Watch: What It’s Like to Be a Black Woman in Hollywood

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Diversity and representation are the hot-button topics in Hollywood right now. In an industry that reflects the world in which we live, black people and women—so, basically black women—are often underrepresented in Hollywood. But people like Tyler Perry are changing that. Sure, he’s a polarizing figure based on his content, but you can’t deny his ability and execution when it comes to hiring black.

Most of Perry’s productions feature a predominantly black cast and crew. This is intentional. Perry’s out to change the lives of his people. I sat down with a few of Perry’s leading ladies from his shows on OWN: Cassi Davis (The Paynes), Tika Sumpter (The Haves and the Have Nots), Jackeé Harry (The Paynes), April Parker Jones (If Loving You Is Wrong) and Angela Robinson (The Haves and the Have Nots) to talk candidly about Hollywood and what that experience is like for black women.

Angela Robinson said it best: “To make it in Hollywood as a black woman, you must always stay true to who you are and always speak your truth. I’m thankful to Tyler Perry for writing words that I can bring to life to continue to speak.”

Check out the video above for all of your favorites from OWN.

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1 Ariana Grande

​Thank U, Next flac

Ariana Grande. 2018. Writer: Crazy Mike;Scootie;Victoria Monét;Tayla Parx;TBHits;Ariana Grande.
2 Mesto

Wait Another Day flac

Mesto. 2018.
3 Anne-Marie

Rewrite The Stars flac

Anne-Marie. 2018. Writer: Benj Pasek;Justin Paul.
4 Rita Ora

Let You Love Me flac

Rita Ora. 2018. Writer: Rita Ora;Easyfun;Fred Gibson;Noonie Bao;LotusIV;Ilsey Juber.
5 Conor Maynard

How You Love Me flac

Conor Maynard. 2018. Writer: Yoshi Breen;Thom Bridges;Hardwell;Rik Annema;Conor Maynard;Cimo Fränkel;Snoop Dogg.
6 ZAYN

There You Are flac

ZAYN. 2018. Writer: Joe Garrett;Levi Lennox;Michael Hannides;Anthony Hannides;ZAYN.
7 Fitz And The Tantrums

HandClap flac

Fitz And The Tantrums. 2017. Writer: Fitz And The Tantrums;Eric Frederic;Sam Hollander.
8 (G)I-DLE

POP/STARS flac

(G)I-DLE. 2018. Writer: Riot Music Team;Harloe.
9 Clean Bandit

Baby flac

Clean Bandit. 2018. Writer: Jack Patterson;Kamille;Jason Evigan;Matthew Knott;Marina;Luis Fonsi.
10 Mark Ronson

Nothing Breaks Like A Heart flac

Mark Ronson. 2018. Writer: Thomas Brenneck;Maxime Picard;Ilsey Juber;Conor Szymanski;Clement Picard;Mark Ronson;Miley Cyrus.
11 The Chainsmokers

Beach House flac

The Chainsmokers. 2018. Writer: Andrew Taggart.
12 Martin Garrix

Dreamer (Nicky Romero Remix) flac

Martin Garrix. 2018. Writer: Yury Parkhomenko;Aleksandr Parkhomenko;Ilsey Juber;Brian Lee;Mike Yung;Martin Garrix.
13 Clean Bandit

Mama flac

Clean Bandit. 2018. Writer: Jason Evigan;Jack Patterson;Grace Chatto;Ellie Goulding;Caroline Ailin.
14 Marshmello

Project Dreams flac

Marshmello. 2018.
15 ZAYN

Good Years flac

ZAYN. 2018. Writer: Anthony Hannides;Michael George Hannides;Khaled Rohaim;ZAYN;Herbie Crichlow.
16 Imagine Dragons

Bad Liar flac

Imagine Dragons. 2018. Writer: Jorgen Odegard;Daniel Platzman;Ben McKee;Wayne Sermon;Aja Volkman;Dan Reynolds.
17 Seth Hills

Centipede flac

Seth Hills. 2018.
18 Bastille

Grip flac

Bastille. 2018. Writer: Dan Smith;Espen Berg;Joakim Haukaas;Mark Crew;Simen Eriksrud;Thomas Eriksen.

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