Hollywood actress Nia Long has clarified her controversial «Blackfamous» comments from last month on a recent episode of «The Daily Show.»
The Black actress, who co-stars on the Netflix show ‘You People’ alongside Eddie Murphy, told ‘Daily Show’ guest host Wanda Sykes that she was trying to say that the references cultural common to «black films» «continue to divide». society along racial lines.
Long noted that she was proud to be a black actress and understood the «experience» of being black in America, but called for «unity», understanding and acceptance. across racial lines.
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Toward the end of Long’s interview, which aired on Comedy Central on Wednesday night, Sykes said, «Okay, I have to ask you something really quick. I have to ask you something because I know how it’s going. So recently there was a headline right? Where you said, ‘Movies Noirs and Blackfamous just keep us holding us back.'»
In a pointed tone, the comedian asked, «You wanna clear that shit up?» An amused Long laughed and replied, «Well, that’s not written correctly.» Sykes added, «You know how it goes because they take a title and turn it into something.»
Long’s original comments appeared in a December interview with BuzzFeed. The outlet reported: «Films with a predominantly black cast are often categorized as ‘film noir’ rather than by genre (such as drama or comedy), while other films – excluding international films – are not subject to the same categorization.»
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BuzzFeed noted how Long has expressed disagreement with this notion, saying, «I think terms like that hold us back. And sometimes I have to catch up too, because I’m so proud of who I am.»
Long added, «When I use the word ‘Black’, I’m not using it as a way to separate us from anyone – I’m using it as a way to put an exclamation mark behind our greatness. , because I don’t think it’s always been celebrated and acknowledged.»
Sykes invited her to explain things again in front of the cable TV audience. Jokingly, Long turned to the crowd and said, «For the white people in the audience!» She then said, «What I mean by that is that if we keep practicing this idea of separatism, we keep dividing.» The audience applauded his statement.
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The actress added, «And I will always and forever raise my fist because I understand the experience, but I also believe that the more we understand each other the more we accept each other, this thing called art should be representative of all of us.»
Satisfied, Sykes thanked the actress and ended the interview.