Hollywood must move beyond tokenism in its treatment of black people.

Jodie Turner-Smith, a Hollywood star, stated that the film industry should go beyond having black faces on the screen and include diverse people at all levels.

Henry VIII, the British actor Anne Boleyn’s wife, was astounded by how few people work in colour behind the scenes in a new television series of the same name!

At the Cannes Film Festival, where her new sci-fi film, After Yang, premiered, she told a “Women in Motion” panel that Hollywood should stop trying to tell black people’s stories without hiring diverse actors.

“You have to hire producers who know how to tell these stories and honour them, so you don’t end up with things that feel like tokenism or weird stereotyping,” the “Queen & Slim” star explained.

“It’s like (as the producer repeatedly says) ‘We’re going to tell a black people story,’ but the writers’ room isn’t full of black people or women.” She also stated that some fundamentals are sometimes missing.

“When you decide to cast and hire colour actors, you must find people who know how to do make-up, hair, and lighting,” she explained.

Turner-Smith, 34, who collaborates with “White Noise” director Noah Baumbach of “Marriage Story,” believes that theatre, film, and television are coming to terms with how Black actors are used.

She received praise for her portrayal of the destined English Queen, Anne Boleyn, in the Channel 5 series. “I certainly expected people to feel that way,” she explained.

Robbery inside the hotel room

“We’ve seen for many years that people of various ethnic backgrounds play characters in theatre, but it’s much less common in TV and film.”

While in Cannes, the actress was a victim of cat burglars, and police investigated a jewellery robbery from her hotel room.

Turner-Smith wore eye-catching Gucci gold and diamond gems to Thursday’s “After Yang” red carpet premiere. It’s unclear whether the missing jewellery was Jodi Smith’s or some other actress’s.

Her mother’s wedding ring is said to be among the loot. “I didn’t think I’d spend 2.5 hours at a police station on my last day in Cannes,” she tweeted last Sunday.


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