Because of the blatant racism towards Moses Ingram, I wanted to do a special post about her. ~ V
There’s nothing anybody can do to stop this hate. I question what my purpose is even being here in front of you, saying that this is happening. …
But I think the thing that bothers me, is this feeling that I’ve had inside of myself—which no one has told me—but this feeling that I’ve just got to shut up and take it. That I’ve just got to grin and bear it. And I’m not built like that.
Moses Ingram (born Monique Denise Ingram) attended Baltimore City Community College and graduated with an associate degree. In 2015, she won a regional competition from the National Society of Arts and Letters, and finished fourth in the nationals. The winner of that competition, Jonathan Majors, encouraged her to audition to the Yale School of Drama. She was accepted with scholarship support and enrolled in the fall of 2016. Source
She received a Princess Grace Award in 2018. In her final year at Yale, Ingram received rave reviews for her lead performance as Viola in an Afrocentric version of Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night.” She graduated with her Master of Fine Arts in June 2019. Source
Her latest project is playing the character, Reva Sevander, aka Third Sister, in Obi-Wan Kenobi on Disney+. Reva was once a Jedi. But after the Empire rose to power, she became a member of the Inquisitorius, tasked by Darth Vader to hunt down the remaining Jedi Knights who survived Order 66. In her hunt for Jedi-in-hiding, she is known to be ruthlessly ambitious.
Keep in mind, the series JUST started (three episodes) and people are hurling hatred towards her. Why? Well, just from what I’ve seen, her character is badass!
And oh yeah, she’s Black. Now Star Wars has a gazillion billion different species in it, but she gets targeted.
Trust me when I say, anybody throwing hate her way is not even in her league. Green is a horrible color on them!
Acting Career (28-years-old)
Prior to being cast as Third Sister Reva in Obi-Wan Kenobi, Ingram was best known for her role in another phenomenally popular streaming series: Netflix’s hit 2020 chess drama The Queen’s Gambit.
Ingram portrayed Jolene, one of the only friends that protagonist Beth Harmon (Anya Taylor-Joy) had while growing up in Methuen Home for Girls. After Beth was adopted and moved in with new parents, it looked like we’d seen the last of the Home and that Jolene’s part in the story was over, but the character made a surprise return in the final moments of the penultimate episode, and featured prominently in the finale.
Among the show’s many accolades, Ingram was nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series. She was also named one of ten actors to watch in 2021 by Variety magazine.
In addition to streaming TV, Ingram has also had roles in a couple of big screen movies, starring opposite Denzel Washington and Frances McDormand as Lady Macduff in 2021’s The Tragedy of Macbeth and playing Yahya Abdul Mateen II’s wife Amy in this year’s Michael Bay action thriller Ambulance.
The role of Reva in Obi-Wan Kenobi marks Ingram’s arguably biggest part to date. Anticipating the unfortunate possibility that as a Black actress she may encounter prejudice from regressive corners of the fandom following the harassment faced by John Boyega and Kelly Marie Tran, the official Star Wars Twitter account recently posted a message welcoming Ingram to the franchise and urging fans to do the same.
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