In The Latest Entertainment News Of All Things Coco Jones

CoCo Jones of Peacock’s Bel-Air made a pit stop at “The Breakfast Club” detailing her journey from her beginnings in Tennessee to a child actor and landing the coveted role of Hillary Banks in the reimagining of the 90s sitcom. 

She opened up about how colorism in the Black community is still a placeholder in Hollywood when it comes to auditions saying, 

“There’s a lot of colorism in the industry. So I feel like a lot of it is just logical…it’s clear what they wanted. You know, it’s like you can see it, and as a kid, if somebody’s not explaining that to you can mess with your, like your [mind].”

As the conversation continued, Charlamagne Da God asked Jones about her reservations about auditioning for Hillary Banks due to colorism and opting for the role of 12-year-old Ashley Banks to play it safe, 

“I was like, why am I even trying for this?” she asked. “I go, can I audition for Ashley?”

The 25-year-old Def Jam artist also revealed getting the “okay” from Karyn Parsons who originated Hillary Banks, 

“And [Karyn Parsons] was telling me she was like, ‘I’m very picky. But you did your thing like, I commend it.’ I was like, thanks!”

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A Harvard study concluded that darker skinned women were categorically placed in “lower socioeconomic status, more punitive relationships with the criminal justice system, diminished prestige and less likelihood of holding elective office,” per The Hollywood Reporter

However, in an interesting take from fans of the original Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, “dark-skinned Aunt Viv” was favored for her on-screen portrayal by actress Janet Hubert. She would later be replaced by lighter-skinned actress Daphne Maxwell Reid in season four of the popular comedy. 

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Emil Flemmon

Èmil Flemmon is the Managing Editor for the 360 Baseline Movement. The Atlanta-based editor, red carpet interviewer, writer, and photographer, has had a career spanning over a decade in the editorial industry. His work has been featured in Kontrol Magazine, The Atlanta Voice, Blavity, Aspire TV, REVOLT, The Jasmine Brand, and Where Y'at Magazine in New Orleans. His mission is to help journalists and publicists have better connectivity and relationships exclusively through the movement.

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