Times have changed since 1940, when Gone with the Wind's Hattie McDaniel became the first Black actress to win an Academy Award — for playing a maid. These days, Black women have more prominent and diverse roles on the big screen, and are dominating the box office, too.
Girls Trip, a comedy with all Black leads, and directed by a Black actor, took home $30 million this weekend. Compare that to the $24.6 million that Bridesmaids made in its 2011 opening weekend, for further proof. We're not saying that Hollywood is as inclusive as it needs to be — far from it. Which is why we still get so excited to see promo shots and trailers of the leading ladies we love doing what they do best: slaying. Baby steps, right?