Fans Rage After THG Star Dismisses the Impact of Film Starring Black Women

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People are NOT happy with Elizabeth Banks, and they’re 100 percent justified in their feelings. The 43-year-old actress and self-proclaimed feminist recently accepted an award from Women in Film and used the opportunity to call out an Oscar-winning male director for his lack of women-led movies.

“I went to Indiana Jones and Jaws and every movie Steven Spielberg ever made, and by the way, he’s never made a movie with a female lead,” she said on stage, according to The Wrap. “Sorry, Steven. I don’t mean to call your ass out, but it’s true.”

The Hunger Games star seemingly forgot about The Color Purple, however, but when someone mentioned that the 70-year-old was behind that one, too, she allegedly “moved on” quickly. Here’s the thing — Elizabeth’s point is valid. Of the 30 feature films that were directed by Mr. Spielberg, only three have a female actress at the helm. But here’s the other thing — The Color Purple, which starred Whoopi Goldberg, Oprah Winfrey and Margaret Avery, was nominated for several Academy Awards and is arguably one of the greatest stories of all time. The fact that she dismissed it as such made some people feel like she was also dismissing movies with African-American women as the stars as being legit and deserving of respect.

It definitely would be amazing for big directors like SS to create more female-led films, but that’s not to say the ones he already made, such as TCP, should be ignored.

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8 Black Actors Who are the Main Character on a Disney Channel TV Show:


Zendaya

Zendaya has been the lead on not one, but two shows on Disney Channel over the course of her career. We were first introduced to her on Shake It Up! in 2010, on which she starred alongside Bella Thorne. Since 2015, she's played the title character on the series K.C. Undercover. Both roles allowed her to showcase her star power, and gave Disney a much-needed chance to make the network more diverse once again.

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Raven-Symone

Who could ever forget the amazing show that was That's So Raven? A show about a teenage psychic and her friends, and how they managed to get themselves into the craziest predicaments, but somehow still stay friends in the end. For a girl who could see the future, her gift got her into more trouble than anything else. Now, Disney is even bringing the show back for an untitled spin-off soon, so stay tuned for more crazy antics!

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Kyle Massey

That's So Raven was so great that they even gave Kyle Massey his own spin-off called Cory in the House. Although the show didn't do that great and only lasted two seasons, it at least gave us Jason Dolley and Maira Walsh, so it was definitely worth it. The series took place in D.C., after Mr. Baxter was hired to be a chef at the White House. It was a big stretch, but at least Disney gave Kyle the chance to be the star of his own show. While it didn't turn out as great as the world had hoped, it definitely opened doors for more African-American-led comedies to be made in the future.

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Skai Jackson

Skai Jackson played a supporting role on the show Jessie, before being offered one of the lead roles on the spin-off series Bunk’d. She is still playing the same character, only this time she is a little older, a little wiser and even more talented. It's a show about a summer camp, but somehow it really works and proves that Skai might even be able to handle her own lead show on Disney someday. Maybe, just maybe, they’ll give us one.

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China Anne McClain

A.N.T. Farm is probably one of the best Disney shows of the last decade. It featured China Anne McClain as a musical prodigy who was a part of a group of students chosen to attend the local high school's advanced group. A.N.T. stood for Advanced Natural Talents, and each of the characters had their own special gifts. It painted her as a genius, and was a great way to show off her incredible musical chops.

China is tapped to star in Descendants 2, but we're hoping to see her in a lead role on the small screen sometime soon.

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Brandon Mychal Smith

BMS is no stranger to Disney Channel. He has starred on a lot of their programming over the years. Everything from That's So Raven to Phil of the Future, until he landed a coveted spot on Sonny with a Chance, as a supporting star ('cause, obvi, it was Demi Lovato's show), and then went on to star on the spin-off series of So Random!. The program was, sadly, short-lived, but definitely one of the funniest sketch comedy shows on Disney.

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Lee Thompson Young

The Famous Jett Jackson was unlike any show of its kind when it first debuted in 1998. It followed the life of Jett Jackson, who played a teenage secret agent on a fictional TV show called Silverstone. The show had three seasons, and even a fabulous TV movie, plus it definitely made Lee Thompson Young a star, and opened the doors for a lot of future African-American-led content to be made on the network.

Sadly, the talent committed suicide in 2013.

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Kyla Pratt

Kyla Pratt had a lot of major film and television roles throughout the early 2000s. Although she has since slowed down a little, we will never forget her lead role on the animated series The Proud Family, a series about family, friendship and how awkward teenage life can be. Kyla was a hilarious addition to the Disney family, and was definitely a force to be reckoned with when it came to her acting chops.

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