‘Celie’ Actress Tells What “Color Purple” Co-Star Oprah Did For Her As A Child
Iconic Actress & CEO Desreta Jackson talks life before, during and after her starring role as Young Celie of The Color Purple and how she survived a violent attack as a child after the film released. Part #1
Posted by California Soul TV Show on Sunday, December 16, 2018
Deresta Flipped Out When Oprah Bought Her An Expensive Nightgown
DJ: “I love that she (Oprah) bought my first nightgown. When I flew out to her, she would take me shopping. … I remember the first nightgown she bought me was like $300 dollars, LOL…and ya, know- talking about a lil’ girl from the hood, I was like ‘You know how much I could buy with that?!!'”
What the former Color Purple Star Does Now
After The Color Purple hype wore down, Desreta says she quickly learned about the brainwashed, jacked up views that often exist in Hollywood when it comes to casting talent. Desreta admitted, in a prior interview with Onyx Truth, that she fell into the constant ridicules that plague many actresses – you’re too Black, you’re too fat, your nose is too wide, your curves are too round. After growing tired of the Hollywood scene, she decided to step away from the acting game and do other things that she loved.
She went to school and rekindled her business, that she’d been in professionally since the age of nine, which was the hair braiding business. She also had two children along the way, and when we fast forward today, she’s now the CEO of her own successful hair products brand, Black Silk Products. Innovate Health & Technology Breakthroughs has also acknowledged Desreta for her many contributions to the improvement in the health of African American hair & she’s also been dubbed the new ‘Madame C.J. Walker of the millennium.’