Eboni K. Williams examines being called 'angry' on 'Real Housewives of New York'

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Published on 15 Oct 2021, 16:00
After two decades of contributions to the genre and the culture — and an ongoing reckoning around racism in entertainment — it’s time to ask: What does reality TV owe Black women?

Black women have appeared as some of the genre’s most iconic stars and are the subject of quotes and memes that fuel Internet culture and social media discourse. But Black women are also often stereotyped as angry or too sensitive or ill-informed. Then, they’re sidelined and villainized.

“When you start defaulting to an angry label, for women of color in particular, it's an extraction of our humanity,” said Eboni K. Williams, the first Black cast member of Bravo’s “Real Housewives of New York.”

“Black women are the most misunderstood beings in American society. And I think reality TV, for better or for worse, can be a great opportunity to inform what that looks like.” Read more: wapo.st/3j5y65a. Subscribe to The Washington Post on YouTube: wapo.st/2QOdcqK

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