'Orange is the New Black' leaves legacy for women of color

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NEW YORK (AP) — Corrupt overseers, dilapidated conditions and brutality. Those are just a few of the prison issues "Orange is the New Black" took on as it turned one white woman's story of her unlikely life behind bars into a tapestry of roles for women of color.

As the show nears its final season this month, some of its key stars reflect on how it transformed their lives.

Uzo Aduba was ready to quit acting before she landed the role of Crazy Eyes. Laverne Cox kept her day job at a Manhattan drag spot until after the first season. Danielle Brooks almost declined because she didn't want to go topless and Samira Wiley used her character as a platform for LGBTQ activism.

And for Dascha Polanco, her Daya helped her embrace the things about herself outside the Hollywood mold.