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What Do These Black Actresses Have in Common? They’re Not on Forbes List of Highest Paid Actresses



by TRN Staff Writers

The magazine that keeps tabs on everybody’s money has come up with its annual list of the highest-paid actresses in Hollywood.  Funny thing about that list…it looks a lot like the previous year’s list, which looked a lot like the list the year before that, which look…well you get the gist.

According to Forbes Emma Stone comes in at #1 on list with a whopping $26 million in earnings this past year thanks primarily to her role in the musical film “La La Land”.   Other top paid actresses include Jennifer Lawrence (“Hunger Games”) at $24 million and  the woman who lampooned former White House spokesperson Sean ‘Spicey’ Spicer  to fame and perhaps infamy, Melissa McCarthy (“Ghostbusters”) at $18 mill. Jennifer Anniston was the shocker as number two on the list at $25.5–guess those “Friends” syndication checks add up because has she ever been a box office draw?

You notice right away that women of color didn’t make the $11.5 million dollar cut to be added to the list.  For all Hollywood’s talk of diversity, the Forbes list shows that it’s not just about landing the job, but landing the big pay checks that come with those roles …or landing roles in multiple movies in one year. McCarthy had starring rollings in three films in 2016–“The Boss”, “Central Intelligence” and “Ghostbusters”.   Each movie brought in respectable amounts at the box office but three films in one year is enough to boost any actors bank account.  Three movies in one year was also the magic formula for actress Amy Adams who starred as Lois Lane in “Batman v Superman” and had leads in “Arrival” and “Nocturnal Animals”.

Viola Davis,who is truly an amazing talent starred in two pretty major films last year (“Fences” with Denzel Washington and “Suicide Squad”) but she didn’t even earn enough to warrant a mention on the Forbes list.  Davis also stars in the ABC drama “How to Get Away Murder”, but her earnings still didn’t put her on the same level  as actresses with fewer projects.  How many of the actresses who did earn top money in Hollywood last year have earned three Oscars like Davis has?

If you’re thinking, most of last year’s top female earners probably starred in blockbuster films, think again.  For instance, Stone’s movie “La La Land” came in at #83 on the list of movies ranked by earnings.  It didn’t even beat out the mainly Black cast movie “Moonlight” for the Best Picture Oscar.  That little golden statue may say something about your acting ability, but green says it better.

When it comes to men, the Forbes list plays out a lot differently.   Last year, the highest paid actor was a Black man–Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson came in at $64 million dollars.  Will Smith reportedly earned around $20 million.  While that shows a huge disparity between male/female earnings, at least White women are earning what some men are making.  Chris Rock was right when he said, “Black women have the hardest gig in show business. You hear Jennifer Lawrence complaining about getting paid less because she’s a woman — if she was Black, she’d really have something to complain about.”

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  4. Shawn J.

    August 19, 2017 at 6:04 pm

    I believe black actresses are just as good as white actresses– even better! They work just as hard! They deserve to get paid more for their movies and TV shows! That is my strong opinion about this subject.

  5. Lady

    August 19, 2017 at 7:33 am

    They know that now that the white Man doesn’t have to go on the plantation to talk to us, because we are now out in the open and they like what they see. Most white women will laugh in your face knowing they see your beauty and it is better than theirs. Who will make them accountable? No one as long as some of the black actresses feel they are own the screen some of the time it is cool with them. The movie that came out recently with 4 black beautiful woman gross well over 100 million so they are bankable, but Hollywood would rather hire a black man in the movie to bed a white woman so she can feel she is in demand.

  6. NBA is fixed

    August 18, 2017 at 1:31 am

    One more thought and I’m through. I truly believe hollywood blackballed a bunch of black actresses in the nineties. Why would hollywood do this? Two reasons;

    1. Too many movies starring or co-starring black women made too much money at the box office; thereby receiving more attention, and more money than movies starring white actresses.

    2. More and more young white boys (Hollywood ‘s number one demographic) were lusting after black women.

    What happened to black actresses like Theresa Randle, N’Bushe Wright, Alfre Woodard, Elise Neal, Lisa Nicole Carson and Lela Rochon. In the nineties, dozens of black actresses achieved crossover box office success. In the nineties, dozens of black actresses consistently worked. Currently there are only a small number of black actresses consistently working. It’s a fact, hollywood doesn’t want black actresses out shining, out classing and out acting white actresses.

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    August 18, 2017 at 1:04 am

    Black women you would be better off staying in school and becoming a doctor, lawyer, engineer or a barber. Leave hollywood alone. I do not want to see another black woman do the the Monster’s Ball. #HalleBerry

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    August 18, 2017 at 12:51 am

    Fact: There are no black actresses in the $20 million dollar club.

    Fact: Black actresses are the lowest paid actresses in hollywood

    The $20 million dollar club consists of actresses who have been paid $20 million dollars to star in a movie. There are at least six white actresses in the $20 million dollar club. #MakeOurOwnMovies #BlackOwnedBlackMoney

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