Daniel Kaluuya Talks New 'Dark Skin Society' Members, Plus Bianca Lawson, the Cast of 'Run the World


The 53rd NAACP Awards hosted by Black-ish star Anthony Anderson aired on February 26, and it was jam-packed with fan-favorites from the entertainment industry. What a way to end Black History Month.

Prior to the show, Baller Alert spoke with Daniel Kaluuya, who won Outstanding Supporting Actor for his role in Judas and the Black Messiah. Along with "Get Out," the star has featured in several movies highlighting race issues and black trauma.

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In an exclusive interview, Kuluuya shared ways the entertainment industry can include more Black and Brown people on-screen.

"We have to stop asking and get organized," he said. "If we want to see more of us on-camera, we also need to be off-camera. We need to be in those positions of power off-camera to help each other."

Kaluuya also said he and "Snow Fall" star Damson Idris recruited Jamie Fox to be a "Dark Skin Society" member. The fictitious society is something the two created for fun, highlighting all of the industry's successful, handsome, dark-skinned black men.

Bianca Lawson, Cree Summer, and Starz's Run The World cast also joined Baller on The 53rd NAACP Image Awards Carpet.

Corbin Reid, Amber Stevens, and Erika Alexander discussed the NAACP Image Awards' impact on the Black community. "We're often trying to be honored in predominately white spaces, and the NAACP Image awards allow us to be seen," said Reid. "Not that we don't deserve to be seen in white spaces, but sometimes we go unnoticed, and as a community, we deserved to be validated."

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Stevens shared her reaction when she received the call to do the show. "I was shocked that producers wanted me to portray a girl in Harlem and questioned if I could do it," she said. "As a black woman, growing up in Los Angeles in a predominately white area, I never really knew if I was white enough or black enough. I didn't know who I was."

She continued, "It was my own limitations that I put on myself based on how society made me feel. Towards the end of season one, I burst into tears because I didn't release how important this was to me and my culture."

Bianca Lawson, who has starred on OWN's Queen Sugar since it premiered in September 2016, told Baller Alert correspondent Angie B about the perks of having an "ageless career" for the past 20 years.

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"I think that's what every artist wants. To get to embody all of the different facets of being human," said Lawson. The fact that I've got to reach so many different people through different characters and ages is a dream. I love when people say 'I grew up with you.'"

Many people recognize the 42-year-old from popular TV shows such as Pretty Little Liars and The Vampire Diaries. However, more recently, she's taken on the role of Darla in Queen Sugar. Lawson said that although her character has gone through a lot of trauma, she'll be off to a positive start in the seventh and final season.

Cree Summer, who is best known for playing Winifred "Freddie" Brooks on the NBC sitcom A Different World, dropped by to tell us what she's learned about herself in the past few years. "I'm now a mother of two girls, and I've learned that it takes real-time, compassion, and attention to be someone's momma," she said. "I've also learned that this is the greatest job of my life."

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Summer is the voice of Susie Carmichael throughout most versions of Rugrats, and Last year, Paramount + announced the revival of the classic Nickelodeon serious for Season 2.

The revival, which follows the titular tots and their imaginative shenanigans, will feature original cast members like Summers, E.G., Daily, Nancy Cartwright, Cheryl Chase, and Kath Soucie as Tommy, Chuckie, Angelica, Susie, Phil, and Lil.

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