Only 7 Black women have won oscars and all of them won for best supporting actress.
Hattie McDaniel won an oscar for playing an enslaved Black woman called Mammy in 1939.
The only one who didn’t win an oscar for playing an abusive/abused poor Black woman was Whoopi Goldberg and she was still the sidekick to the two main white characters.
Mo’Nique, Halle Berry, Octavia Spencer, and Jennifer Hudson all won for playing abusive/abused poor Black women.
Lupita Nyong’o won an oscar for playing an enslaved Black woman called Patsey in 2014.
We’ve come full circle and we’re still not the heroes of our own stories.