The plight of the black actress in Hollywood is one that I’ve heard expressed time and time again from some of my favorite actresses. Just this past week, Essence hosted it’s 8th Annual Black Women in Hollywood Luncheon. The luncheon which uplifts black women in Hollywood is necessary because far too often black actresses are not given the lead roles that they seek. The sentiment is that the playing field in Hollywood is not leveled. Tatyana Ali, Essence Atkins and Andrea Lewis have teamed up to shed more light on the issue with web series “Black Actress”. The series created by and starring Andrea Lewis is a mockumentary style series following the life of actress Kori Bailey while she pursues her next big acting role and making a name for herself in the entertainment industry.
Every episode of “Black Actress” features a candid documentary style interview with a celebrity performer discussing the trials, tribulations, and authenticity of what it’s like to be a “Black Actress.”
“Black Actress” Season 1, which showcased interviews with notable actresses including Naturi Naughton, Jenifer Lewis, and Reagan Gomez, captured the hearts of hundreds of thousands of viewers and fans following its premiere in November 2013 on Issa Rae’s YouTube channel. Season 2, which debuted on February 5th, continues to incorporate the celebrity interview format featuring even more notable actresses including Amber Riley, Tracie Thoms, Keesha Sharp, Aisha Hinds, Garcelle Beauvais, Erica Hubbard and AJ Johnson.
Check out the first two episodes of Season below. All new episodes of “Black Actress” are released every Thursday exclusively on Andrea Lewis’ YouTube channel. Check out Miss Lewis’ channel here.