Can Vivica Fox’s Beef with 50 Cent Please Make Her the Movie Star She Was Destined to Be?

But Hollywood only allows room for one black female movie star.

Vivica Fox has been trending all week but for an all out social media war with 50 Cent not for her acting career which is really a much more fascinating journey to study. What happened to Fox’s promise as one of the great upcoming black actresses in films like Independence Day, Set It Off, and Soul Food? How did she get relegated to TV One original films and reality TV?

The beef with Fifty stemmed from Fox’s interview on Bravo’s Watch What Happens Live!, where she insinuated her ex-boyfriend might be gay. Fiddy took to his Instagram to bite back at his ex in a series of now deleted posts that called out her supposed “really bad boob job” and said she thought he was gay because he “let her lick his a–.” (Sigh) To round out the insults, 50 brought actress Halle Berry into the mix.

In the post, preserved by The Shade Room, Fifty wrote, “B—h, remember when you told me f— Halle Berry and you could have played all the roles she played better than her? And I just looked at you like what the f— kind [of] s–t did you take? LMAO.”

No one is condoning Fox’s implications that 50 Cent is gay on national TV, but the “memory” that Fiddy recalled about Halle Berry (which Vivica denied on Twitter) is an interesting one because, well, Vivica could have presumably played most of Halle’s roles better. If given the opportunities, could Vivica Fox have had the A-list career that Berry has attempted to maintain?

The whole Vivica-Halle anecdote scratches the surfaces of a much bigger issue in Hollywood. That only *one* black female movie star can exist in Tinsel Town. That woman has been Berry for the better part of the last ten years, after being the first black woman to win an Academy Award for Best Leading Actress for Monster’s Ball in 2002. In her acceptance speech, Berry shared the historic moment with her peers saying, “It’s for the women who stand beside me, Jada Pinkett; Angela Bassett; Vivica Fox, and, it’s for every nameless, faceless woman of color that now has a chance because this door tonight has now been opened.” The speech was powerful but no other black woman has won the award. (Gabourey Sidibe and Viola Davis have each been nominated once for Lead Actress since, as well as child actor, Quvenzhané Wallis.)

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