As It Happens


Story by: Chuck Tackett

    “I’ve always felt like an oil stain that they needed to clean up and not a citizen they felt obligated to protect.”
Gabourey Sidibe
Actress, Activist, Author
In a recent interview, Sidibe revealed that before she won the role of Precious, actress Joan Cusack advised her that the entertainment industry was not for her and to quit. Further commenting on this revelation Sidibe divulged that Cusack leaned over her and expressed “Oh honey, you should really quit the business. It is so image conscious.” Black Woman Magic proved Joan Cusack wrong. Gabourey has found steady work in both film and television. Sidibe has been widely recognized for her roles in “Empire” and “American Horror Story”.
Black Woman Magic struck twice when in 2015, Sidibe confirmed she would be working on her memoir and it would be published by 2017. Her book “This Is Just My Face, Try Not To Stare” was published May 1st of this year. Her book is full of essays about her rise to fame, body image, and what’s it like to be her.
There’s an old adage that says, “Three Strikes and you’re out!” Gabourey once again proved Joan Cusack wrong with her Black Woman Magic. Sidibe recently made her directorial debut in the short film, “The Tale Of Four.” The film is based on Nina Simone’s 1966 song titled, “Four Women.” In working on that half hour movie, Gabourey proved that even in 2017, Black people are still battling inner demons, as well as outer demons because of racism and social injustice.
In the 8 years that we have become acquainted with Gabourey’s Black Woman Magic, she has proved that she is a source to be taken very seriously.
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