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Celebs Celebrate 'The Harder They Fall' For Its Portrayal Of Black Women & Cowboys
In just a little more than two weeks, audiences will see something they’ve likely never witnessed on screen before with the release of The Harder They Fall. The film from Jeymes Samuel centers Black men and women in the west not as subservient beings, but as gender-equal, gun-toting cowboys who take, provide, protect, and, most of all, answer to no one.
It’s a type of representation that was foreign even to one of the film’s stars, Regina King, who told ESSENCE on the red carpet for the LA premiere of the film, “I didn’t consider that that many of us existed as Black cowboys just because we’ve been omitted from that part of history in such a blatant way.”
Though Tina Knowles-Lawson and her husband Richard Lawson knew Black cowboys existed — they’re friends with real-life cowboy and actor Glynn Turman — their persistent omission from narratives, as King explained, has been equally disturbing to them.
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