Tasha Smith is known for her no-nonsense role as Angela in Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married? Now, in Perry's new TBS sitcom For Better or Worse, audiences will get a more complete view of Angela and her marriage. The 41-year-old actress recently sat down with Black Enterprise to talk about the show, stereotypes about angry Black women, and Black role models.
"They are going to see more of a balance. Angela’s home life is something they didn’t get to see in Why Did I Get Married? because she and Marcus were always traveling. She won’t just be going off and acting crazy, which I don’t really feel is her going off and being crazy as much as it is that she’s passionate and committed to her husband and marriage," Smith says. "Of course, Angela has some maturing to do, but a lot of women are insecure and fearful of abandonment, which makes them destructive and reactive. So people will see her as a wife, entrepreneur and mother as well as see her trying to change and do what’s right."
Smith also talked about criticisms that her character enforces the negative stereotype that Black women are angry and loud.
"Any woman who has been in a relationship and has experienced anything close to what Angela and Marcus have knows things happen. Angela’s passionate, and if people give [the show] a chance, they will see how she matures as we all do. [Audiences] are going to identify with a lot of the different relationships. I want them to enjoy, laugh and be inspired."
As far as her outside projects, Smith has just released a unisex fragrance called "Us" and she and her husband, Keith Douglas, have launched the Speaking Bureau Institute to create opportunities for Black personalities who want to pursue motivational speaking.
"I don’t believe enough Black talent is sought for these opportunities. Not that it’s only African-American talent, but we are focused on creating that voice in that space," she says.
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