If you haven’t had the chance to check out Black Panther, you must be tripping. The box office smash is still making waves throughout headlines and breaking box office records.
The star-studded cast has been since all over the world, and have been giving us fashion envy all over social media. For the most part, the movie has received phenomenal feedback.
But there is always room for controversy.
Especially when it involves black people. Unlike other cultures, there always seems to be some backlash or negative commentary when it comes to anything we do that is positive and uplifting for our community.
Lately, the topic of discussion is Hunger Games star, Amandla Stenberg, and her comments regarding walking away from auditioning for Black Panther to make room for darker complexion women. Though her comments are not demeaning in anyway, some people are not receiving them very well.
It’s not very often we see an all-black cast in Hollywood, let alone a cast portrayed by dark-skinned actors. Before the film ever hit theaters, it began setting the stage for positive representation not only for black people, but those of a darker complexion.
The character Stenberg was slated to audition for was Princess Shuri, played by Letita Wright. In the movie, Wright was the sister of King T’Challa, played by Chadwick Boseman. Like the other strong female roles in the movie, Wright was of the darker complexion.
As a black actress and activist, Stenberg stated she turned down the role out of social duty. Her reasons for walking away were because she didn’t think a biracial woman would fit the storyline of the movie. Wakanda was a region in South Africa where colonization had not formed yet. Knowing this, Sternberg undoubtedly passed on the role.
“One of the most challenging things for me to do was walk away from Black Panther. I got really, really close and they were like, ‘Do you want to continue fighting for this?’ And I was like, “This isn’t right. ‘These are all dark-skin actors playing Africans and I feel like it would have just been off to see me as a biracial American with a Nigerian accent just pretending that I’m the same color as everyone else in the movie,” she told CBC.
Like darker complexion women, the opportunities allotted to biracial women are also quite limited in Hollywood. Apparently, biracial women are often asked and questioned about being able to relate to black pain, issues, and struggles.
Though the actress stated it wasn’t easy, her social consciousness was well-received. Stenberg is scheduled to appear in two projects this summer.
Tell us what you think about her comments.