For Women’s History Month, Jezebel and The Root are partnering for JezeRoot, a series that focuses on women of color, domestic workers, and sex workers.
A biopic is currently in development for Hattie McDaniel, who played “Mammy” in Gone With the Wind and was the first black person to receive an Academy Award in 1939.
Oscar winner Hattie McDaniel famously said she would rather get paid $700 a week for playing a maid than $7 for being one, after civil rights groups criticized the portrayal of black characters in Gone With The Wind. Seventy years later, The Help and Viola Davis are enmeshed in a similar controversy.
The first African-American actress to win an Academy Award (for her role as Mammy in Gone With The Wind) is, alas, no longer with us — but if she were, today would be her 116th birthday. Raise a glass — or perhaps some kind of spiked popsicle, since it's so damn hot — in her honor tonight.