The upcoming movie The Hate U Give premiered it’s first trailer during the BET awards on June 28.
The Hate U Give film is based on the best selling novel by Audrey Wells and describes it’s lead character, Starr as a dark skinned young black woman with an afro, who in the film trailer is played by Amandla Stenberg.
Amandla Stenberg, a biracial light skin actress does not match this description. This comes as a surprise to fans of the actress as she previously spoke about Hollywood’s issue with casting women of a darker complexion announcing that she rejected a role in Black Panther as a result of wanting a dark skin black actress to have the opportunity to offer representation to young black women.
This is not the first time that Hollywood has casted a lighter skinned black woman to play the role of a woman who is of darker skin. In 2016, Zoe Saldanawas casted to play Nina Simone. There’s also the role Marvel’s Storm who is depicted in several comic books as having dark skin portrayed by Halle Berry. It is clear that we have a long way to go until we reach proper representation for all black women.
It didn’t take long for fans of The Hate U Give to take to social media to express their thoughts on Hollywood’s issue with colorism. Many agreed that lighter skinned actresses are often offered more roles in television and film and as a result easy to name. In an attempt to stop end this overused excuse, here is my* list of young dark skinned black actresses that both you and Hollywood should know.
Written By: Nah'Ja Washington
My name is Nah’Ja Washington and I am a Writing Arts and Advertising Major at Rowan University in Glassboro New Jersey. In my free time I love to write and watch a lot of drama filled tv.