Nia Long confirmed Thandie Newton's claims that she was discriminated against during her audition for Charlie's Angels in 2000.
The 49-year-old actress told Insider she auditioned for the same role of Alex Munday for the movie, which ultimately went to Lucy Liu, opposite Cameron Diaz and Drew Barrymore.
According to Nia, after the audition, her agent notified her that she wasn't picked for the part because she "looked too old" to star alongside Drew - despite them only being four years apart.
"I was like, 'What?'" she said. "I love Drew Barrymore, I think she's amazing, but I think that was just a nice way to say you're a little too Black. Personally, that's what I think. Because if you notice there were no brown skin (actors in the movie). I mean, honestly, I would have been the blackest thing in the film."
Photo by WENN/Avalon
The mom-of-2 explained that, "the feedback that I received from my agent was, [Nia] just looked too old and sophisticated to be next to Drew Barrymore,' and I'm thinking to myself, it's an actor's choice to walk in the room how they want to look, but it's a director's vision to help create and curate a character."
Nia said she she dressed conservatively in a blazer, button down blouse and jeans for her audition.
"So if you couldn't see beyond the fact that I had on a blazer and a pair of jeans then that was clearly not the job and opportunity for me. So, no problem, I'll keep it moving."
Earlier this month, Thandie revealed she turned down the role due to her negative experience with director Joseph McGinty Nichol, known professionally as McG, during the audition process - which led to her believing she would be objectified.
Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty
A wide receiver who participated in Colin Kaepernick's NFL workout in Atlanta received a tryout of his own with the Cleveland Browns. Meanwhile, Kaepernick, 32, is still waiting for any team to call.
According to NFL reporter and talk show host Howard Balzer, wide receiver Jordan Veasy, got a private tryout with the Cleveland Browns.
Veasy, a former California Bear, caught passes from Kaepernick during his controversial workout at a high school in Atlanta earlier this month.
Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images
Kaepernick angered NFL execs when he switched the location of his workout at the last minute. His stunt "disappointed" Jay-Z who, along with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, arranged the workout for Kaepernick.
According to BET.com, "the Browns just signed J'Mon Moore to their practice squad, so it's unlikely they'll add Veasy as well."
The Browns are 5-6 on the year and could use help at the quarterback position. But Kaepernick's antics have shut the door on his chances to be a part of an NFL roster.
Do you want to be a movie star? Are you tired of recording Instagram or Snapchat videos hoping they go viral? Rapper Killer Mike has an opportunity for you to be apart of his new film "Killer Mike New Country".
Read more »
'Empire' creator Lee Daniels is reportedly auditing teenage girls to play a new character on Fox TV's 'Empire' named Betty Barz.
TVLine reports that the teenager who wins the role must be "moody, outspoken, and unapologetically butch" -- with emphasis on butch. Not unlike openly gay rapper Siya (pictured above) who stars in Oxygen's reality show, Sisterhood of Hip Hop.
Read more »
It's a good thing Nicki Minaj found fame and fortune as a rapper: she sucked at acting. An old video from Nicki's past surfaced online over the weekend.
Read more »
When transsexual video model Sidney Starr allegedly hooked up with washed up rapper Chingy, he saw the relationship as a fast track to stardom. But Sidney was passed over for a role on spin-off series Love & Hip Hop: Chicago. Without naming the show, Sidney vented his disappointment at producer Mona Scott-Young in an interview with Vlad TV.
Read more »
Photo: American Idol Worship
If this is old news I apologize, but I was not aware that American Idol winner Fantasia Barrino had a brother. Somehow I assumed she was an only child. According to American Idol Worship blog, the seventh season of American Idol begins tonight, and Fantasia's brother Ricco Barrino is one of the contestants.
According to them, Ricco is expected to win it all. I hear the major labels are in hot pursuit of the brotha. They say his voice sounds like a male version of Fantasia, whatever that means. I have never seen an episode of AI, so I'm counting on you guys to keep me up to speed on whether he wins it all or goes back to flipping burgers at White Castle.