Gabrielle Union is refusing to stay mum following her exit from NBC’s America’s Got Talent.
Union delivered an impassioned speech during a panel discussion on inclusivity and female empowerment. The discussion took place during the release of her holiday collaboration with the apparel brand New York & Company. At the event, Union had some compelling words to share drawing from her own experiences from her AGT termination.
“Don’t be the happy negro that does the bidding of the status quo because you’re afraid. Don’t allow them to call you angry when someone else is called passionate,” Union said.
“It’s terrifying. There’s a solid chance you’ll lose your job… I speak from experience,” the television personality added without directly mentioning the talent show by name.
Joining the panel was Hannah Bronfman, Solange Franklin, Maddy Jones, and Ebonee Davis. Union continued to urge women to speak up against unethical behavior in the corporate setup. “Do your best to try to hold the door open and hold people responsible.”
However, Union addressed the consequences that people face for speaking up. “I’m fully aware that job loss is on the table,” she mentioned. “But if you’re not doing it, nobody is.”
Union was recently fired from her stint as a judge on America’s Got Talent after she called out Jay Leno’s racially insensitive joe on the show. The star also alleged that network executives have commented about her hairstyles being “too black.” This prompted an internal investigation within the NBC Network with Simon Cowell reportedly at the center of it according to The Sun.