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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…




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Evette Dionne

Evette Dionne

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

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