Cree Summer is a lot of things. She’s a mother, an artist, an actress—and, she’s the voice of your childhood. As the vocal force behind characters like Penny from “Inspector Gadget,” Susie Carmichael from “Rugrats,” and Elymyra from “Tiny Toon Adventures,” Cree has made a career bringing some of your favorite cartoons to life. In an industry that doesn’t boast a lot of diversity on or off screen, characters like Susie Carmichael and people like Cree are especially important. Historically, white voice actors would provide the voices for all characters, regardless of race or background. Today, thanks to the work of Cree and others, cartoons are beginning to better represent the kids that look to them for a little bit of guidance and a whole lot of unadulterated joy.
A huge thanks to our guest editor this week, Yvonne Orji. Check her out in “Insecure,” Sundays at 10:30 P.M. on HBO.