The Tony-nominated thespian is full of life and busy as a bee with projects closing and beginning.
This past November, she starred in a Broadway play, put on a concert with bassist Michael Henderson at New York’s Aaron Davis Hall and is getting ready to knock socks off in “A Raisin in the Sun” at the Clarence Brown Theater in Knoxville, Ten.
But that’s not all, she’s also gearing up to play Common’s mother in the independent film “Luv.”
In an interview with Essence.com, the actress, best know for her role in the original “Sparkle,” gives her thoughts to Essence.com about the remake starring Whitney Houston & Jordin Sparks.
“I felt really honored to have been involved in a project that young, gifted producers and writers felt worthy of remaking,” she said. “You’ve got to be honored by that. And, of course, I love everybody in the film. I’m a die-hard Whitney fan. I love Jordin Sparks, and I’m crazy about Carmen Ejogo. I actually wrote a part for her in one of my films, way before I knew she would be reprising my role in ‘Sparkle.’ Overall, I loved it, and I was flattered that they did it.”
But the conversation quickly turned into something else when the issue of box office sales came up.
“Sparkle” didn’t go as expected. McKee, 58, believes racism and politics had a hand in the operation.
“This goes back to the idea of us, as people of color, needing to take control of what we do. What’s happening, as far as I can tell, is that non-Black folks are controlling all the distribution. I think we’re living in a very racist society, and everything is well-orchestrated. That’s why I love Michelle Alexander’s book The New Jim Crow so much because she maps it out and has statistics of the racism we’re living in. I just think until we take control of what we do and open our own theaters and distribution companies we’re going to be continuing to be dependent on white suits that control the dollars. They dictate what comes out, what movies we make, and where they play, how much money is spent promoting it. And that determines whether a movie is really successful. So [with] tiny budgets for marketing and promotions…we’re not going to have a big audience.”
Check out the rest of the interview at Essence.