Don’t let her enchanting smile and innocent beauty fool you, Jurnee Smollett-Bell isn’t just another pretty Hollywood face. As the star of WGN America’s hit series Underground, the 30-year-old actress represents for our enslaved ancestors who never stopped fighting for freedom and fairness.
Ebony goes one-on-one with the actress and activist to learn more about colorism in Hollywood, the second season of Underground and the importance of activism, especially now. While many celebrities are just now finding their voice on social justice issues, Smollett-Bell was “woke” before it became a popular term. One of the topics she tackles is the reality of bias toward lighter skinned women in Hollywood and beyond.