Duchess Meghan has released a new episode of her Spotify podcast Archetypes. Prince Harry's wife is addressing the stereotype of the "angry black woman" this time with actress, producer and director Issa Rae, as revealed in the title of the episode.
Rae had already touched on the topic in 2018 on the TV show "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert". At the time, she explained that she's more afraid of upsetting someone in the entertainment industry, but that doesn't necessarily get you anywhere. Especially as a woman, "your career is kind of over" once you're labeled as "difficult". Because then it is “as if everyone says that it is difficult to work with her”. But she once got the advice: "Don't be afraid to be a B--ch".
"You are allowed to be special," Meghan interjects. "Just say what you need. You are allowed to set a boundary. You are allowed to be clear. It doesn't make you demanding. It doesn't make you difficult."
Meghan also asks Issa Rae if she thinks she can be angry at certain moments. "Absolutely not," is Rae's reply. Neither as a black woman nor as a public figure could she lose her calm. Many people were just looking to justify their ideas about you.
But she is angry sometimes. She then shares her frustration with people she trusts. However, she also wants to finish it quickly and prefers to work on putting things in order. "But I want to be allowed to have that emotion because it's natural," says Rae.