By now Shonda Rhimes is a universally recognized name in the television industry, so her receiving the prestigious Sherry Lansing Leadership Award is one of many to follow. Her small-screen writing and production of Greys Anatomy, Scandal, and How to Get Away With Murder has gained her a prominence in the industry that few women have experienced in the past. Rhimes wears success well. Never does she forget to tip her hat to women of color across the board. Scandal lead, Tom Goldwyn states that Rhimes “redefine[s] the television landscape.” Social media posts, whether affirming the creative genius in Rhimes’s characters, or bristling over a particular scene attest that nothing about either of her three dynamic creations is ordinary. Check out video at: http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/shonda-rhimes-at-thrs-power-755878
“This moment right here, me standing up here all brown with my boobs and my Thursday night of network television full of women of color, competitive women, strong women, women who own their bodies and whose lives revolve around their work instead of their men, women who are big dogs, that could only be happening right now.
Think about it.
Look around this room. It’s filled with women of all colors in Hollywood who are executives and heads of studios and VPs and show creators and directors. There are a lot of women in Hollywood in this room who have the game-changing ability to say yes or no to something.
Shonda Rhimes is talented and bold in her woman hood. This may be why she has been able to produce such vibrant characters in her scripts. So does she have a right to be angry at the latest attack from New York Times critic, Alessandra Stanley? This has been the year for the #OYRchallenge. Our women, men, and children are coming out in force against racist stereotypes. The answer is so what if I am angry? I am human too or is that still in question? Alessandra Stanley, your green eyes are showing!
The Angry Black Woman is a racist trope used to deny black women their humanity. Black women aren’t allowed to be complicated — they’re just angry. Black women aren’t allowed to be upset or vulnerable — they’re just angry. Black women are not allowed justifiable reactions to the myriad of bullshit — racist, sexist and otherwise — that they face. Oh, you know those black ladies are just so angry all the time.