Laverne Cox, Alfre Woodard, Nicole Beharie, and Danai Gurira featured on the cover of Essence Magazine.
Essence magazine hosted a event to celebrate the female African American stars acting in different shows on primetime television. The stars talked about the presentation of African-American women on television and the talent that is still under represented.
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The magazine hosted the event by the name of Toast to Primetime in which most of the stars acting in the prime time television shows were in attendance. The event was hosted at Mondrian Hotel’s Herringbone Restaurant where it also celebrated its latest issue, the cover of which features the four amazing actresses, Laverne Cox, Alfre Woodard, Nicole Beharie, and Danai Gurira for their inspiring roles.
The issues cover story observes the stars’ representation of African American women in society on television in their shows Orange is the New Black For Laverne Cox in which Laverne would explore being a transgender inmate on the show, Sophia Burset. Cox said that the women are not really represented by their skin color.
She said racism is the last issue anyone faces while acting for the shows. Alfre Woodward in State of Affairs, Nicole Beharie in the Sleepy Hollow and Danai Gurira in the Walking Dead are all examples of the roles of women who are not defined by their skin color but rather the characters that they are playing and the stories that those characters represent.
Shanola Hampton from Shameless was also in attendance. She pointed out that her character is currently in an interracial relationship right now but there is no peculiarity for that aspect anymore. It is being handled as a normal relationship on the show for which Shanola seems to be glad about.
Wendell Pierce from The Wire added that the room was full of talent and the actors featured on the cover were the best representation of such talent. The magazine could find ten more faces right there and then who were equally talented and could represent African American women on television.
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He emphasized on the need for diversity in television as there is a constant threat of the shows featured on the magazine of being cancelled and then there would hardly be any African American representation on TV to which Cox reminded us of Shonda Rhimes successful ABC network line-up of Scandal and How to Get Away with Murder, both shows featuring African American women: Kerry Washington and Viola Davis respectively.