This is interesting! Actress Amandla Stenberg says she gave up on a role in the movie “Black Panther” because she was light skinned. Stenberg is a biracial actress, activist, and film maker that admits that her light complexion had everything to do with her not pursuing the role.
She explained, “One of the most challenging things for me to do was to 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 m as a bi-racial American with a Nigerian accent just pretending that I’m the same colour as everyone else in the movie.”
She went on to say, “That was really challenging, to make that decision, but I have no regrets. I recognize 100 per cent that there are spaces that I should not take up and when I do take up a space it’s because I’ve thought really, really critically about it and I’ve consulted people I really trust and it feels right.”
Interesting story, especially since Nigerians come in all shades of black. Your Thoughts?