There have always been discussions and complaints regarding the salary of Black women in Hollywood, sports, music, and just in general. The conversation has been brought back to the forefront after “Empire” actress, Taraji P. Henson, who has had a very successful career, got emotional during a recent interview that went viral. The dollars don’t make sense when it comes to the pay she receives in comparison to white actresses who may have comparable careers. Chance the Rapper recently took to his social media page and had some things to add to the conversation. But, it had more to do with the people commenting on Black women’s negotiation skills from people who aren’t even IN the industry.
HipHopDx captured the video and posted the clip.
“I try not to add my voice to current pop culture events that doesn’t have to do with me,” Chance reveals in the video. “But there’s this current conversation going on right now; a lot of Black women, Black actresses are coming out and talking about how they was did dirty in the industry, how they weren’t paid for their work. This has been going on for years…”
He then goes into the people who are leaving comments that virtually blame the Black women for not doing better as opposed to what may be seen as a bias toward Black women in Hollywood.
“But the worst part is seeing the comments under a lot of these posts with people talking bout how they should have negotiated better, they should’ve read their contracts and stuff. And these be like the dirtiest, dustiest, brokest, least goal-having, definitely least goal-accomplishing people. In the world.”
He then goes on to criticize these posters who aren’t even in the same industry, let alone on the same level as some of these talented Black women.
“They’ll write some stuff and they’ve never negotiated a contract, they’ve never had to hire a lawyer; and if they did, it’s like: you not in “The Color Purple!” You not doing nothing.”
— HipHopDX (@HipHopDX) December 31, 2023
Let’s hope this conversation continues and leads to better contracts as well as opportunities for these talented women who are underpaid and underappreciated.
Chance The Rapper Blasts People Who Criticize Black Actresses Who Face Pay Disparities In Hollywood