Ebony Obsidian Sings a Whitney Houston Classic


Ebony Obsidian definitely has the range. As Adrienne Hunt in Barry Jenkins’ upcoming film If Beale Street Could Talk, based on James Baldwin’s novel of the same name, she embodies a character who’s “super outspoken [and] super bold,” as she puts it. As an actor, Obsidian is best recognized for her guest role in Master of None, in the Thanksgiving episode that earned Lena Waithe a historic Emmy. That’ll change once Beale Street hits theaters on December 14.

Obsidian, born and raised in New Paltz, New York, pursued acting after first declaring a major in journalism; she quickly realized she did not possess the objectivity required to be a journalist. In Beale Street, she helps tell the story of a young woman in Harlem who desperately seeks to prove her husband’s innocence while carrying their first child.

After singing a few notes from her favorite karaoke number (courtesy of Whitney Houston), Obsidian talked about her worst on-set experience (it involves an awkward love scene) and bringing a Baldwin classic to life. Watch her interview above.

Senior Producer: Jennifer Perry, Producer: Lisa Fischer, Associate Producer/Editor: Kayra Clouden

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