Girls Trip, the buddy comedy adventure starring Queen Latifah, Jada Pinkett Smith, Regina Hall and Tiffany Haddish, made over $30 million in its first weekend. Debuting at No. 2 behind Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk, the fact that the film was a box office smash is a pretty big deal — Hollywood has a diversity problem, and making it big in the comedy world as a black woman is no easy feat. “I think Issa is a beautiful example of ‘You’re not going to give me any real estate? Fine. I’m going to make it,’” Tracee Ellis Ross said of Issa Rae, whose HBO series Insecure generated a lot of buzz with its Season 2 premiere the same weekend. “There is revolution going on.”
In light of that aforementioned revolution, The Los Angeles Times spoke with 18 black women comedians about navigating Hollywood and the importance of representation on-screen. Check it out here.