Kerry Washington Essence cover

Even though 2012 just started Kerry Washington is having a great year. The Bronx native just celebrated her 35th birthday, she’s gearing up for her starring role in Shonda Rhimes’ upcoming dramatic series “Scandal” and she just snagged Essence magazine’s coveted “Black Women In Hollywood” cover.

Despite all of the obstacles facing black actresses, Washington says it’s still a good time for black women in the biz.

“I think it’s a really special time to be a woman of color in this business. The landscape of who has the power is changing,” she told Essence. “We are in more influential positions and are able to have a say in the stories that are told. I feel very lucky to be in the business now…”

Perhaps she’s onto something. Although Oscar nominee Viola Davis recently spoke candidly about the lack of quality roles for black women in the business, with writers like Shonda Rhimes, ‘Pariah’s’ Dee Reese, and award-winning director Ava DuVernay on the scene, things might be changing.

What do you think of the Essence cover?

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  • Iunno what Kerry is on about—–> great time to be in Hollywood, because there are TWO black people nominated for Oscars?!

    Nyhoo, Happy Belated. Cover is great, but she looks a little preggo to me.

  • MarloweOverShakespeare

    You are so right Kerry. The game is changing.

  • fuchsia

    Kerry is definitely my favorite actress for a while now. I love the cover and I can dig what she’s saying about it being a good time to be a Black woman in Hollywood. She’s being positive and her style is always amazing. Congrats on making it on the cover!

  • Alexandra

    I’m not really a fan of her looks (permanent pout), but the cover looks great.
    I do love her as an actress and I wish her luck in the changing film biz.

  • She is the first black actress to say something completely positive about being a black actress in a while.