Described as a prominent business woman and friend of Lisa Raye’s character Keisha, Raquel will join the show “looking for passion.”
According to executive producer Queen Latifah, Vasi is a “perfect addition to the cast” and “will bring a fun, new element to the show.”
Editor’s Note: Urban/Black shows get less black when it comes to the women every day. Though these shows are aimed and marketed towards black women, the chances of seeing a woman who looks even remotely like a sista is slim to none.
A cast of women with one white or other non black parent just doesn’t wash with me anymore. I want some color- some real color. In other words- I want to see me, just as whites, latinos and other races want to see people who look like them represented on their television shows.
Vasi is a mixture of Puerto Rican, Doiminican and Greek- which if you can believe it- will easily be passed off a black/African-American. It is what those in the media call multi-cultural casting, which I actually have no problem with if it didn’t seem as if this sort of casting wasn’t being used to specifically EXCLUDE black women from being reprsented in their communities.
Black women need to boycott this show and Hollywood in particular. If we don’t we are signing our own death certificates. We are allowing ourselves- our true black/African selves to be erased and replaced with a watered down version of us that is deemed “less offensive” by the masses.
In closing let me say that there should be a standard for blackness just as there is for whitness. Are we so insignificant that just anyone can be us? Can a woman who looks white really be called a black/African woman? Can a woman who looks Asian really be called a black/African woman?
Something to think about…
I could rant about this forever but for now I am done.