Amandla Stenberg

Amandla Stenberg says she passed on a role in Marvel Studios blockbuster Black Panther because her skin wasn’t dark enough. Her remarks caused controversy on Black Twitter, particularly from biracial and mixed race women.

Stenberg, 19, says she was offered the role of Shuri, which eventually went to dark skinned sista Letitia Wright.

Speaking at ESSENCE‘s Black Women in Hollywood event, the former child star said she decided not to take the role of the technologically advanced Shuri in the majority black casted film.

“I was in the audition process for it, then I decided to not continue with the process because I thought that it wouldn’t be right for me as a biracial, light-skinned American to be playing [the role],” she told ESSENCE.

She added: “It wasn’t appropriate for me to go after that role. Black Panther is one of the only films that we have that has darker-skinned representation. That’s what was so beautiful about it.”

Her comments didn’t sit well with mixed race women who consider themselves to be black. Dark skinned women also had a problem with Stenberg’s remarks, saying colorism is alive and well in Hollywood.

Photo by Mike Windle/Getty Images




  • MsVAllDay

    Everybody always has an issue with anything stated about color. Darker skinned women are definitely underrepresented in films. I appreciate her taking a back seat for the cause. More power to her!

  • angrysolo

    the movie went the way it was s’pposed to..
    anywho…

  • PhillyFacts

    Black is Black! Whether light, dark, brown, high yellow, red bone, or chocolate, no matter how many languages you speak you’re all the same in “their” eyes “BLACK”… Self loathing, and titling means nothing you are what you are be proud of who you are and let’s stop with the plantation minds that one shade of black is not congruent to the other.

  • Elle

    Exxactly! No shade nor harm to anyone, but I can appreciate and applaud the young sister’s position on that. As she said, BP was so beautiful, in addition, unique and positive. Not to sound petty, but have we ever seen such a film with an alllll black everything with those attributes? I know..black is black is black..but, yeah..

  • RespectSelf

    damn why they mad though…. She said what she said…. she knew what the culture needed.

  • Meme

    Funnily enough there are light skin people in Africa it is a continent with many countries and many people

  • Mama Dee’s Wig Maker

    Pretty much

  • Jacquelyn Eff

    I don’t know why they mad. She is right.

  • MsVAllDay

    Agreed!

  • MsVAllDay

    Agreed! How selfless of her. We need more like her.

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    I actually dont see anything wrong with what she said.

  • the guest

    She’s conscious, selfless, and absolutely 100% correct.

  • ShelbyMoore

    Good girl cause I don’t consider you black either. Two black parents make a black offspring. An interracial couple make a biracial child.

  • i troll it like i see it

    Good for her! She gets it! I had a nice long talk with my son about the representation of actual black people in that movie, and how important it was that they had nobody “black passing” finally!

  • PLEASEDontTellMe

    neither do I. And i’m cool with the finished product…I’ve seen the movie 4X already so i am more than cool with it.

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    But people will take anything you say nowadays and take it in a negative way, especially on social media.

  • i troll it like i see it

    And they are represented all the time, not so much for darker skinned blacks, specifically women.

  • PLEASEDontTellMe

    Shelby? Really?

  • MookieFly

    Well she’s right. Bottom line, the role was for a dark skinned sista. Need not apply

  • i troll it like i see it

    Sorry doesn’t work like that, lighter skinned blacks are fully represented and accepted and you know this. Don’t do that, you’re smart, I know you know darker skin is not as welcomed in media. Especially darker skinned women.

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    I didnt get “self loathing” at all from her comment.

  • Liah

    I agree…

  • PLEASEDontTellMe

    If she had been in the film as an ambiguously raced woman, it would mean that Wakanda had been colonized.

  • i troll it like i see it

    I agree this woman is completely selfless and smart.

  • pure_rachet

    Right? I have two black parents but still look interracial, however would never let my skin tone get in the way of getting money.

  • Dowoop

    She didn’t turn down any role because she never got the role. She backed out during the audition phase. Who said she was gonna get it in the first place? This was a comment that shouldn’t have even been made as it takes away from the actress who rightfully got the role and did a damn good job too.

  • LeXx

    _/ _/ _/ HAVE SEVERAL…… she is black… Very black…. YOU ARE THE PROBLEM and don’t ever speak this ridiculous nonsense TO ANYONE…. I wish I knew yr stupid a** in real life

  • PLEASEDontTellMe

    That’s a valid observation

  • KcoolMuziq

    U stole my exact comment before I deleted it..

  • pure_rachet

    She didn’t “pass” on the role. She was passed over because she didn’t qualify. Quit lying Amandla.

  • Dowoop

    She didnt take a back seat as she never got the role. She dropped out during the audition phase. If anything she is trying to put herself at the forefront now.

  • A D N

    How can we ask whites to get over racism when we can’t get over colorism?
    Black folks are always arguing about race and complexion. I bet those who disagreed with her didn’t see the movie. The cast were darker skin tone in a “made up society” Wakanda. It wouldn’t have mattered to me the complexion, but the darker skin hues was very noticeably lovely to see. There is nothing to argue about…

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    ???

  • hottlanta

    Who is she.

  • Diva_woman

    I applaud this young lady, very self aware. Colorism is intra-racial and until blacks speak openly and honestly about it we will continue to fall victim to it. So many women are insecure and rather jump at the thought of being pegged as prettier even if it only lies on their skin tone. Let’s challenge ourselves to explore these issues more.

  • hottlanta

    How you been doing lady?

  • A D N

    You obviously saw the movie lol. What ticks me off is how people who haven’t seen it has the most the say and criticize.

  • hottlanta

    Is colorism a new word to make racism sound more exotic.

  • A D N

    I agree!…right…and there is nothing wrong with it. We have to move pass this colorism issue especially when it doesn’t apply to the subject.

  • Lady M

    She didn´t turn down any role. She simply stopped auditioning. She probably stopped because she realized she more than likely wouldn´t be chosen.

  • Dowoop

    Its the new word for black on black racism apparently.

  • Dowoop

    I know who she isnt.

  • freelancepimp .

    Because she’s full of shit!

  • Kay Gee

    I agree – she wants some shine now, just like Tyler Perry when he had to tell the “internetverse” that some of the BP was shot at his studio’s.

  • pure_rachet

    Bad! Every time I leave the house I hope I won’t get arrested. I’m outta control. Thanks for asking boo!

  • Dowoop

    I saw the movie and not once did i think “Hey, there’s no light skinned people in this movie”.

  • Lady M

    Except that she said it. If you backed out of auditions. Keep that to yourself. No one needs to know that. She trying to make it seem like she was offered the role and turned it down.

  • You Could Never

    Not a necessarily new word. First used in an essay by Alice Walker in 1982.

