Tatyana Ali Speaks Out On Janet Hubert Addressing Colorism
Written by BET on December 14, 2020
One of the vital highly effective moments from The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air reunion was Janet Hubert, who performed the unique Aunt Viv, reconnecting with Will Smith after their falling out and years of estrangement. Referring to her getting fired off of the present and changed by one other actress, Hubert told Smith, “Calling a Black girl troublesome in Hollywood is the kiss of demise and it is arduous sufficient being a dark-skinned Black girl on this enterprise.”
Actress Tatyana Ali, who performed Viv’s daughter Ashely Banks, just lately opened up about that emotional second from Hubert and mentioned her personal experiences with colorism.
Whereas selling her new movie The Cause, which hits streaming providers on Dec. 15, on SiriusXM City View’s The Clay Cane Present, Ali addressed Hubert’s highly effective phrases,”I did not know that she felt that means. Once we had been engaged on the present collectively, we at all times talked about how stunning she was.”
She continued, “I hope that she is aware of, for me as a younger woman, I noticed her with a highlight on her and that is how I assumed she was being represented on the present. When it comes to magnificence and Black magnificence, as a younger Black little one. I assumed she was radiant. I assumed the highlight was on her and that was one thing that I wasn’t used to seeing.”
Ali additionally added, “I did not get an opportunity to inform her that on the reunion, but when she hears that, I hope that offers her some consolation that for the issues that she went via, she meant so much to lots of people — to younger folks.”
The 41-year-old additionally addressed her experiences with colorims, particularly within the audition course of, saying, “In life and in work for positive. You realize, ‘Why don’t you simply make it slightly Blacker?”
Moreover, she commented on the backlash she received when she participated within the 2015 documentary Light Skin Girls. Ali mentioned she didn’t know she could be categorized as “light-skinned” and wasn’t even conscious the tales could be cut up into darkish and light-skinned ladies.
“It was disappointing to me. I actually thought that I may communicate on dark-skinned ladies or light-skinned ladies. Similar to, I believe a light-skinned woman can speak about — as a result of it is not actual, we’re all Black ladies. We’re all ladies below an expertise, having an expertise of what it is wish to be solid into these classes. I assumed that was disappointing that we had been separated within the venture itself. And I do not know who determined what class I used to be alleged to be sorted into.”
Watch a clip from the interview beneath: