Often times when they ask Black actors, male or female, about the increased roles for people of color in this day and age, they’ll often say that while we’ve come a long way, we still have a ways to go.
They say that not only in terms of representation but likely because they’re not getting the payment or the opportunities available to their White counterparts.
The list of Hollywood’s top highest paid actresses was recently released and not a single Black woman or woman of color made the cut.
Check it out below.
1. Emma Stone ($26 million)
2. Jennifer Aniston ($25.5 million)
3. Jennifer Lawrence ($24 million)
4. Melissa McCarthy ($18 million)
5. Mila Kunis ($15.5 million)
6. Emma Watson ($14 million)
7. Charlize Theron ($14 million)
8. Cate Blanchett ($12 million)
9. Julia Roberts ($12 million)
10. Amy Adams ($11.5 million)
Before we get to the Black women, how did Mila get up here? The question is where are the names like Emmy winner Kerry Washington and Golden Globe winner Taraji P. Henson and Oscar winners Octavia Spencer and Viola Davis. While we have conversations about Black women being paid less than White male and female counterparts, we don’t consider this problem in the context of the rich and famous. But it’s just about a matter of scale. Our sisters in Hollywood are still not getting what they deserve. A way to go.
Yes we understand the artists agree to the pay grade before the awards are handed out but like Viola Davis said… Opportunity.