  • Dowoop

    She needs to shut up and sit down somewhere.

  • Lady M

    Same thing I just said.

  • A D N

    Actually, genetically, it may not even be “bi” 50/50, but I get what you mean and I agree with you. It could be very different. My cousin has a “white” mom and a very dark skinned “black” dad. Genetically he is 80% “European” and 10% “African” and the rest breaks down to other.
    We have to move passed the denouncement of what a human genetics make is by ignoring the parts we were told didn’t matter. In other words, the one drop rule is very outdated. Besides how could we STILL allow one group to tell us if we are black/ white or anything, when we are the only country that is classified as such…

  • PLEASEDontTellMe

    you are sooooooooooo right…i had to put up a disclaimer on my social media ADN… letting folks know i was going to have a BLOCK party for anyone that had anything ignorant to say about Black Panther.

  • You Could Never

    See nothing wrong with what this young lady said.

  • Ni Ni

    Why thank you kindly! Im glad there’s a movie with black folks in it that have two black parents with original features. I was watching In The Heat of The Night the other day and it was so refreshing to see how black folks used to look…without all the mixed up people (that’s what my aunt calls them).

  • Dowoop

    Fine – the newly popularized word for black on black racism. :)

  • Monique B

    So do she want a dam award.

  • A D N

    Especially the part when they say we are supporting the movie when it has nothing to do with the black panther movement. I’m like duh……….No it doesn’t. It is a super hero base movie and the character is a black panther…lol. Wow!

  • Dowoop

    Why was i reading her name as Amanda the whole time? *face palm*

  • PLEASEDontTellMe

    Until blacks stop believing it…we will continue to be victims period

  • Meme

    Yes true but I am not talking about people that are mixed alone, I’m talking full tribes of people who don’t have a lick of white blood in them and not albino either they just happen to be pale skin some even have different colour eyes but there are a lot of people who are ignorant to the African continent and it’s beautiful rainbow of different colours!!!yes majority are beautifully dark skinned but there are other hues too and hair textures and features

  • PLEASEDontTellMe

    BLOOP….not a single “hmmmmmmm” moment to be had.

  • PLEASEDontTellMe

    LOL

  • A D N

    I saw it twice. The first time, you wouldn’t notice anything about colorism because the movie is just that good. The second time I did notice the beautiful hues of the cast. Very beautiful because I get tired of hearing or seeing lighter skin as the best when this movie not only proves weaves and light skin is not!

  • Meme

    Admittedly I have yet to see it

  • Dash

    How does one turn down a role, when one wasn’t offered the role?

  • freelancepimp .

    Thank you. And I smell bullshit. I wonder why she backe out. Puts me in the mind of Zoe Saldan who played African American roles and when she got much bigger roles started distancing from black people, (and even those black roles to the point that some of her early rolse don’t even come up in IMDB anymore.)

  • hottlanta

    Folks tossing it around like a salad. Racism is racism no matter how you try to fancy it up.

  • A D N

    You may just like it if that’s your thing. Just do not pay attention to the opinions of those who hasn’t seen it. Most non viewers reviews has NOTHING to do with the movie. I saw it twice (AT A THEATER) which is very different for me lol.

  • Diva_woman

    & a lot of it stems from male-female interactions. It’s hidden behind “preferences” when it’s truthfully that men like lighter/close to white better because of their own self-image issues. Women have the problem as well at times wanting “lighter” children. Like you said, the problem starts with us.

  • Fred G sanford

    You wasn’t gonna get the role anyways

  • PLEASEDontTellMe

    Excellently stated!!

  • i troll it like i see it

    That’s what I was talking about too. Both my parents are black but I’m Kerry Washington complexion and my sister is like Tisha Cambell, very fair skinned, still black though and we are still sisters..it wasn’t just about race it was about color as well. Why don’t people like admitting that lighter skinned blacks get more media attention specifically, and especially, lighter skinned black women? Dark skin men, acceptable, dark skin women? Not so much. Meanwhile brown skin and dark skin girls are not seeing themselves represented. I mean why do people think these movies and TV shows (like Insecure) ratings are through the roof? Yes they are good shows with talented people but it’s also about folks seeing people who look like them, on screen and it does matter. I think it’s nice that this young actress actually peeped game to be honest.

  • hottlanta

    She felt threatened and couldn’t compete and all she saw was dark skin. She felt overwhelmed and backed out. Yep all of that chocolate will command a room and choke the life outta you, if you ain’t ready.

  • Phillybruh

    Sounds like she was up for it, they auditioned a select few actors for these movies.

  • Phillybruh

    My 8 yr old noticed it. I noticed it. But I wasn’t bothered by it.

  • PLEASEDontTellMe

    May i also acknowledge that Lupita Nyong’o and Danai Gurira didn’t run out to get a flowing 360 wig/weave for their red carpets or media tours….when i say representation i mean REPRESENTATION thoroughly.

  • puppylove

    Yall let Sandra bait you. Amandla never said she turned down the role, she said she decided not to continue with the audition process. I swear I do not understand how some of you haven’t been hit by a bus with your non reading asses.

  • shun king

    sure is i remember going to clubs when i was younger and see the dark skinned chicks instigating and having no mercy beating down the light skinned girls

  • Nina Ross

    Bravo, I agree with her completely

  • shun king

    That movie was not so good to me i got the messages it held but it still just seemed boring went to sleep twice

  • Nina Ross

    Did you read the comicbook?

  • puppylove

    Unfortunately it wasn’t a permanent sleep

  • KcoolMuziq
  • PLEASEDontTellMe

    boooooooooooooooooo ….Maybe you’re just not woke..literally and figuratively …lol sorry….not sorry

  • Toni Toni Toni

    The thought never even crossed my mind. I was just in awe of the movie and how well it was done.

  • tintin

    Im sure she regrets that…the stars in that movie probably have their phone ringing off the hook right now

  • Meme

    My son has seen it and he said it was a 10

  • CrunchyBlack1

    prolly aint think he movie would be this well received and wants the world to know that she could have, but chose not to be a part of it. Kinda like me saying I coulda had sanaa lathan, but I chose not to approach her to “holla”, cuz a better looking guy would have fit her better.

  • puppylove

    And for those of you who are confused as to who this child is and why she has anything to say, she was berated with racist comments when she was cast to play Rue in The Hunger Games.

  • CookieMobster

    If she had taken the role she would have caught heat for not being black enough. It’s a no win situation

  • Kemi

    Can we all just get along! Black people all come in beautiful shades. We are gorgeous people!! Some of us are systematically programmed to think otherwise. Let’s change that mindset.

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    Gee you’re criticizing black people again, color me shocked./s

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    I swear he’s a white troll.

