This February on Kimberly Elise Natural Living, we’re celebrating the Black women who dare to share their natural light, making the world a better, stronger, and more loving place.
In the era of #MeToo, it’s clear that women across America are done with gender inequality and abuse, including in the entertainment world. Time’s Up, which was announced in The New York Times on January 1, 2018, advances support for women, men, people of color, and the LGBT community who have less access to media platforms and funds to speak up about harassment.
Unfortunately, feminist movements frequently overlook the unique ways Black women are at a disadvantage.
When comparing all men and women who work full-time in the United States, women are paid only 80 cents for every dollar paid to their male counterparts. Black women who work full-time are paid only 63 cents for every dollar paid to white, non-Hispanic men.
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Gender pay disparity for Black actresses went viral when comedian Mo’Nique called for a boycott of streaming service Netflix for gender and color bias. The actress was allegedly offered less money than Amy Schumer, Chris Rock, and Dave Chappelle. Soon after, comedian Wanda Sykes thanked Mo’Nique, who has been for speaking out on Twitter, writing, “Netflix offered me less than half of your $500k. I was offended, but found another home.”
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Tracee Ellis Ross, who leads the TV sitcom Black-ish alongside Anthony Anderson, is paid significantly less than her co-star. Other shows led by African-American women include: Viola Davis of How To Get Away With Murder, Gabrielle Union of Being Mary Jane, Taraji P. Henson of Empire, Issa Rae of Insecure, and Yara Shahidi of Grown-ish.
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Actress Kimberly Elise recently shared her support for Mo’Nique on Instagram:
I applaud Mo’Nique and any other sister on the planet for speaking up for herself and valuing her worth as she sees it, no matter her industry. I stand by that. Black women have been told to lay down and be quiet for far too many years. And sometimes unity is nothing more than saying, ‘Sis, I applaud you for standing up for yourself and what you believe. Perhaps I am not in agreement with your action steps, but I love you for trying to at least take some kinda action for what you believe.’ Moral support can carry a person a long way. Sending you love!