Saturday, October 23, 2021

D.L. Hughley Clarifies His Previous Criticism of ‘Angry’ Black Women

D.L. Hughley

*Back in a 2012 interview to promote his book, “I Want You to Shut the F#ck Up,” D. L. Hughley said he “never met an angrier group of people” than Black women.

You can imagine the backlash that ensued, prompting many to conclude that the comedian doesn’t even like Black women.

So when Essence caught up with Hughley recently to dish about his upcoming TV One talker, he was asked about his past comments shading Black women and this is what he had to say:

“Black women are like spicy food. I love you, but it hurts in the morning. I love Black women so much that all my mistresses have been Black,” Hughley joked.

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Terry Crews, D.L. Hughley

But when pressed on whether or not he really thinks Black women are angry, he explained: “Most people say that, but don’t give you the out that you have a reason to be angry. What did James Baldwin say? ‘To be Black and conscious is to be angry all the time.’ It’s not wrong to be angry, it’s wrong to not know why.”

Hughley continued, “Aren’t you angry when your sons are getting shot in the street? Aren’t you angry when you’re maligned? Aren’t you angry when you have to protect us more than we step up for you? So, why would you be mad when someone said that you were angry? What you’re mad about is that people don’t explain why.”

The comedian, who’s been married for over 30 years, added: “I love [Black women] in spite of the things that you think are deficits,” he said. “I like who you are. I love your strength. I love the way you roll your eyes. I love the way you get mad when you’re really hurt. I love it.”

The conversation then turned to his critique of Terry Crews and the actor’s claims that he has been a victim of sexual assault in Hollywood.

“People were angry with me because I was asking questions about the answer. Much like he has a perspective, I have a perspective,” Hughley said. “He’s a very big guy. I grew up a small guy. And I knew then that if you let somebody do something to you, they’d keep doing it.”

Hughley noted his wish for the public to care about Black men who are beaten and killed by police as much as they rallied behind Crews because he was groped by another man.

“If we can get upset when a Black man is groped, we can get upset when he’s gunned down,” the comedian argued. “I just want a level of consistency from all of us. I’m upset when anything happens to any human being.”


Ny MaGee
Ny MaGee is a screenwriter and freelance reporter from Chicago -- currently living in Los Angeles and covering A-list entertainment for various outlets, including She has worked for: Miramax, MTV & VH1, The Jim Henson Company, Hallmark Channel, Paramount Pictures, and for iconic indie film producer Roger Corman.



  1. I absolutely love D.L. Hughley and appreciate the fact that he always has an opinion! Thanks for speaking up about my son and so many other injustices happening in the world we live in. Keep talking, we hear you.


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