Ryan Destiny Pens Letter To Black Actresses In Hollywood
Ryan Destiny, one of the lead actresses of Star, a Fox drama series, wrote an open letter to young black actresses in Hollywood. After actress Vanessa Morgan spoke about being paid the least on the Riverdale series and Samantha Ware mentioned Lea Michele’s treatment of her on the Glee set, Destiny decided to speak up as well.
On her Twitter account, she mentioned that she was inspired to share her thoughts by Amber Riley, a former Glee star.
? I started #UnMUTEny to give black artists, actors, musicians, and creatives in general, a space where they can liberate themselves and tell their stories. @JarrettHill started #Everyday because he wanted EVERYONE to be able to liberate themselves! So follow the movement!
— Amber Patrice Riley (@MsAmberPRiley) June 8, 2020
“Without her support and encouragement, I’m sure I would’ve remained fearful on this subject. Everything you do does not go unseen sis.” Destiny tweeted to Amber Riley.
“This message is to my fellow Black sisters in particular… This goes for any career or work space but I’m speaking from my own experience.” Destiny began. “If you are just now entering Hollywood in any form or plan to… and at some point experience discrimination, appropriation, racism, colorist, microaggressions, even if sometimes sadly by your own people… speak up for yourself. I didn’t do that. Not nearly as much as I should have. Educate yourself even more. I didn’t do that. The times I wanted to perfectly articulate exactly how I felt but didn’t know how, frustrated me. Do not continue to ‘brush it off’ to keep a ‘job’ or to not piss off ‘powerful people’. You. Hold. Your. Own. D**m. Power. KNOW. YOUR. WORTH. You do not NEED anyone who contributes to the ongoing passive, tolerated behavior of this white favored industry.”
Going on she said; “It’s easier to stay silent because we’ve all seen what happens when Black people hold people accountable. We’re the “problem.” We lose deals. We lose industry relationships. We lose roles. We lose opportunities. We lose support. All because companies and people don’t want to be held accountable. I refuse to be compliant… I will stand up for me and the ones that need it in these rooms and spaces… Social media support is not going to cut it. KEEP THIS SAME ENERGY IN REAL LIFE. That is only the way true change will happen.”
Brittany O’Grady and Jude Demorest, Ryan’s co-stars on Star, commended her for speaking up and co-signed the post.