Zoë Kravitz takes a stand and exposes the lack of racial and ethnic diversity in Hollywood production both on-screen and behind closed doors.
Though we loved her in the film Dope, the 28-year-old actress, entertainer, and model explains the struggle she faces with roles in an interview with Allure:
“As an actress, I get told all the time, you can’t have this role because you’re black. When you read a script, usually they’ll describe the character, and they won’t put ‘Caucasian’ most of the time, but then when someone’s meant to be black or Asian or Indian, they’ll put that in. So you’re supposed to assume that everyone else is white.”
Author Stacy L. Smith argues, “we’re seeing that there is not just a diversity problem in Hollywood. There’s actually an inclusion crisis.” Stacey L. Smith is the founding director of media diversity and social change initiative at USC Annenberg School of Journalism.
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Zoë further exposes the behind scenes’ dirty laundry in the industry.
“I’ve also had experiences where I’ll be on a shoot, and there will be a well-known hair [stylist] who doesn’t really know how to do black hair. So I’ll bring someone that does, and that person will really do all the work — [but] the other person gets the credit. It happens a lot, to a lot of black hairstylists, because that [other] person is famous and works out of Paris or whatever. [One] person does all the work, and the other person gets the credit. It’s really sad.”
Although she is the love-child of America’s favorite “Huxtable”, Lisa Bonet and Rockstar Lenny Kravitz, she still gets victimized by the continuous cycle of ethnic deficiency in television. However, she doesn’t let it stop her. In fact, she educates the audience on this stigma and argues that no race should be typecast or boxed in.
“I think I have changed people’s minds about roles. I’ve gotten roles that were for a white blonde. The best thing we can do is try to teach people this doesn’t have to be like that.”