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To assimilate or not to assimilate?: Teyonah Parris on the truth behind her "Dear White People" character

"Survivor's Remorse" doesn't portray the universal black experience -- because there isn't one

Starz’s new series “Survivor’s Remorse” has an “Entourage”-y vibe with a dose of family drama. The series centers around Cam Calloway — a basketball prodigy who just signed a multimillion dollar contact in the NBA — and his family as they navigate the limelight both inspired and burdened by the community they came from.

Teyonah Parris plays Missy, the socially conscious wife of Cam’s cousin/manager Reggie Vaughn. Missy often feels out of place with Cam’s bottom-line bottom-dollar family.

Fusion’s Alicia Menendez sat down with Parris to talk about whether or not she and the cast of “Survivor’s Remorse” ever get pushback for not portraying a universal black experience.

“No race can be represented by one show,” Parris told Menendez. “I think that’s awesome [because] you then realize that not all black people are alike.”

That authenticity to portraying one particular experience and not speaking for some sort of universal black American experience is something Parris takes into account when selecting her roles, and was part of the reason she was drawn to both “Survivor’s Remorse” and “Dear White People.”

“These aren’t stereotypical types of people,” she told Menendez. “All of the characters have depth and layers and they’re complex and they’re not just one thing.”

For the full interview with Teyonah Parris, watch here:

Credit: Victoria Moreno and Johanna Rojas

"Survivor's Remorse" doesn't portray the universal black experience -- because there isn't one

Starz’s new series “Survivor’s Remorse” has an “Entourage”-y vibe with a dose of family drama. The series centers around Cam Calloway — a basketball prodigy who just signed a multimillion dollar contact in the NBA — and his family as they navigate the limelight both inspired and burdened by the community they came from.

Teyonah Parris plays Missy, the socially conscious wife of Cam’s cousin/manager Reggie Vaughn. Missy often feels out of place with Cam’s bottom-line bottom-dollar family.

Fusion’s Alicia Menendez sat down with Parris to talk about whether or not she and the cast of “Survivor’s Remorse” ever get pushback for not portraying a universal black experience.

“No race can be represented by one show,” Parris told Menendez. “I think that’s awesome [because] you then realize that not all black people are alike.”

That authenticity to portraying one particular experience and not speaking for some sort of universal black American experience is something Parris takes into account when selecting her roles, and was part of the reason she was drawn to both “Survivor’s Remorse” and “Dear White People.”

“These aren’t stereotypical types of people,” she told Menendez. “All of the characters have depth and layers and they’re complex and they’re not just one thing.”

For the full interview with Teyonah Parris, watch here:

Credit: Victoria Moreno and Johanna Rojas

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