  • puppylove

    Gotta be a damn troll

  • Blaque Mahogany

    I applaud her. She is a very conscientious and intelligent young lady. Dark skin representation is important and rarely occurs.

    Light skin people get on my nerves sometimes. I watched Light Girls and wanted to shoot myself in the face.

  • hottlanta

    LEBRICK-You called it yesterday and Georgia did it against Delta
    ___________________________________________________________
    Critics of the GOP effort to retaliate against Delta have warned it could backfire by harming Georgia’s ability to lure businesses — including Amazon, which recently named Atlanta a finalist in its search for a second headquarters.

    “It definitely could have an effect when an outside company looks at something that happens this quickly around election time to one of the largest employers in the state,” said William Hatcher, a professor at Augusta University who studies economic development

  • Blaque Mahogany

    Not possible since the two words are not synonymous. Smh.

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    God bless you for even reading that negro’s posts still. I dont even have the patience. I’ve had that dude in block-city for a couple months now.

  • puppylove

    Now you know shun is no negro.

  • Applebum

    Why bring it up? Who cares if you didn’t continued with the auditions. She probably was in a room full of dark beauties and got insecure and saved herself from getting rejected by the directors. Someone is looking for attention. She just want to put the idea that she had a chance in people’s heads when deep down she knew she didn’t have a chance.

  • hottlanta

    Scream my dear let it out and breath. God got you. I know right now you can’t see/hear or feel it because a lot is going on. Can’t stay in the eye of the hurricane forever.

  • shun king

    how am i criticizing black people white folks made that movie and the vast majority of the money off of it

  • shun king

    tell me what is woke? in your opinion

  • PLEASEDontTellMe

    HEYYYYYYYYYYYYY don’t frighten me like that Colonizer!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • NeverSurprised

    Honestly. Black twitter stays “outraged” as often as the LGBTQRSTUV brigade.

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    These foolish Republicans are going to end up costing Georgia tons of jobs doing stuff like this.
    Amazon alone would bring 40,000+ jobs, but I highly doubt they’ll bring their headquarters to GA after this.

  • hottlanta

    Yep they signed it. Just wanted to let you know. I was like wow and you know our airline tickets gonna be high this year and I was planning my summer vacation.

  • Angela Flowers

    She is black and white, not just black…therefore, biracial. I don’t understand why that’s so hard for people to comprehend. Like how can people just act like her white dad doesn’t exist? From what I read, biracials are the ones who are upset. Now, maybe they’ll understand what black women go through all the time.

  • Kemi

    Don’t think you can be racist against your own race? Shadeism or colorism is a rename of an age-old idealization of fair skin/light skin and condemnation of dark skin in our community. It’s a big issue that leads to more division in our community.

  • justlooking

    You say and tuv and xy and z.????

  • justlooking

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    Many moons ago, my bloos pressure and set up for that kund of fyggery

  • datjerk

    …Or blk

  • ?Royalty?

    If she had gotten the part, the controversy would have taken center stage and the movie wouldn’t have done as well as it did.
    I applaud little sis for the insight. ??????

  • SumthinSweeter

    facts!

  • Bonsai

    The million dollar question is would Amandla have gotten the role anyway had she continued with the audition? If Wakanda was never colonized it wouldn’t make sense to have her as Shuri. If she did get the roll it would make you think what was the producer or casting director’s logic?

  • Darkandlovely617?

    Sending patience and self control to you ??

  • shun king

    I HOPE YOUR WOKE ENOUGH TO UNDERSTAND SLAVERY IS A CHOICE

  • ?Royalty?

    Totally agreed.

  • shun king

    used to collect them never got into black panther, i did like spawn and cage tho

  • Darkandlovely617?

    Don’t let the devil get in the way!

  • shun king

    wow its that serious to you? smh

  • http://twitter.com/prettymess612 prettymess612

    But, she’s right!

  • Bonsai

    It sounds like the role was hers and she just had to go through the process anyway. Hollywood is all about connections so more than likely the role was in fact going to be given to her regardless of talent because it’s all about who you know. Evidently guilt must’ve sunken in for her not to take the role because it just wouldn’t be right. So thank goodness she put her selfishness aside for what is right.

  • Jennifer

    She is absolutely right! The role wasn’t for her! God bless her for being realistic enough to know, accept, and understand why she shouldn’t have that role.

  • Bonsai

    Nah… you’ve gots to read in between the lines.

  • Malai

    ???????

  • Chaseboogie The Prince

    I understand what she meant. There are so many choices for light skinned women, not enough for darker skinned women. The film was not about typical hollywood looking women, but something deeper and she understood that. Kudos to her. That took a lot of courage, heart, and wisdom for someone so young.

  • Bonsai

    True dat!

  • N Cain

    How was the role hers when she was just going through the audition process. I would’ve respected her if she just said nothing. The better actress got the role!

  • Jackie Byrd

    I totally agree she is acting as a responsible and professional young woman. Not many are willing to stand up for what is right in hollywood, only what best interests them.

  • xenaD

    All I know (and this is off topic) is that me and my sis were chatting about the fla shooting.. Race was a topic then mental illness became a topic, and she concluded (to herself) that the killer was mentally ill because he was bullied and he went and killed all of the bullies. And this is “real life” I couldn’t even argue because idk the details of what happened [in florida] because I refuse to be bothered by that.. but I said all that to say … ???? nothing really lol

  • Bonsai

    Exactly, she tried to play it off by saying well she doesn’t have a Nigerian accent and it wouldn’t look right .

  • Meme

    My goodness what is this woe is me attitude people have developed towards dark skinned women, poor dark skinned woman but for the fact this light woman stepped aside for her she would never have gotten the role….Jeeese, I haven’t seen the movie but would like to think the actress who got the role got it due to her shear determination and hard work rather than because a light skinned person cast her some crumbs and a lifeline lol lol you people are soso funny….. How do you think mixed race in America got there in the first place initially it wasn’t black men and white women all those years back perhaps now the black man is trying to redress the balance now (joke) only now the white female has a choice

  • Bonsai

    I’m just saying, from the way Amendla is speaking it sounds like the role would’ve been hers had she not backed out. It’s as if she was doing the dark sista a favor. She should’ve just not have said anything.

  • hottlanta

    So if Beyoncé wasn’t light skinned and had long hair would she be as popular. If she looked Afro Le Negra would she be as popular. We all know the answer to that don’t we.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ngW_xL6QR9I

  • hottlanta

    I think she backed out because the thought that all things black will fail and she didn’t want to be unbankable to make more movies as being in that all black failure of a movie. Now it is making serious coins she is just trying to say something to make herself deem important. Take that mess somewhere else. I see thru her B.S.

