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Stuck in the Role of the 'Black Best Friend'?

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Stuck in the Role of the 'Black Best Friend'?

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Are black actresses are more often cast as sassy sidekicks than as leading ladies?

Los Angeles Times reporter Greg Braxton talks about why he feels that black actresses are frequently cast as the leading lady's best friend, but rarely as the leading lady.

In his recent article, "Hollywood loves BBFs 4-Ever," Braxton points out how often black actresses play the trusty, sassy sidekick.

Greg Braxton, author of "Hollywood loves BBFs 4-Ever," published in The Los Angeles Times

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