Halle Berry, the only black actress to win an Oscar for a lead performance, unveiled her own take on the controversy that has enveloped Hollywood over the lack of diversity. The AP reports that Berry, asked about the issue during an appearance at the AOL women’s leadership program the Makers Conference, said the problem stems from a lack of honesty in the movie industry.
“The films, I think, that are coming out of Hollywood aren’t truthful,” Berry said. “The reason they’re not truthful these days is they aren’t really depicting the importance and the involvement and the participation of people of color in our American culture.”
“She she said she’s heartbroken her victory for 2001’s ‘Monster’s Ball’ didn’t lead to more women of color being cast in leading roles,” the AP reports. Berry added: “Our cities are filled with black and brown people. And many times, unfortunately, we see films that are set in Chicago, New York, Atlanta — big metropolitan cities — and they’re devoid of people of color. … If we’re telling the truth, inclusion and diversity will be a byproduct of the truth.”