Queen Latifah Says Black Women Have Always Been Equalizers

Written by on February 5, 2021

Written by Alexis Reese

Starring within the new CBS drama collection The Equalizer, Academy Award nominee and legendary multi-hyphenate, Queen Latifah, takes on the function of Robyn McCall within the reimagined basic motion collection. 

Enjoying McCall, Latifah portrays an enigmatic lady who’s a single mom of a 15-year-old daughter Deliah (Laya DeLeon Hayes). What her daughter doesn’t know is that McCall has a secret life as “The Equalizer” as she turns into an nameless guardian angel and defender of the defenseless in pursuit of her personal private redemption. 

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With the premiere episode airing on Sunday (Feb. 7) following Super Bowl LV, Latifah tells BET.com in an interview that though the unique character was written for a white man, enjoying McCall at present as a dynamic Black lady feels utterly pure.

The series premiere of the CBS Original drama THE EQUALIZER, starring Academy Award nominee and multi-hyphenate Queen Latifah, will be broadcast immediately following SUPER BOWL LV on Sunday, Feb. 7, 2021 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/7:00-8:00 PM, PT; time is approximate after post-game coverage) on the CBS Television Network. THE EQUALIZER will move to its regular Sunday (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) time period on Feb. 14, 2021. Pictured (L-R): Laya DeLeon Hayes as Delilah and Queen Latifah as Robyn McCall Photo: Barbara Nitke/CBS ©2020 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

(Picture by Barbara Nitke/CBS)

“I feel that Black girls have been equalizing for years and years,” says Latifah who can be recognized for her critically-acclaimed roles in Bessie and Chicago. “From Stacey Abrams to Kamala Harris to my mom to my grandmother, seeing a Black lady equalize shouldn’t be a brand new factor to me.”

Latifah says that witnessing the facility dynamics of Black girls on community TV every week could also be unfamiliar territory for some viewers as a result of any such storyline shouldn’t be ceaselessly proven to the plenty. 

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“We have to see extra of it. We’ve been doing what we’ve got to do. We’ve been carrying a whole lot of issues on our backs,” she continues. “Sadly, typically we’re not lifted up in the way in which we must be in the case of how a lot we really carry, how a lot grit we’ve got, how a lot willpower we’ve got, how highly effective we’re, and the way magical we’re. These items come naturally.” 

The series premiere of the CBS Original drama THE EQUALIZER, starring Academy Award nominee and multi-hyphenate Queen Latifah, will be broadcast immediately following SUPER BOWL LV on Sunday, Feb. 7, 2021 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/7:00-8:00 PM, PT; time is approximate after post-game coverage) on the CBS Television Network. THE EQUALIZER will move to its regular Sunday (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) time period on Feb. 14, 2021. Pictured (L-R): Queen Latifah as Robyn McCall and Lorraine Toussaint as Viola â Viâ Marsette Photo: Barbara Nitke/CBS ©2020 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

(Picture by Barbara Nitke/CBS)

Normalizing such narratives is vital to Latifah, who’s trying ahead to seeing not only one however three generations of Black girls’s tales advised throughout the present, which additionally stars Lorraine Toussaint who performs Aunt Vi. 

“I feel the world must see what it’s like, what life is like for us,” Latifah says.

Right here’s a particular sneak peek of The Equalizer posted by Queen Latifah herself on Twitter on Friday (Feb. 5). 

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