  • puppylove

    Yeah. And you have some nerve considering how you wish death on folks DAILY

  • puppylove

    No lines to be read between. They are all in your mind.

  • datjerk

    We are all blk. This light/dark shit is stupid. If she had gotten the role, so what??? It’s another blk actress working. I’m all for everybody being able to eat in this fucked up society.

  • Dontgetdraggedhoe??

    I am her skin color and i agree. If more of us would stop being the beyonces to the ledisis of the world the sisterhood would start healing. Darker women matter!!!!

  • MiamiMoon

    Le Negara needs to work hard instead of using colorism as an excuse.

  • Jahnée Gill Mr.Eddie Murphy??

    Black people are the only hue-mans stupid enough to accept non blacks as fully black. That girl isn’t black, her mother is. Her father is a white faux jewish man. The last time I checked white men didn’t produce negro sperm cells. Y’all need to stop with the ignorant racist plantation one drop rule mentality. WHITE PEOPLE AND OTHERS DON’T COUNT THEIR HALFS AS WHOLES! ONLY BLACK PEOPLE DO! IT’S BULL! WE ARE THE ONLY RACE, GROUP, NATION THAT CLAIMS ANY AND EVERYONE! IT’S FOOLISH AND DOESN’T BENEFIT BLACK PEOPLE AT ALL! FOH! BLACK PEOPLE ARE NOT A DUMPING GROUND FOR THE UNWANTED, CONFUSED AND MIXED UP!

  • shun king

    show me once on this blog where i have.

  • MiamiMoon

    Beyonce would get the role star power.

  • MiamiMoon

    Rappers made colorism popular in their music listen to old jayz songs.

  • AJ

    I believe what she meant is how would the movie explain her fair skin when Wakanda has never been colonized. I really don’t think she was being offensive with her statement.

  • AJ

    That’s exactly what I think.

  • Jahnée Gill Mr.Eddie Murphy??

    Go away! You’re an insufferable racist white man. We know you’re only here to rile people up troglodyte. That’s all y’all cave demons do. Start shit , then lie and deny to the very end. It’s the nature of the devil aka your father.

  • Blak

    She is biracial, NOT black

  • Luvi

    CLAP x 100…..STANDING OVATION, I couldn’t have said it better.

  • Torae

    I’m biracial and I feel the same way. It was good to see a movie with dark skin black women and not biracial women. I think it would scream colorism if they had all light skin or biracial woman in the middle of Africa?????

  • Sinny

    Le Negara needs to work on getting a stylist! Everything about her is Black Magic; except for her cheap ass Rainbow velvet outfits she be wearing. That’s all I got…

  • Marlika

    ????? Her lost, bet she’s kicking her own ass right about now.

  • Marlika

    She Dominican what you expect.?????

  • Berry Melon

    Yes, there are mixed women who consider themselves to be black, so it would cause offense. But anyone with sense knows that light skinned “black” women whether they be full black with a light complexion or half black are always put on a pedestal. There are black people who don’t consider mixed-race people to be black, but in the eyes of white people they are black, and always will be and I will not sugar coat the truth for anyone, for some reason they cannot see the white. And all mixed-race people know this, if they don’t – they clearly have not experienced racism. Mixed people are mixed, but most of them (not all) identify as black, specially those of African American heritage. It’s different where I am because everyone is (most of the time) Jamaican, we’re a little more diverse over here. So there’s a divide huh? We better start singing Spike Lee’s anthem… Talking bout good and bad hair whether you’re dark or you’re fair so you can go on and swear see if I care good and bad hair.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RPVjwHSynI0

  • Berry Melon

    Yes, they would. There were several films released in the past years or so, and every time a light skinned “black” or “biracial” woman played the lead it caused outrage. Remember Jem and the Holograms? The film that flopped? They did just that and people did scream. And why? Because we all knew that Shana was a dark skinned character, who sported a purple Afro.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zJ_2l-WAF-s

  • puppylove

    In every damn gay/trans post

  • Arama

    Africa has many light skinned women. They are as much African as the dark ones.

  • hottlanta

    She ain’t lying. I have been to those countries and you don’t see women who look like her. Even if you go to Cancun Mexico on the party district. Thin blonde women on all the billboards I pointed that out to the tour guide.

  • Smart choice

    Well, whatever she considers herself, she wouldn’t have fit in with the cast. Good thing she took herself out the process.

  • hottlanta

    If she was on Maury looking for her 4th baby daddy she would be black. Because she is trying to be respectable in Hollywood she has the luxury to say she is biracial. The ghetto one’s are black and the one’s with a little class are biracial.

  • hottlanta

    Leave my Rainbow alone.

  • hottlanta

    She went in with a racial attitude thinking it is all black and it is going to fail.

  • Mister Fantastic

    I feel her. No colonizers, no people of mixed race.
    I bet she is SICK she did not take the role though, lol.

  • Torae

    A colonized Africa would have light skin women…Wakanda was not colonized….

  • Trey

    She should have kept that to herself

  • Sally Wright McLinn

    In the auction process? What does that mean? If anybody saw LalaLand where the woman was auditioning and auditioning and never getting the role….The process starts with the agent saying there’s a casting call. Did she even make it to the casting call?

  • Shira Harding-James

    I respect her decision completely ?

  • Julia Lyons

    EXACTLY!

  • Smart choice

    Damned if you do. Damned if you don’t. Most light skinned women act as willfully ignorant as white people do about racism. They’ll swear colorism isn’t all in rap music, Hollywood, the music industry, who wealthy black men marry, and black men don’t love themselves some redbones. Some of these same black women who complain about colorstruck black men share the same tendencies themselves. Going crazy over light skinned children and other women with “good” hair.

    Amandla is conscious and she’s bashed for it. That’s a shame. If light skinned black women spoke out against colorism, we could actually get somewhere, but they don’t want to lose their privilege, like getting movie roles they don’t deserve.

    I like Amandla. She’s a rare one.

  • Smart Choice

    You’re right, sis. ???? Thank you for that comment.

  • 2gr8ful

    I can understand what she is saying however she should not have shared that with anyone especially at the Black Women Festival. If she decided to pass the role up so be it……curious if she would have shared this if the movie didn’t do well.

  • MiamiMoon

    America wants to put people in this Black or White box as a Cuban I do not identify with neither my culture and ethnicity is Cuban.

  • Jygalo

    Yeah that’s a bit too much. This is what blk folks do to each other. Either too blk or not blk enough. We must stop this!

  • Jygalo

    What Black American isn’t of mixed blood I even if not directly? Massa was in everybody cabin and it wasn’t that many generations ago.

