Actress and businesswoman Tia Mowry has always been transparent upon her experience of growing up in the industry and the difficulties she faced throughout her career as a Black female in efforts of informing and motivating aspiring Black and brown actors.
Within a recent taping of her YouTube series Tia Mowry Quick Fix , Tia shed light on her journey of growing up as a childhood actor in Hollywood and the stereotypes she received about not being deemed Black enough.
“It was very evident to me when I would walk on sets and see how certain stars or actors would be treated who weren’t of ethnicity — better dressing room, better trailer,” says Tia.
“I’ve been told I’m not Black enough, which was very odd and weird to me.
Tia continues, ‘You don’t look Black enough. I think you would fit more of the Latino role.’ It’s like, what? These were casting directors who did not understand the different shades of Black culture.”
Tia reveals that despite the success of the 90s sitcom Sister Sister, as the show’s star neither her or her sister Tamera Mowry-Housley were receiving the pay they deserved.
“I remember once the show became a hit, it’s very normal for you to ask for a raise. That’s what happens, right? People get raises. But it was always so hard for my sister and I to get what we felt like we deserved, and our paycheck never equaled our counterparts’ that weren’t of diversity, and that was frustrating. Very, very frustrating.”