In this podcast, Dr Boyce Watkins addresses remarks made by Gabrielle Union. During a recent interview, Union said that black women are asked to “coon, shuck, and jive” in order to get ahead. Here is some of what Union had to say:
“They want us shucking and jivin’ and cooning, that’s where they’re most comfortable having a black woman.”
Union continued, “So to get a role like Tina Fey, smart, edgy, more cerebral humor…no, they’re going to get Tiny Fey. They’re going to get Amy Poehler, they going to get Rashida Jones…that crew. So I just got to get invited to Judd Apatow’s house, and I feel like once I get in there hopefully I’ll make myself at home.”
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