It’s been around 15 years since Halle Berry won an Oscar for Best Actress in “Monster’s Ball.” It was a huge night for women of color because Berry was the first to ever win the prized award.
In her speech that night Berry remarked,“Every nameless, faceless woman of color that now has a chance because this door tonight has been opened.”
While the door had been opened, no other colored woman has gone through it.
Speaking to Elaine Welteroth, the editor in chief of Teen Vogue, Berry said, “It’s troubling. To say the least, it’s troubling.”
In regards to the 2015 Oscars when not one actor of color was nominated, Berry said, “It was one of my lowest professional moments… I sat there and I thought, wow, that moment really meant nothing. It meant nothing. I thought it meant something but I think it meant nothing.”
“I profoundly hurt by that and saddened by that, and it inspired me to try to get involved in other ways. Which is why I want to start directing. I want to start producing more, I want to start being a part of making more opportunities for people of color.”
“We need more people of color writing, directing, producing, not just starring. We have to start telling stories that include us,” she explained.
“And when stories don’t include us, we have to start asking, ‘why can’t that be a person of color? Why can’t that white male character be a black woman?’ Why can’t it? We have to start pushing the envelope and asking these questions.”