Universal Pictures is casting black girls for its film Straight Outta Compton, a biopic which documents the rise of rap supergroup N.W.A.
The casting call by Sande Allesi Casting, which reflects the target audience of the movie, grades the women by skin color and whether they wear weave and extensions. "Fine" LSLH women (light skinned with long hair) are graded A/B, while dark skinned women who wear hair weave are graded C/D. Naturally the weave wearers are outraged by the degrading implications of the casting call.
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Rapper J. Cole sparked controversy when he said President Obama wouldn't have been elected if his skin was dark.
In an interview with BET, Cole said 'colorism' brainwashes black people to see light skinned people as highly favored in the black community. As an example, Cole said President Obama's light skin helped him win the election in 2008.
"Barack Obama would not be President if he were dark skin," said Cole.
"That brainwashing that tells us that light skin is better, it’s subconsciously in us, whether we know it or not… still pursuing light skin women," said Cole.
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