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Uzo Aduba Was Once Wrongly Stopped By Police Because of Her Skin Color

Uzo Aduba Was Once Wrongly Stopped By Police Because of Her Skin Color

Uzo Aduba looks beautiful in her red dress while posing for a photo in Haute Living Los Angeles‘ new issue, provided exclusively to

The 35-year-old Orange Is the New Black actress opened up with the mag about the Black Lives Matter movement and how she was once wrongly accused by police. Read what she said:

On being stopped by two plainclothes NYC policemen while in college: “I was taken aback. I was backing up slowly because I thought I was about to get raped, mugged, killed. My instinct was to run. I wasn’t really interested in taking that encounter lying down, so to speak… I remember thinking I did not want to have my dignity taken from me that day. I walked away from that situation with my life, but I was also keenly aware that this was the first time that this had ever happened to me.”

On how her show addresses social issues: “We’re watching on our show what is happening right now in our world. We didn’t shoot this yesterday; we shot it a year ago. [Jenji Kohan] is someone who knows where we are as a society and wants to address it in such a magnificent way. She’s excellent in holding up mirrors to people’s faces.”

On her inspiration for Suzanne: “I try to go to a place of expression or giving voice to the people or things that I feel have no voice. I try to reach inside the stomach of the people who are lost, the people who feel oppressed, the people who feel misunderstood and just try, to the best of my ability, to let them sing.”

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  • Mike

    I would have to inquire more about the situation. Wrongly stopped for what? Did they stop her because she broke the law or was there a crime reported that they were stopping people who could be a suspect? If they were told to keep a look out for a african american female, early 20s, wearing a hoodie and she fit the description of course they would stop her. They clearly wouldnt be looking for an asian woman, hispanic woman, or white woman. These stories are often thin on details usually to promote whatever viewpoint they are trying to push. Conversely, if none of these were the case shame on the cops.

  • dalovelee

    Hollywood African Americans are falling into this Liberal Left agenda trap of the police are against me because I am black. It’s like they want to be labeled as victims of police brutality because this gives this gives a group that advocates shooting police credibility. This is not going to do anything but promote anarchy how is that going to help anyone black or brown. Do we in society expect BLM to patrol streets and fight crime?

  • plez

    I don’t know what happen to Uzo. Did the cops stop her solely because she was black or is that only what she feels was the reason? We all (and I do mean ALL) come into situations with our own prejudices. We all need to acknowledge and control those prejudices. Most importantly start having respect for each other.

  • VanityInsecurity

    wow so overdramatic. pls explain in detail if you are going to rant & rave about your life in jeopardy.

  • damian gonzales

    ohhh , stop this victimization for being black.

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