Underappreciated Actress of Color #30: Gina Ravera
Do not. Bring up. Showgirls....that train wreck was not her fault.
Besides, her braids were bangin', and she had one of the most fucked-up, trying scenes in the whole damn film. If that film could've one any kind of positive award, it would've gone to her. Not Gershon, not MacLachlan, and sure as hell not Berkley. Mm-mm. *shakes head* It would've been my woman right here, and if it didn't, someone would've gotten an earful.
I don't think Ms. Gina Ravera has been given her appropriate due. When James Spader and William Shatner drooled over her openly on an episode of Boston Legal, I thought, "Mm-hm...better bow down and show some love." When she donned a suit and got a role on The Closer, I thought, "Mm...that's cool. Chica belongs on the big screen. She is too fine for TV."
You know her. From Frasier to Star Trek: TNG to Soul Food to ER, this classically trained Blacktina dancer has done e'rything to make sure we know her name and that's she is here. I first noticed on her Frasier, where she's played a waitress. Even back then her braids were bangin' (Imma get these this summer; but I'm thinking a dark gold for me, you know? "Outdated" be damned).
Ms. Thang has since left The Closer, done an episode on Private Practice, and will be doing Heaven-knows-what next. All I know is that she is still fine and I better be seeing her in a film soon. *shakes head* At 43, this woman is still too fine to be confined to TV.