Can you imagine a Senegalese-American Liz Lemmon running 30 Rock? Black women in film and television have been crammed into the role of the stony-faced, long-suffering strong woman or the devilish diva with daddy issues and a thing for the drink. But what about all of us in between? What about the quirky black girl figuring things out and trying to make it through the world?
“I am an African grandmother, you can be as frank as you like.”
At 75, with make-up caked for the harsh television lights, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela is still beautiful. A necklace of thick pearls hangs from her neck. Below it, another of black pearls. She’s a gracious host, and soon journalists, camera crews, producers have forgotten the four hour wait.