  • Kemi

    Very well stated. Thank you! We have been socially conditioned and this could be on a subconscious level to see European phenotypes even within our ancestry as the standard of beauty, civilization, intelligence, wealth and power. We can’t talk about internalized racism w/o mentioning colorism. Both are interwoven.

  • Phillybruh

    Marvel Films don’t fail…lol

  • hottlanta

    There is a first time for everything and she saw all of those black people and wanted no part of it and bounced. Black people always walk into in a room and look around to see how many of us are there. She walked in counted toooo many black folks assumed it was gonna fail and bounced.

  • Coffee1st

    It needs to be brought up. We need to look out for one another. She set a fkn example of what Saldanas @$$ SHOULDA did with that Nina Simone role. Nothing wrong with what she said. And the chic who got the role got it on her own merit, cuz if her skills was boo boo they would have kept searching. And might I add, she killed that role. We are such a disgruntled, forever complaining ppl. All this bashing and speculating. How come we can’t give her a simple, “Good lookin out sis” and keep it moving.

  • Coffee1st

    Awwww!!! That’s Rue?!?!

  • Coffee1st

    How you know though?!?!?

  • exlurker

    But that’s the thing though it’s not another blk actress working. It would be the same whole formula of using light skin women to represent dark skin. Why is her brother, mother and father dark and she is light?
    However, she could have played Kilmonger’s American girlfriend. Now that would have worked.

  • Coffee1st

    Because nothing wrong was said. It floors me to see the venom and misery in some of these comments.
    Like, Damn, really?

  • hottlanta

    She did get a spot to audition didn’t she. She is not going to tell the real truth so I will do I for her. She said all these black folks, gonna be ghetto and fail. I am out.

  • Coffee1st

    Seems like if she wanted shine, she would have went for the role.

  • Mister Fantastic

    I was not posting of “America”, I was writing of the movie role she was up for. SPOILER ALERT: In Black Panther, Wakanda (the country Black Panther was king), never was successfully “invaded” by the white man (colonizers), so all it inhabitant were pure Black African blood. Amanda understood this about the movie role, and intelligently turned it down.

  • Kay Gee

    You may have a punt, but at this point it’s useless info. All it’s doing is causing a divide that exists to continue to thrive.

  • Khaliah

    I understand totally what she means, but she shouldn’t verbalize it because it’s bound to be misunderstood, which is where we are today.

  • Coffee1st

    Lol. Okay.
    Now honestly, if I would have understood the backstory to Wakanda, as a light skinned person, I wouldn’t have taken it neither. Trust – I would have inquired about another role even it was a lesser one. Money don’t grow on trees.
    Believe it or not, integrity and character still exist. I’m glad she said something. Maybe Zoe will feel some degree of shame for that $**t she pulled trying to play Nina and cause others to think twice before taking roles that they aren’t a good fit for (in regards to physical appearance, skin tone included).

  • i troll it like i see it

    I love and support Amara but I am going to have to agree with you on the stylist part. Her fashion needs work at times.

  • datjerk

    Sigh. This shit is exhausting

  • Coffee1st

    I guess we see it differently. I’m glad she brought it up. Can’t think of specifics, but I’ve seen a ton of movies/shows with light skinned ppl in roles that made no sense.

  • i troll it like i see it

    I agree, Light Girls was stupid and unnecessary, also what was Amber Rose doing in it? I thought she identified as a white woman.

  • Cali

    Sandra was just being extra, she did not claim that she was cast, but auditioning then stopped

  • hottlanta

    Zoe playing Nina was a mistake because she didn’t possess the SOUL of Nina for us to see Nina. Putting her on a fake nose and blackface cosmetics was tooo much. I read Nina, still got her Mississippi Got damn album with the song Young, Gifted and Black. Zoe would have had a lot to do. I couldn’t see Jamie playing Ray Charles at first but he had the soul of Ray Charles being blind down to a science where we thought he was Ray Charles which was BRAVO!!!! . She should have never showed up for the audition. She should have turned it down time she was informed about it. I stand by original comment she thought an all black cast meant failure and bailed out.

  • i troll it like i see it

    “She’s black…very black” I’m sorry where? She looks biracial and even said she’s biracial, so how did you deduce from all that information that she is black? She’s of mixed race, not black. Why do you want her to be black so desperately?

  • Coffee1st

    But how could she possess the soul of a woman who loved all things black and made it her life’s work to champion for black folks when she adamantly denied being black. Couldn’t identity with no parts of blackness. She accepted that role out of arrogance and gross disregard.
    And you’re right. Jaime played the $**t outta that role.

  • Jussjess25

    Hummm Im not aure I believe her?? ??

  • Jussjess25

    Exactly lol

  • http://ebonynsweet.com Ebony N’ Sweet

    I had to comment Ms. Aunti Rose.. because your readers are totally missing the point!!!! Because they are women and simply don’t understand comic books or their story-lines lol.

    WAKANDA NEVER EXPERIENCED COLONIZATION!!!!!! THEY ARE AN ISOLATED AFRICAN COUNTRY THAT DON”T INTERMIX WITH OTHER RACES. WHICH MEANS BIRACIAL PEOPLE DON”T EXIST IN THEIR WORLD, PERIOD.

    She might have considered auditioning for a role on Black Panther, but she wouldn’t have recieved a call-back lol… So Amandla Stenberg is just trying to get attention. She pathetic in my eyes, I have no respect for her.

  • Cali

    exactly, not possible

  • http://ebonynsweet.com Ebony N’ Sweet

    You wasting your time trying to explain an Comic-book story line with women lol… Let them be ignorant.

  • hottlanta

    Someone always comes along and makes it clearer than I could have. Love it. Yep she was arrogant and had gross disregard which was disrespectful. The sistahs let her know they wasn’t having it. They let her know that Nina Simone is not just a job, it is a duty. She found out the hard way. Haven’t seen her since. Jamie knew Ray wasn’t a job it was a duty. That is why he did it so well.

  • http://ebonynsweet.com Ebony N’ Sweet

    For all the slow girls in the comments…

    BLACK COUNTRY WITHOUT INTERRACIAL RELATIONSHIPS + 1,000yrs of Isolation = WAKANDA

    Bravo to the Producer and director for hiring only ‘darkskin’ actors and staying true to the comic books. F*CK Amandla Stenberg.. Apply for a job at Walmart B*Tch lol

  • more

    She is very woke. This fiilm would not have had the same impact

  • more

    It won’t work of it was a light skin cast. It’s just her being honest

  • more

    Your ignorant self don’t know what the hell she is talking about.

  • Jygalo

    Yeah and you do know all native Africans aren’t dark right?

    Lord have mercy it’s bad when white folks are ignorant but blk folks?!!

