Jones is a younger face leading the way for Hollywood to be more inclusive, especially for women of a darker hue.
Coco Jones has seen the highs and lows of Hollywood, yet the Grammy-nominated songstress thinks things are moving in the right direction for dark-skinned Black women.
The actress spoke with People about her skyrocketing career, having her breakthrough EP “What I Didn’t Tell You,” featuring the hit song “ICU,” garner multiple Grammy nominations. Of her sharp rise to music prominence, the Bel-Air actress detailed her gratitude for fans’ positive response.
“When I made ‘ICU,’ I didn’t know if it would work in this time, in this generation. I didn’t know if it was too slow or too soulful. I didn’t know how the world would respond. I was just creatively experimenting,” explained Jones. “But I’m really grateful when I perform ‘ICU’ because the audience is screaming the lyrics at the top of their lungs. The last time that I had that type of reaction was when I was 14 or 15, and I was doing Disney Channel stuff.”
“I definitely feel like the industry for dark-skinned Black women has gotten better and better, especially since I was a young girl,” says Jones. “And I think the more storylines and the more positions of power that are told from a woman of color’s perspective, the more opportunities [there are] for women to play those roles and to hire women that would understand those storylines.”
Jones is a younger face leading the way for Hollywood to be more inclusive, especially for women of a darker hue. With five nominations at this upcoming Grammy Awards, Jones is part of a cohort of Black women with the most nods, following Sza and Victoria Monet for their projects.
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Source: Black Enterprise