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‘Girls’ Casts First Black Female Character

Danielle Brooks of ‘Orange is the New Black’ confirms appearance for show’s third season

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Girls has caught flack from critics for its mostly white cast, but Lena Dunham’s comedy is coming around. Danielle Brooks, who plays Tasha “Taystee” Jefferson on the celebrated Netflix series Orange Is the New Black, told Ebony in a recent interview that she has already shot an episode of the HBO show. “I will be the first Black woman to be on Girls,” Brooks said, “so that’s exciting for me.”

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Dunham has made other moves towards a more diverse Girls cast; Donald Glover had a short turn in the second season, and Jezebel notes that Dunham Instagrammed a picture of Daily Show correspondent Jessica Williams getting dressed on the set earlier this year.

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Season three of Girls will premiere next year. Former Sonic Youth bassist Kim Gordon is set for an appearance, and Boardwalk Empire‘s Michael Zegen was cast earlier this year.


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