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Loretta Devine is a legend, but she still has to audition for roles

Loretta Devine is a legend, but she still has to audition for roles

Loretta Devine is much more than her name suggests. Sure, she’s angelic and delightful, but for so many lovers of black film and television, she’s the mom, or aunt, or grandmother, or best friend, we’ve always wanted to call our own. And that is an important quality that, even at 67 years old, keeps her booked.

“I get blessed because I've been lucky to play moms in like over 100 films,” she said, laughing, “and a lot of the young kids coming up, like Jerrod Carmichael who picked me to play his mother in ‘The Carmichael Show,’ are the ones creating work for me at my age. I thank God that they exist because they make it all possible.”

And even though “The Carmichael Show” was...

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