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Naturi Naughton: Mad Men's Newest Star!

Naturi Naughton: Mad Men's Newest Star!

Naturi Naughton, who starred in the 2009 remake of Fame, will guest star on the Sunday, September 26th episode of the Emmy winning drama Mad Men.

This marks the first time that an African-American actor will appear on the show who isn’t serving in a domestic capacity (maid, butler, busboy). Quite an honor!

We wonder what Naturi’s character is going to be like! Don’t forget to set your TiVos!!!

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Liv lraynge @ 09/22/2010 at 7:03 pm

Just Jared you are RACIST. Rewrite your friggin post. Why would you say the first time an african American isn’t a maid or butler? Y’all americans are fools and people from other countries laugh at your idiot behavior. Get it together it’s 2011 for god sake

Angel....ina @ 09/22/2010 at 7:10 pm

I hope she doesn’t play a “ghetto” “loud mouth”, “uneducated”, “*****” like the rest of America portray us black girls to be, if that’s the case everyone involve can get lost.

I CANNOT WAIT to see who she plays.

in a previous season, a main character (copywriter) had an african american girlfriend. it is incorrect to say all african americans on the show are portrayed in that manner.

Allison, I will check out Alan’s blog on Mad Men. Cool. Your background is perfect for understanding the complexity of Mad Men. I agree with you. It’s fun to go back and watch episodes a second time because there are so many subtleties. Can’t wait for this week’s episode!

@WOW!:

it was the 60s, that’s how things were unfortunately. some people are so dense jeez

This show is not for the ‘passe’ “activists” who pretend to stick their noses into some sort of cause just to sound important… For lovers of Historical Fiction like me, this show is like crack! i absolutely love it! I myself am a hardcore feminist but it doesn’t bother me that women are treated like animals in this show because Matthew Weiner is sticking true to the times and not sugar-coating the 60′s like most Hollywood films do! Also, Paul did in fact have a black girlfriend for a while who dumped him as i recall for getting too involved in the equal rights movement. If anything this show illustrates how far Americans have come from the horrific standards set a half century ago to today and we still have a long way to go. This show is great and i love seeing the progression of the times and the characters :)

@Liv lraynge:

that’s true for the show, they are only shown in that capacity as it set in the 60s. you are the ignorant one, not jj.

@Liv lraynge:

that’s true for the show, they are only shown in that capacity as it set in the 60s. you are the ignorant one, not jj. learn to read.

as soon as a show gets to be popular, being real. out come the political agendas and the gay/lesbo agenda and the political correct, we gotta have a black person who isn’t a maid or a *****. thats why tv is crap now, pc should die, the sooner the better.

NATURI IS SUCH A GREAT ACTRESS AND SHE JUS KEEPS MOVIN ON UP THE HOLLYWOOD LADDER. IM PROUD OF HER…I NEVER WATCHED “MAD MEN” BUT I JUST SET MY TIVO 4 THIS SUNDAY! GO GIRL!

@DarkEmpress: NATURI NAUGHTON is a very capable actress and an awesome performer. She played my daughter Lil Inez on the 1st national tour of Hairspray (2003-2006) and she was on Broadway with me in the same role, all of this before Notorious! God Bless her and I know she will wow them on Mad Men…they need some hot Black Talent in the storylines now! Don’t be a hater, celebrate her success! She has earned it and nobody can take it from her! Amen!

Why do people always make a big deal when black people get in something. Its 2010, I thought to get past race stuff we need to forget about race altogether and see eceryone as equal. But that isn’t happening. And its basically just for blacks, this sympathy crap. Its like an asian gets something and no one makes a big deal for them. Hey you want to be sympathetic for someone, let’s see what all the native americans are doing out there in media or w/e. We owe them more than anyone.

Yvette: It is because out of all the shows on TV now the only African Americans are: LL Cool J on NCIS, Blair Underwood on The Event and the stars of “Undercovers” (who are biracial by the way). I think the reason it is such a big deal in Entertainment is because black culture has been the basis of so much of American entertainment. Think about it: black spirituals, gospel music, black dance, black jazz, blues, rock and roll, motown etc have redefined entertainment in America. In fact the black minstrel show is at the heart of American theater. So it is curious that in Entertainment, African-Americans get shafted. Yet, somehow their Artistic contributions are the reasons why our American Art form is where it is today. So that is why people get upset when they don’t see blacks in more Entertainment. The same would be said if you saw no blacks in Sports because they as a culture have contributed so much to the history of American sports. We don’t owe Native Americans, blacks or anyone more than the other. We should have shows with Native Americans, blacks, Latinos, Gays etc. Why? Because the reality is that America is changing and at least where I live, that is real life – a community of people of different backgrounds. TV is trying to appease a very conservative demographic that really is sort of out of touch with the America I know. I think you calling the push for more blacks in TV as “sympathy crap” is really cruel. Again, study the history of Art/Entertainment in America and you will see that the black slave was responsible for much of our Entertainment in this country. It is only fair that the people who gave us Jazz and basically rock and roll, should be portrayed in Entertainment.

Cool! Go Naturi

not a big deal @ 09/23/2010 at 10:27 am

She’s only playing a hooker.

What about Sheila White, the Black woman Kinsey dated & went to Mississippi with to register black voters?

i totally agree with ms bar jolie gaga and allison…it shows you the times we were in accurately…it is an eye-opener to how things were. I know I can’t wait to see Naturi!!!

I appreciate her being in the show, she is not the first non-domestic, etc. – – that was Donielle Artese. http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0037702/

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