ZORA
Published in

ZORA

Hollywood Wasn’t Ready for Natalie Desselle

The late actress was relegated to roles as the fat and funny sidekick, but she could’ve been so much more

Natalie Desselle wearing a black dress at a movie premiere.
Natalie Desselle at a red carpet premiere. Photo: John Shearer/Getty Images

Robert Townsend’s 1997 film, B.A.P.S., is one of the most beloved films in the canon of Black comedies for good reason: It follows Nisi (Halle Berry) and Mickey (Natalie Desselle), two waitresses working in a…

--

--

--

A publication from Medium that centers the stories, poetry, essays and thoughts of women of color.

Recommended from Medium

Plum Viewing

From Maenads to Girls: Renaming and Adapting The Bacchae

Inspirational Women In Hollywood: How Actress Danielle Larracuente Is Helping To Shake Up The…

Sci-Fi : A most important art form * Adventures in Creativity

The Tale of Two Fifties: Part 2

“Mother Knows Best” Top 10 Greatest Sitcom Mothers of All Time.

Joe Rogan and Sir Roger Penrose

Sorry, Millennials Aren’t Going to Have a “MidLife Crisis”

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store
Evette Dionne

Evette Dionne

Journalist. Critic. Editor-in-chief of Bitch Media. National Book Award-nominated author. Always reading and learning.

More from Medium

To Sidney, with Love

Photo of Sidney Poitier being hugged by President Barack Obama after receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom

Why The End of “Insecure” Is Just The Beginning

In Josephine Baker’s Activism, Black Joy and Struggle Live Side by Side

“The Voice” Ethnic Cliff