This woman should have been Storm.
I saw Angela Bassett in What’s Love Got to Do with It? and, like almost everyone who’s seen that film, I became a fan. I then re-watched Waiting to Exhale and became an even bigger fan. In any film or show she’s in, she’s amazing. She is often seen playing powerful women (one of the reasons she should have been Storm and not Halle Berry–sorry Halle), and this quote from a 2001 interview in The Guardian backs it up:
You always seem to play strong women. Is that what you like?
Yes. That’s the image that I like to put out there, and those are the parts I’m attracted to. But not iron-fist kind of strong, just self-assured. I’m nice too.
What do you love about Angela Bassett? Talk about it in the comments section below! You’ll be able to see Bassett in the upcoming American Horror Story: Freak Show airing on FX Oct. 8 at 10/9c. And if you’ve got your own WOC Wednesday nominee, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll write a post!
Angela Bassett in Black Nativity. Credit: Fox Searchlight