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Persia White Joins Cast Of "Vampire Diaries"

by Tambay A. Obenson
November 28, 2011 10:27 AM
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Persia White of Girlfriends fame has joined the cast of The Vampire Diaries - a show I'm not at all familiar with.

Anyone? Anyone?

I know it airs on the CW and not much else.

According to Entertainment Weekly, White will play Abby Bennett, the mother who abandoned Bonnie (Kat Graham).

The role will be a recurring one for Persia, and is described as "a beautiful but troubled woman who is burdened by the secrets of her past that led her to leave Bonnie. She’s also “as determined and fiery as any Bennett woman.” Is that code for “she’s also a witch,” or, perhaps, was there a reason we learned in last week’s episode that someone can be either a witch or a vampire but never both?"

I'm sure all that means something to somebody out there; just not me :)

Persia will begin appearing on the CW's top-rated show when it returns in January.

She will next be seen in the feature film Dysfucntional Friends, which we last wrote about HERE.

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  • Persia White | January 27, 2012 7:25 PMReply

    Ahhhhhh I LOVE reading all of your comments! and I agree with many of you on your questions...especially about the lack o black thing. Thats why it's so fantastic to be on the show! Things are going to get very interesting on VPD ;) ..... Trust!

    Persia White xxx

  • Shauntae | November 28, 2011 9:16 PMReply

    The show used to be decent, but it just got too messy with too many new characters over the past season and a half. I only watch if nothing else is on. However, Persia should be a good addition because Bonnie's usual storylines have her risking her life to cast dangerous spells to save the white characters. Also, it seems that Black characters only show up to later become vampire snacks, so I hope Persia's role has some complexity.

  • Dru | November 28, 2011 3:38 PMReply

    @LINDZ like ROB said Klaus' mother was a witch, the black ones were from the same familial line. @ROB the warlocks were black, well the son may have been biracial lol, but *shrug*. But I do think there was a black vampire that wasn't a main player during the whole "vampires escaping the tomb" season. And less we forget that Catherine's vampire best friend was Asian and her daughter was somewhat Asian lol...Robert Ri'chard may be a good addition and Persia fits the mold of a Bennett woman. But somebody should tell the CW that not all black people are light lol.

  • ROB | November 29, 2011 12:07 AM

    And The other race warlock I was talking about is Maddox (his name in the show)..Im sure he's white but I didn't want to assume anything lol.

  • Rob | November 28, 2011 11:46 PM

    I Agree! T.V does cast a lot of lighter Black people lol..and *Klaus* (spelled that I don't know if you're a fan of the Show ALPHAS that comes on the Syfy channel but Malik Yoba is one of the Main characters and I'm happy to see him on T.V. There definitely needs to be a change..Im in school for filming so hopefully I can be apart of that

  • Lindz | November 28, 2011 12:28 PMReply

    I actually love this show. I understand how all the witches have been ALL black people because it's hereditary or whatever, but how come they have NEVER had a black person on the show that isn't a witch. It's not like every white person on there is a vampire. And also, if there was interracial children somewhere along the line, don't you think that witches could be other races by now? Just a thought.

    However, looking forward to seeing how Bonnie's mother plays into the story. Moreso on a personal level for Bonnie.

  • Shauntae | November 28, 2011 9:26 PM

    There was one sister that worked at a roadside bar and was an "old friend" of Damon's that was the only normal sister I remember with a speaking role. Of course, she only lasted one episode.

  • Akimbo | November 28, 2011 8:14 PM

    There was an escaped tomb vamp who was black and a carnival worker who was compelled to instigate a fight with Uncle Werewolf. I think the black vampire escaped, but the carnival worker definitely got murked.

    I can't remember anyone else and haven't gotten to start the current season yet.

  • Rob | November 28, 2011 1:20 PM

    @LINDZ.....O and Witches are other races, Rebecca (Clouse sister) talked about her Mom being a witch. Also there was another race Warlock (male witch) that helped Clouse take over his own body when Clouse first came back.

  • rob | November 28, 2011 1:13 PM

    @LINDZ....I never payed attention that they never had a NORMAL black person. Now that I think about it, they never had a Black VAMPIRE/WOLF/HYBRID that stuck around or had a major role (correct me if Im wrong). But I like the show and supposedly ROBERT RI'CHARD is suppose to join the show as a love interest for BONNIE so we'll see what the creators decide to make him!

  • AfroStyling | November 28, 2011 11:55 AMReply

    Wel...i wouldn't get too attached. They have a habit of killing off POC on that show. I fell in love with Jasmine Guy and of course they got rid of her. Black people dont last long on that show. 2 Episodes tops!

  • Tamara | November 28, 2011 12:04 PM

    I totally forgot about Jasmine starring! Now I remember ;-)

  • Tamara | November 28, 2011 11:00 AMReply

    I love Persia. So glad to see the series is at least trying to give character, "Bonnie" more story. I watched season one. It will definitely hook you. I love "Bonnie" but noticed all too soon that the writers would do what they normally do and that's either downplay the full history of the past in those flashbacks. Actress Bianca Lawson starred in a couple flashback episodes; an ancestor of Bonnie's and yes, they are witches. There's a legacy of Bonnie's family, the women, being connected to Elena and of course to the Salvatore brothers and this town. I haven't viewed season 2; am hesitant to do so because I've read of what happens (or what doesn't happen) with Bonnie's character. I'm all for characters for rooting for black females in lead roles especially on shows like this that's both mainstream and cult. Persia will be a great addition simply because she's Persia. LOL. And because, again, Bonnie's role is important and should be explored more. Also fandom is vicious. The writers tried to give Bonnie a romantic lead in Elena's brother, Jeremy and the nutjobs went beserk calling her everything under the sun and beyond. It's amazing the reaction of folks to 'change'. Also, Katerina Graham is awesome and a better actor than some of the others on the show---definitely prettier. But I'm so biased.

  • Tamara | November 28, 2011 11:08 AM

    *downplay (ignore) the full history of the character or rewrite it (revisionist) to more support the lead's story...

    Bonnie's just too awesome to be ignored!

  • Akimbo | November 28, 2011 10:58 AMReply

    I'm a fan of the show, but I'm several episodes behind. White has acted the same in everything I've seen her do, so it will be very interesting to see her tackle drama. Maybe they want the character to be a Lisa Bonet-ish "earthy weirdo" type, because there are lots of out of work actresses who could pass as Kat Graham's mother. Shallow side note: What has Persia done to her poor nose?

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