    Sooo
    Lmfao there were no wide azz oceans or trade or Egyptians or ppll along the coast to mingle with who were paler and still african!!! Smdh do better okay? Seriously. Africa is a continent with over 50 countries and I bet you couldn’t name 5 without googling.

  • KISSmyENTIREass

    kudos to her. she deserve it but just gave it to some who with the total psck..

  • ReadingIsFundamental4Real

    Jim Crow

  • Meme

    Why thank you Luvi lol

  • datjerk

    Look dickhead, I said wtf I said.

  • Malcom Flex

    She’s right. Fools don’t know Africans they aren’t claiming mixed as black!!

  • Malcom Flex

    That was a teachable moment she did the right thing. Biracials can’t be repping pure black!

  • Meme

    This is so unfair on Letitia Wright. She got this role on her own merits, but now what Amandla has stated is belittling this actress’ hard work. Amandla was deadly serious about this role she even shaved her head for it, she probably dropped out of the audition process because she realised she was out of her depth. Now people are claiming shes so brave and fawning all over her like she was in the titanic and gave her own life jacket to Letitia Wright. please get a grip people, she hasn’t saved a life she dropped out of an audition process for a film role

  • chococherry

    Oh please. Lightskins are in all of the movies. As soon as its an all chocolate cast now people feel slighted? I can’t.

  • MythCalledLove

    I don’t think that was the reason. She may think that is why. Maybe she just didn’t test well. Not everyone was dark skin. One or two in the female army was her complexion. She did get killed but I don’t think she was killed because of that. They had a vision of what his family would look. They found the one for the role because she earned it not that she met the color requirements . If you see her in Black Mirror you get a chance to see she has talent. I hope this doesn’t hurt her chances to work on other projects.

  • Smart choice

    Who said they felt slighted? What are you even talking about? This young lady said she dropped out the audition process because she knew she didn’t fit the role, it wasn’t for her. It was for a dark skinned actress, who eventually got the role. What you’re saying is actually Amandla’s point.

  • Rhondalousey

    She did no one a favor! The role was not hers, the better actress got it. She had to audition just like everyone else.

  • Smart choice

    No it wouldn’t have. All the beautiful dark skin, and beautiful dark people, is what makes the movie unique (sad), and makes the movie that much more awesome.

  • Smart choice

    I can’t stand it when people don’t want to address colorism or act like it’s not important. It is. It’s racism within the race. Nothing less, and it’s pervasive and damaging, just like racism we experience from outside the race.

  • Rhondalousey

    Shes biracial like he said! Damn, can black people have something for themselves ?!?!

  • Rhondalousey

    Huh? Please tell me where the light skin comes from if its not colonized? I wish people would read a damn book and really know their history.

  • Meme

    Haha lol lol silly Billy you’re telling me to read a book? I wonder what books you’re reading the ones massa said you can read. I am not Nigerian however in Nigeria alone are you aware of how many tribes there are? The Youroba the Igbo the Biafrans the Fulani etc etc. I’ve said this before nigerians have a high incidence of twins and previously if you gave birth to what the see as an ”odity” eg twins baby born with tooth baby that is too light skin they would put it to death (in the past) anyway I digress what I’m trying to say is that in Nigeria alone the tribes vary the complexions the features much less the whole of Africa as a continent don’t be brainwashed by the potbellied famine kids fanning flies and think this is Africa before colonisation there where light dark and all in-between hun

    https://goo.gl/images/GgwuyB

  • Holler If Ya Hear Me

    I think her passing upbthe role is commendable and her being honest with herself.

  • Holler If Ya Hear Me

    You know some of us can’t and/or don’t like to read to comprehend…

  • Holler If Ya Hear Me

    Right. She is very much white as she is black.

  • Sally Wright McLinn

    Don’t believe Amandla. it could be that she got a copy of the script, or her agent got it and passed it to her. And tried to “get” her an audition. Many times with these auditions, the casting director wants a “Type”!!!! For example — young woman with blond hair. Short, fat woman. Physically fit man….etc. I betcha the casting director sent a “type wanted” and it was for an “African looking woman with brown or dark skin.”

  • Sally Wright McLinn

    SHE NEVER GOT THE AUDITION!!!! READ IT AGAIN. SHE WAS “IN THE PROCESS”, but she never went before the casting director. She’s full of it and wants her 5 minutes of fame.

  • Sally Wright McLinn

    @Ebony is right. Amanda got the script and probably her agent tried to get her an audition. but the Casting call would ask for a “brown or black skinned” African looking woman. Not a biracial woman.
    Everybody needs to see Lalaland again.

  • KISSmyENTIREass

    thanks you for giving me a better under standing..

  • mellymel

    Amandla Stenberg isn’t in a single episode of Black Mirror.

  • Hhhhhaaanameee

    Isn’t she playing a love interest for a Nazi soldier in a new movie? Seems appropriate for that role….I think she just wants he name out there, so promoting her own agenda for a movie breaking box office records.

  • den

    Why can’t these twits just stand there shut up be pretty….nut that happens when the media hype their stupid asssssss

  • Gloria

    This is incredibly commendable. Don’t understand why she is getting backlash when biracial privilege exist and we know it does ?????

  • Gucchy Igwenyi

    This is an ignorant comment. I’m Nigerian, pure African and if you know anything about Africa, then you would know that not everyone has the dark brown pigment. Some are actually very light naturally, from birth and not mixed.

  • Cannelle

    I finally saw the movie, and really enjoyed it. Ms. Wright who played the role of Shuri did extremely well and was beautiful to watch. All of the women in the film were excellent and I also enjoyed watching biceps ;)

    Stenberg appears to be especially aware, especially for her young age. Her phenotype is more favored when it comes to film and she should have no shortage of roles.

  • Cannelle

    I posted my comment, but now that I read yours, it gives me more perspective. There could be ulterior motives here on the part of Stenberg. Nonetheless, I really enjoyed Ms. Wright, and I think that she did an excellent job.

    But honestly, I think I would have rather seen Ms. Wright in that role than Stenberg, hands down.

  • MiamiMoon

    That is still not an excuse if you want success work harder. If you grind you can make it regardless of what color you are and become successful.

  • Kemi

    It is a sensitive issue that will bring out raw emotions in ppl. That’s why ppl don’t want it addressed. Case in point, just look at some of the comments in here. We want to pick and choose a biracial person that belongs in our ethnic group based on social acceptance/ status and convenience. Most black people I have encountered sees and refers to Obama as a black man. Even though, he’s biracial. Internalized racism and colorism has really done a number in our community! I know my comment is going to be unpopular but this is a real issue that we are faced with.

  • Yetunde

    Thank you.

  • Diva_woman

    Wow, that’s crazy. A lot of time women take out their insecurities on other women. Maybe they were mad af the attention the lighter skinned girls were getting and that’s how they expressed their own pain. It sucks but as a community we abuse each other.

