LOS ANGELES, September 21 (WNN) — people like us Star Yaya DaCosta said the show, which premieres on Tuesday, makes a social statement with her character’s profession. DaCosta plays Angela Vaughn, an entrepreneur who goes to Martha’s Vineyard to sell her hair products.
Dacosta, 38, said she was publicly ridiculed by straight-haired black women when she wore a curly Mohawk, or “fro-hawk.” At the Television Critics Association Zoom panel, DaCosta said that people like usOf course, she and her co-stars are “sacrificing the pressure of being one-of-a-kind.”
On the show, Angela makes her own shampoos and conditioners from her late mother’s formula, hoping to sell her products to the wealthy black community at Martha’s Vineyard.
DaCosta said the show is important in light of California’s CROWN Act, signed into law in 2019 to prevent discrimination against hair styles and textures, such as dreadlocks or “lox” for short. Angela faces personal drama at Martha’s Vineyard, but DaCosta maintains that the hairstyling background reflects social progress.
CROWN stands for Creating a Respectful and Open World for Natural Hair.
DaCosta said, “The Crown Act literally allows women with textured hair to be who we are, not to drop out of school, to not be forced to cut our places in corporate environments.” For.”
Angela moves to Martha’s Vineyard with her aunt, Patricia (Debby Morgan) and daughter, Nikki (Alana Bright). As they arrive, they upset the Franklin and DuPont families, whose company, Franklin Holdings, has made both families wealthy for generations.
Morgan, 65, and Dacosta, 38, previously co-starred all my Children As mother and daughter. Morgan said that she also felt pressure to wear straight hair wigs in earlier roles.
“When I read this script and saw how important this part of our culture was going to be to this show, I was just ecstatic,” Morgan said. “I think it’s very relevant today.”
The show is based on Lawrence Otis Graham’s 1999 non-fiction book about the black elite of Martha’s Vineyard. Karin Geist adapted the book, which bears the same name as the show, and created the fictional Franklin and DuPont families.
Produced by Empire creator Lee Daniels people like us. Daniels also directed Dacosta in the film, Servant.
Dacosta, who left the medical drama Chicago Medi After its sixth season, she said that she fell in love with Gist’s script for the way in which episodic issues were addressed in the drama between the Vaughns, Franklins and DuPonts.
“We’re playing with these serious topics, but we’re making them so fun and exciting and controversial,” Dacosta said.
DaCosta said the show’s celebration of natural hair is bigger than the cast of black actresses, noting that DaCosta said people like us Hired hairstylists who specialize in dark hair.
“Here’s also an opportunity for us to put our arms around these hairy people, these people who are taking care of our texture,” Dacosta said. “And give them a chance to shine.”
people like us airs Tuesdays at 9 p.m. EDT on Fox.