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Gabrielle Union lost the lead role of the ABC series “Scandal” to Kerry Washington, but she says the experience gave her hope that strong and likable female characters can be created for black actresses.

“I said to myself, ‘Oh my God, these roles are out there,’” Union recalled in a recent interview. “It showed me that you don’t have to settle. Luckily, the success of her and the show bred more work.”

Now, Union is ready to make her mark. She will star in the dramatic movie “Being Mary Jane,” which premieres Tuesday on BET. The movie will become a series, expected to air in January.

Union plays a successful TV news anchor who attempts to juggle work, her on-and-off relationships and the needs of her family. She said the role would be different from her typical “good girl who meets the bad guy from the other side of the tracks” character.

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Source: The Grio