Black and Proud is a video series on The Root that focuses on the pride that our favorite black celebrities, tastemakers and thought leaders feel about being black. Many of them talk about our resilience and strength throughout history, and some talk about our undeniable talents, while others mention our dance skills, dopeness and more.

Whatever the reasoning, it’s clear that being black is an incredible experience despite society’s negative narratives around blackness.

And then there’s the legendary greatness that is Loretta Devine. During Essence Festival, The Root got the chance of a lifetime to sit down with her for her latest movie, Naked, on Netflix, and she had a lot of interesting things to say about why she loves being black. One of those “things” was her pride (which no longer exists) in saying black people aren’t serial killers. Yeah, there’s more where that came from. Check out the video above.