Sanaa Lathan on the Treatment of Black Actors: "Hollywood Has a Ways to Go"

Sanaa Lathan calls out Hollywood for their treatment of black actors.

Sanaa Lathan is getting ready to stun viewers next month in the upcoming romantic thriller The Perfect Guy, alongside Morris Chestnut and Michael Ealy. Sanaa Lathan is known for her roles in several feature films, mostly with African American casts, but while speaking to The Huffington Post recently, she gave her opinion about the way African American actors are perceived and treated in Hollywood. Sanaa Lathan noted that high box office sales demonstrates that audiences are interested in diversity, but the industry has not quite caught up with modern society. Sanaa Lathan Helga Esteb / She told The Huffington Post:
“I think Hollywood has a ways to go. Certainly in the last couple of years with ‘Think Like A Man’ and even recently with ‘Straight Outta Compton‘ doing well,” she said. “But I think the language needs to change, the language about ‘Oh, this is an Urban film or this is a niche film.’ No, these are Hollywood films. And it’s to marginalize us because it’s like some kind of a freak thing that we’ve made all this money off this movie. That’s a problem for me.”
A 2013 UCLA study revealed that 94 percent of film studio executives were white, as reported by The Huffington Post. Lathan told The Huffington Post:
“I think we need to come into the 21st century. And films should represent the world that we live in,” she said. “And right now when you look at Hollywood it’s not an accurate representation of the diversity of the world that we live in.”
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