May 2018 EBONY cover star, Gabrielle Union, accepted her well-deserved “Breakthrough Producer of the Year” award from CinemaCon this weekend, sharing the humbling experience of her driver mistaking her for Naomie Harris that solidified her decision to create more roles for those the industry would like to “put out to pasture.”
“I gotta create opportunities for myself. I gotta create opportunities for other people who are also being put out to pasture–other people whose voices are traditionally muted, erased, silenced. There’s billions of people on the planet, and it seems like we only rehash the same four stories. If we can imagine a world that has Middle-earth and hobbits, if we can imagine Wakanda, we can imagine a 45-year-old woman being her own superhero in her own damn life.”
Check out her full acceptance speech above.
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Born and raised in Compton, California, Jessica Bennett began her career as an intern at The Oakland Post, and later, The Source Magazine. She went on to write for respected hip hop publications such as DJ Booth and Hip Hop DX before becoming the Urban Editor of pop culture website, Wetpaint.com. She joined Ebony as the Entertainment Editor August 2017. Bennett has interviewed such names as Vanessa Williams, Spike Lee, Tyra Banks, Forest Whitaker, Magic & Cookie Johnson and several others.