The day is not over. We would like to wish the amazing, beautiful, inspiration Angela Bassett a Happy Birthday. She turns a wonderful 55 years young today.
Angela Bassett was born in Harlem, New York, but raised in North Carolina and Florida. She is a graduate of Yale University, where she received her B.A. degree in African-American studies. She later gained a Master of Fine Arts degree from the Yale School of Drama. Basset has starred in many notable films and such as What’s Love Got to Do with It, Waiting to Exhale, The Rosa Parks Story, The Jacksons: An American Dream, and Notorious.
I love Angela Bassett. She has always portrayed the epitome of woman to me. She has portrayed on film and in person as a woman of strength. A woman, who has had her bruises and mistakes, but has overcome them and come out stronger than before.
I will never forget what she said in an interview a few years back. She was asked first to play the lead female role in the movie “Monsters Ball” that won the actress Halle Berry an Academy Award. However, she turned down the offer because of the nudity, graphic sex scene, and the degradation she felt the woman would be portraying.
I respect that. I respect that she did not cave into money and acclaim. She held her morals and beliefs high and disregarded materialism or vanity from changing her mind. She also expressed that she has turned down many movie offers that wanted her to take her clothes off, or play a victim. She is someone who knows who she is. Although, she is an actor, she does not accept roles that do not express or portray who she is, or send messages that she believes in.
Wow, she truly is a black woman who knows her worth. She is an actor. She makes her livelihood from acting. However, despite that she stays true to who she is. She does not succumb to others and that is a skill we can all use. Family, do not succumb to the beliefs and wants of others. Stay true to who you are. At the end of the day you have to be happy with who you are and what you are about. Do not let others quantify or create who you are or what you are about.
Remember you create the best and only vision of you. Like Angela embrace yourself shamelessly and love who you are. Happy Birthday, Angela Bassett. Thank You for being a champion of black women who know their worth. ~Know Your Worth~ -M. Millie
P.S. If 55 years old looks this great, I want to be 55 now! LOL!