Obscure Black C-List Actors: Paula Jai Parker
I know I have been slippin’ on my blogging in general and especially on my black c-listers but I’ve been lacking inspiration and a well-functioning laptop. Plus I have to spend a few minutes actually looking at any c-lister that I post about to have things to say about them – they are, after all, obscure.
This week’s Obscure Black C-Lister was suggested months ago by a reader known as “Jippy” so I have to give her props. She and I agreed that Paula Jai Parker is always playing the loudmouth hoochie in every movie. Remember her in Friday, Sprung, Woo, and My Baby’s Daddy? I’m not trying to accuse you of having actually seen any of these movies except for Friday, but if you saw her once you’ve seen her a million times – she played loudmouth hoochie-types in all of those movies. Not to mention Hustle & Flow and Phonebooth, reputable movies where she played actual prostitutes. I also saw her in 30 Years to Life, which was a pretty weak attempt at black film(it also starred Allen Payne, Kadeem Hardison, and Erika Alexander, so you do the c-list math) where she played a fat girl who feels trapped in her body and just can’t seem to find a man because of her size. After a bunch of stereotypical fatchick mishaps (e.g. wearing courdoroy pants and making embarrassing noises) she gets plastic surgery, loses weight and becomes – guess what – a hoochie-type! I like to believe that Parker is actually talented since she started off as a stand-up comedian – which is not at all easy – but while she’s still the most typecast black actress in America I guess we’ll never really know.