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Danielle Brooks ('Orange Is The New Black') Says She Will Be The First Black Woman On 'Girls'

by Tambay A. Obenson
September 13, 2013 5:30 PM
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Danielle Brooks
Of course you’re going to get to see a lot of Taystee in season two and I just shot an episode of ‘Girls’ for HBO. I will be the first Black woman to be on ‘Girls,’ so that’s exciting for me. Other than that I just don’t know. I’m hoping Melissa McCarthy will hit a sister up.

Words from Danielle Brooks, co-star of Netflix's original hit series Orange Is the New Black, in a recent interview with Ebony, when she was asked what's next for her.

I already shared my thoughts on the entire Lena Dunham Girls "lack of diversity" nonsense last year (read that post HERE if you missed it), and lots of you had plenty to say as well. So I won't rehash, and will instead just say, congrats to Brooks on booking the gig, which should only help further raise her profile. 

She doesn't say what exactly the role is, so we'll just have to wait to find out.

I'm surprised there wasn't a formal announcement that she'd booked a role on the show, given how popular it is, and all the controversy around its insular casting, and also the fact that Brooks happens to be on one of the most talked about new TV series, in Orange Is The New Black, which was renewed for a second season.

Maybe we just missed the news...

Recall that it was earlier this year when Donald Glover appeared on a few episodes of Girls, as star Lena Dunham's black Republican love interest.

Read the Ebony interview HERE.

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  • Akimbo | September 15, 2013 8:21 PMReply

    She's not the first black woman to be on the show, though. There was controversy about the Jamaican nannies and I think there's been at least one other negress with a speaking role, so I don't know what she's talking about. Good for her, though.

  • FactChecker | September 14, 2013 8:15 PMReply

    @Amari: I still don't know who she is.
    @UM ...Ditto. Being on a wannabe S&C extra, extra, extra lite isn't something to crow about.

  • Mark & Darla | September 14, 2013 2:55 PMReply

    Sister got an additional acting gig while acting in another show, smell like success.

  • beemooree | September 13, 2013 6:19 PMReply

    Tambay I love your attitude and feelings towards your ppl

  • gsjoprima | September 13, 2013 6:06 PMReply

    If your old article is nonsense then what does that say about a show in it's fourth season just now introducing a black woman to it's world? That article kind of rings true at this point. But I get the arguments against that claim.

    Everyone's backed down from criticizing Girls, it seems mostly, out of fear. There's a devotion to this show's success that seems almost unbearably powerful by it's fanbase. I think people have and are making good points about a show that's not particularly as funny or honest as much as it is over the top-down to earth. Anyone the age of the people on the show, especially women, should give a shit that hers is the representation that everyone's getting of who our generation is, and it's completely baffling. But you can't just blame Lena. She was born rich. She knows what she knows and that's her show. But that's no excuse for her to not know any better.

  • Tracey | September 16, 2013 3:43 PM

    Just saw season 1 of Girls on DVD recently (perfection), saw Tiny Furniture when it first came out, and I've got to say that Lena is an excellent writer, and should put whomever she wants on the show, as long as it feels organic to her characters' world. Maybe it's just me, but their characters wouldn't attract a lot of black friends IRL...I probably wouldn't have been able to tolerate any of those chicks when I was their age. Also, people act like there weren't any people of color at all in her shots--see the crazy BK warehouse party ep and the wedding ep. It's HBO and she should take as many creative risks as possible. Whatever feels right to her, as long as she isn't shoehorning in someone whose character doesn't really work (a' la Jennifer Hudson in SATC) to address controversy.

  • UM | September 13, 2013 5:49 PMReply

    "I will be the first Black woman to be on ‘Girls,’ so that’s exciting for me." Really? That's exciting for you. Um, okay.

  • Boone | September 14, 2013 12:32 AM


  • CC | September 13, 2013 6:41 PM

    "and not just get stuck as being known for one thing, hey it is something to be happy about?"

    Easy greasy before you slip and break your neck. I with UM, being the first "black", in and of itself is nothing to cheer about, the devil is in the details. Consequently, your statement begs the question, "what will see be known for other than being the black chick in a thankless position". In other words, what's the details of her role on Girls that's so different than OITNB? She'll always be black, right, but then what?

  • Amari | September 13, 2013 6:12 PM

    Considering she wasn't even known before OITNB, any other opportunity to get her name out there and not just get stuck as being known for one thing, hey it is something to be happy about?

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