  • Mia Said so

    Speak on it Malcom

  • Phillybruh

    Yeah, sure is. But it wouldn’t have been this.

  • WutizstillHERE!

    I totally understand what she is saying. It is true that for years darker skin was not the accepted “Black” when casting black people they always got the lightest of the light to stand next to them. So I appreciate the fact she recognized that. And to keep with the authenticity of the movie, if Wakanda was a hidden African city and no outsiders ever ventured there..there wouldnt be any lighter shades there.

  • Phillybruh

    And lets not forget at the end of the day this is Disney so her being considered isn’t a stretch at all.

  • ShelbyMoore

    I said what I said. It wasn’t up for discussion.

  • ShelbyMoore

    Nah, you’re the problem. Inviting everyone “other” to be black…they aren’t boo boo. The only people hurt by this are ppl who don’t have two black parents or ppl who are dating/marriage interracial. Cry me a river then jump off in it. Bye!

  • WutizstillHERE!

    an more than likely would have been picked being her resume with the Hunger Games and the people who recognize her. I am glad about who they chose for the role.

  • LeXx

    All of y’all are ignorant ASF….. this young lady is BLACK…. No matter what you think or tell yrselves…. It’s very sad that us as BLACK PPL feel the need to even try and have this conversation abt if she is black or not…. Ok she has 1 black parent and 1 white, to a white person she is BLACK period…. Stop trying to separate US…. She is BLACK….. Anyone saying differently is LOST

  • Kemi

    Amandla was astute enough to recognize she was not fit for the role due to her skintone. Her coming out to say might have sounded arrogant and condescending. But she’s factual in making her statement.

  • Cannelle

    ITA. It seems that she has a history of not only making these type of statements, but putting words to action. So I am willing to cut her some slack.

    I don’t see why some mixed race women still have a problem understanding colorism. I don’t. Maybe I need to read another article, because I am confused as to why people are upset, other than the usual “but I’m black too!” stuff.

    IMO any light skinned person, white, mixed, whatever, would be out of place in the movie. The white American man was so out of place and his presence was very jarring for me.

  • Guest©

    I agree. Had she accepted the role, people would’ve have proclaimed that there are other black (dark skin) actresses that should’ve gotten the part. She tried to avoid controversy. My only question is why she felt the need to share this story. As a biracial woman myself, I have to assume she knew ppl would be fake outraged by her comments. Shes young though so oh well.

  • Kemi

    Exactly! She’s an outspoken 19 y/o that is entrenched in politics and feminism. She’s very opinionated!

    Colorism is not openly discussed cos it’s an underlying racist agenda aimed to cause identity crisis.

  • Leigh Burton

    Letitia Wright would have done that role better anyway! Can you imagine bougie Amandla playing that role?

  • Cannelle

    If colorism was discussed more openly, people would have to confront their prejudices against themselves and those they love, and people don’t want to do that, lol.

    I look at how entrenched colorism is in some Asian communities, and am at least appreciative that American people like Ms. Stenberg are at least bringing it to the forefront.

  • SingleGalCrazyWorld

    Chadwick Bosemen said that he never “brags” about the roles he’s turned down because it’s in poor taste. For Amandla to even perch her lips to say this just goes to show how narcissistic she is. Its kinda like that “fake wokeness” Jaden and Willow talked about in that crazy interview a few years ago. I honestly think she auditioned and lost of Letitia. Why cant she just be happy for the cast and movie success she aint have to say all that. Anyway I only know her as Rue from Hunger Games so she needs to have several seats in the HUMBLE section. Letitia was nominated for a BAFTA and acted the hell outta that role in Black Mirror.

  • Meme

    Well I’m still yet to see it but I’m sure you’re right and that ms Wright did the role justice

  • Meme

    Lol at perch her lips

  • PhillyFacts

    Not her comment I was speaking in general; a lot of brothers and sisters mindsets period, with the colorism bs is super annoying.

  • Sid

    As a actor or actress you should never say that you took a role or dropped a role for someone else. You might end in the same movie with person. It’s not a humble look to have mentioned this. Sometimes keeping your mouth close will get you further in life. It seems like she is mad that the movie made so much without her in it. Sit the fawk down somewhere

  • hottlanta

    Lot’s of people work hard and are not successful. People have died from working hard. Success is all about access as well.

  • Kimberly King

    Good !!! Bye

  • Mister Fantastic

    You sound like a damn fool. Please read what I wrote, and get back to me dummy!

  • Mister Fantastic

    :( Yep…

  • Banka

    She just need to sit down, she says she turned down the role but then says she stopped auditioning for it ……. whatever .!!!

  • Coco

    But there was no role to take because it wasn’t offered to her, she was just auditioning. Ryan Coogler said he leticia was his first choice from the start.

  • Coco

    Thank you. People are acting she was offered the role and turned it down. Ryan said Letitia was the first choice.

  • Coco

    She’s also playing the role of a dark black girl on the upcoming movie ‘the hate u give’. But she’s woke now lol

  • Jygalo

    Says the man who wrote “pure black African blood” smh ok

  • Mister Fantastic

    Huh? You know what? Jygalo these nuts. Good day idiot….

  • Mister Fantastic

    Huh? You know what? Jygalo these nuts. Good day idiot….

  • Drea982

    I fail to see the problem here. If she felt the role was inappropriate that’s her choice to discontinue pursuit. I See what she’s saying. If she took the role people would have been mad soooooo…BYE.

  • Scorpiess

    She sounds conceited to me. If she graced the set no black actresses would have had a look in. Really? Wow. Her comments here though differ from other excerpts I have read.

  • Look@m3

    Well good and thank you because you did us all a favor…BTW who are you again? Please don’t answer because I really don’t care…So tired of the color complex issue…its old!

  • Applebootay

    I love this young woman…she is intelligent beyond her years and if you’ve ever followed her or listen to her speak on black issues…you’d be proud…she is definitely culturally aware than most millennials her age….her decision to decline the role actually reflects how much she knows of her black history……well done….

  • Applebootay

    But it wasn’t that she dropped it FOR someone else…it wasn’t like it was down to the last two…as the article stated…she was in the early audition process…now I would agree on maybe ….maybe not mentioning….but for an entirely different reason…

  • Applebootay

    Gosh! you took the words right out of my mouth….

  • Look@m3

    Well she made a great decision by backing off whoever she is….

