Fresh Black Girls: Regina King!
Regina King is a perfect example of how black entertainers are simply not given their due – after over 20 years in the industry and roles in several big movies she still hasn’t headlined a film. Today I saw the commercial for the upcoming movie This Christmas featuring Regina King, Chris Brown, Idris Elba (yum), and a few young bland black girls with narrow features and really straight hair whose names I can never remember. In contrast to them, looking at Regina onscreen with all of her personality makes me so happy because she is just so BLACKGIRL – not Hollywood polished black but actual black-girl-freshness manifest. Maybe I was being overly-sentimental but she just made me want to get all excited about family and Christmas and blackness and bein’ myself. She started her career at age 14 playing Brenda on 227, and may have been a hair freak but she was all we had as far as sassy blackgirls on TV around 1986. She dredges up that ‘attitude’ for a role when she has to (the 40-ounce guzzling Iesha in Poetic Justice or Ice Cube’s sister Dana in Friday) but has also been in Oscar-winning blockbusters (Ray, Jerry Maguire) and is only 36 years old. I’m so glad I’ll still have her to look at in 30 years as opposed to, say, Lisa Raye. Regina King gets my vote for hardest working fresh black girl in Hollywood.