Orange is the new read.
Female inmates on Rikers Island did triple-takes on Monday when they saw “Orange is the New Black” star Danielle Brooks walking the jailhouse’s corridors.
“It’s bizarre being here,” Brooks told one source on the scene. “For half the year, this is my illusory world. But I’ve never been to a genuine prison.”
The Julliard-trained actress, who plays “Taystee” Jefferson on the hit Netflix show, was at the Rose M. Singer Center — which is technically a jail — to meet with members of the facility’s first book bar as partial of the Mayor’s One Book program.
Brooks told women who collected in “Rosie’s” new library, “It’s critical to remind people that you are daughters and mothers and sisters — to not just demeanour at you as criminals. You have a story. And we (on the show) are doing the damndest to tell that story as authentically as we know how. You are not forgotten!”
Brooks review from Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s “Americanah,” the One Book pretension that New Yorkers, including the inmate, have been reading. Brooks and Media and Entertainment Commissioner Julie Menin, who launched the initiative, then intent in a sharp-witted contention about race, temperament and pressures to conform.
One lady removed how she’d once tried to censor her South Carolina accent.
“You’re from South Carolina?” asked Brooks, slapping the invalid a high-five. “Girl, so am I!”
“OITNB” kicked off Season 5 on Netflix over the weekend.
With Brian Niemietz
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