  • Applebootay

    Your comments are EVERTHING and on point…Thank you….@disqus_KRJ9cBMlIj:disqus @Peals:disqus

  • Applebootay

    Annnnnnnnnd…she decided to pull out of the audition process…SHE PULLED out…so people don’t read anymore…

  • Applebootay

    No….but that’s incorrect….she is actually quite famous more than any of the other actresses in the movie…she was in the Audition Process….so yes, she got it…and announced it at the Essence thing…so there would be so many people to dispute her claims…you can’t pull out of something you didn’t get…

  • Applebootay

    I was right with you until the ….So Amandla Stenberg is just trying to get attention. She pathetic in my eyes, I have no respect for her….if you know anything about her personally, and her career success…you’d know she doesn’t need attention….and she is very pro black….do a little research on HER and you’d agree that she made the decision to pull out for the SAME reasons you stated…how can that not be respected?

  • Applebootay

    That’s exactly why I’m about to log off this blog and do some work….people don’t even know WTF they talking about..because they mostly don’t know her body of work or her stance on black, women and social issues….

  • Oretta Grace Smith

    Being Black enough has Nothing to do with the color of your skin. Tracie Ross, Debbie Allen, Raven Symone, and others. Whoever she is? She missed out on a lifetime role. She is an unknown actress!!!

  • Applebootay

    Maaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaannnnnnnnnn…..watch some of her YT and follow her she is Angela Davis Woke….LOL

  • Kemi

    Awww thank you!! ?

  • Cannelle

    Many thanks. :)

  • Cannelle

    Just like white people, many lighter skinned people, biracial or otherwise, have difficulties confronting their own privilege. I think that they 1) LIKE the privilege, understandably and/or 2) are hung up on the idea that if they recognize that have unfairly gained benefits (not their fault), then people will accuse them of being bad, lazy, etc.

    The thing is: they aren’t bad people because they recognize injustice, they are bad people because they turn a blind eye to injustice and refuse to help equalize the situation.

    I recognize my own privilege, both in terms of skin tone and many other things, such as not having a physical handicap and being born in a place that allows girls to have an education, for example.
    This cannot be ignored, no matter how hard they try. The truth is undeniable.

  • starbright9449

    I feel like she’ll be blessed with another big role cause of her humble views.

  • starbright9449

    Why dark skinned women mad at what she said tho???

  • starbright9449

    It’s hilarious as I watch the hypocrites on this post be upset knowing if she had gotten and accepted the role, they’d be mad saying “Oh they couldn’t let dark skinned sistas shine, the had to throw a light skinned one into the mix.” Which is what they attempted to do, wisen up. They obviously felt the need to attempt to cast a mixed woman first.

  • more

    Damn ok I’m am about to do just that!

  • more

    Exactly! It would not have worked had everyone been mixed or looked racially ambiguous. They used real black people

  • more

    Bish say less!!

  • Stuffin10

    Light skin ,dark skin, and anything in between, I’m sick of it….it’s something that here and it’s not going anywhere…..this will still be an issue 100 yrs from now as long as the human race still walks this earth……..we have to move on people!

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    The post very clearly states she auditioned.

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    The understanding was she had the role. Everyone has to audition. But she turned it down.

  • Sid

    But the thing is she auditioned, they didn’t offer her a role.

  • Not a Housewife & Neither RU

    But who talks about a role they “auditioned” for???… they didn’t offer her a role. So what’s the real story here? Does she need a kudos from the culture because she allowed us dark skins to have a moment? Someone should teach her that not everything needs to be said and furthermore, I call fraud on Essence for this bs click bait. Everybody trying to get a come up off Black Panther, even those who were never associated with the project like Amanda blah blah blah here

  • shun king

    quick to say white folks used to live in caves when blacks folks living in caves right now in 2018

  • Not a Housewife & Neither RU

    I’ll speak for myself. Her comments come off very conceited as if she did us dark skins a favor by allowing us to have a moment. More importantly there is an unspoken rule among actors you don’t discuss roles you didn’t get or turned down. It’s tacky. Plus, she auditioned just like every black person in the world. They didn’t offer her the role, so to say she turned down the opportunity for some fictional altruism towards dark skinned women is garbage. What makes me upset is her thirst to have some sliver of an association with the best movie of the year and Essence co-signed the garbage making them just as fraud.

  • shun king

    i think you have me confused its a few posters on here change there name to look like mine….at the most i try to warn gays of the danger AIDS and the other disease associated with that life style..my apologies if it offends you

  • shun king

    yup i saw it with the bigger chicks quick to beat down the skinny chicks aslo with guys its the same more of he mad cause you have the better outfit on and getting on the chicks

  • Layah Jhene

    Lol you do know there are light skinned people without a drop of white blood in them. Everyone wasn’t darkskinned

  • rashaad

    I’m sick of it too…everyone screams that whites treat us differently bc of skin tone…we as blacks treay each other differently for the same reason

  • Gina7169

    ‘They found the one for the role because she earned it not that she met the color requirements . If you see her in Black Mirror you get a chance to see she has talent.’

    I think she’s talking about Leticia Wright in the comment above. She was the one in the Black Mirror episode, which was excellent.

  • Cap

    What role would she have played anyway? No shade, but the cast is perfect as it is. Plus everyone in it is brown or dark, who would she have been? Agent Ross’ love child with a native Wakandan? I’m just saying I can’t imagine her being in it anyway, who would she have been? But she’s an intelligent lady I’ll give her that. She’s one of the woke ones but Yara Shahidi is taking over with that

  • Cap

    She wouldn’t have fit the role anyway

  • MRiGOThim

    Girl, you black enuf…

  • Jahnée Gill Mr.Eddie Murphy??

    You just proved me right with your racist comment! You are a white man and the seed of the devil! Bye troglodyte! The caves are your homelands. Go back there! You might as well ,before the time comes and you demons are rounded up and thrown back in them.

  • Floriduhh Evans

    I agree…

  • Queen B

    Real shît!! ????

  • Queen B

    Girl stop flexing u didn’t get the role just b honest

  • Queen B

    She deserved it how? When? ? Im confused

  • pure_rachet

    I finally screamed and finally cried. Thank you.

  • Blaque Mahogany

    “It’s hard being pretty and light skin.” Made my blood boil.

  • i troll it like i see it

    Because it was ridiculous! Being pretty doesn’t have anything to do with being light skinned. I just wrapped up 20 years in the military, retired. Some of the most unattractive people I’ve seen in my life all over, have been fair skinned. And some of the most stunning people I’ve seen around the world have been of deep, dark color. I’m talking so good looking you couldn’t help but stare. So good looking they are looking at you wondering why the hell you are staring at them!

  • Tameshia Godfrey

    How can someone turn down or walk away from something that was NEVER theirs?! She auditioned only!

  • don juan

    Amanda you are confused please go get yourself together. You are Black. Stop it.

  • A D N

    I was expanding your limited information on the subject because it is obvious by what you said.