• Mary Burrell

    She is beautiful always has been.

  • AbigailTea

    For those who are mad over Zendaya calling herself black, are you also mad at Alicia Keys calling herself black? Do you hate Obama as well? Obama also considers himself black.

    • Ms. Vee

      All these people are BIRACIAL….no hate. No anger. Just facts.

    • AbigailTea

      Okay but watch when many back peddle when something negatively race related happens or even something positive like an award or recognition.

      Very often the same black people who nag about Bi Racials calling themselves black, are the FIRST ones to say:

      “your black @ss know your place now” when a white person does them green. Or grab them as a black token when they receive an award.

      This happens all the time. Picking and choosing whenever Bi Racials are black whenever it is convenient.

    • Ms. Vee

      I agree to a large extent. And it gets on my nerves when black people treat biracial people like ping pongs and/or biracial people claim black when convenient. We still have a lot of prideless blacks in denial that seek white approval. And it is a problem. Those of us that don’t qualify as confused are speaking out against our misrepresentation.

    • D.J.

      I was actually gonna say the same thing lol I think I talked to you on older Zendaya thread using Halle Berry as an example: She wins best actress in a lead role “Woo! First Black woman to win an Oscar in that category, yay Black women!” then does something negative ” She isn’t even Black!” Yep, it’s all because we were so desperate for representation that we latched onto her accomplishments.

    • Jacqueline

      Halle Berry would not be famous if it were not for the black community. She has never tried to be anything but black. Her mother told she and her sister when they were growing “up your black”. Her mother went as far as to move to a black neighborhood and sought out a mentor for her “black children” that woman, a darkskinned black woman, is still a large part of her life and she considers her a second mother.

      this woman taught her how to be a black woman (halle’s words).

      Just because black people are stupid enough to get mad at what someone black may say or do, does not mean that that person stops being black.

      I have said this time and time again. I briefly knew Halle in Chicago and she did not advertise her white mother and her hair was as big and kinky as the rest of us. Being biracial (mixed with black) and being black are not mutually exclusive.

    • Jacqueline

      Being bi-racial and black are not mutually exclusive. Why don’t you let someone who is actually bi-racial and writes on this issue educate you.

      http://www.mixedracestudies.org/wordpress/?p=36268

    • Ms. Vee

      Well in that case being biracial and white or Asian should not be mutually exclusive either. But no one argues that with the other races….i wonder why.

    • vintage3000

      Zendaya called herself “just Black enough”-. As in, just a touch of Black was enough for her to be cast as a woman who was several shades darker (and much prettier).

      Plus, Alicia has never said any ignorant comments like this on record. You and that other commenter are working overtime to put her and Zendaya into one big biracial bucket.

      There is no “outrage” over Alicia being chosen as the face of Lanvin, sorry to disappoint you. Cuz guess what–Lupita is the new face of Miu Miu, Kelly Rowland the new face of Caress skin care and Kerry Washington is a spokesmodel for Neutrogena. Brown and darkskinned Black women have not TOTALLY been eclipsed by images of lighter and biracial women representing all of us, thank goodness. But best believe when many of us see our imagery literally being erased, there is going to be discussion about that.

    • Jacqueline

      Actually she was answering those people who were trying to say she was not black, by saying that it only takes one black parent to make her black enough. I loved her response. She is black enough.

      Now if we were talking Hailee Steinfield then that would be another issue. (She has a black grandparent I believe.)

      I hate the word hater but I think she responded to her “haters” perfectly.

    • vintage3000

      If you were intelligent enough to understand the bigger picture, you could grasp that it’s not just about her ethnicity. I have seen biracial people darker than her AND 100% Black Aaliyah (ex: Giancarlo Esposito).

      The larger perspective is lighter skinned women being used to replace the imagery of darker women. There is no controversy about HISPANIC Ya Ya DaCosta cast as Whitney Houston, because their skin tones are similiar, and they both clearly look like 100% Black women. There are several biopics about Black male artists where the lead actors are the exact same skin tone, or even darker: Andre 3000 as Jimi Hendrix, Don Cheadle as Miles, some other down as James Brown, list goes on. This attention to detail is not provided for the stories of Black women, even fictional ones. Another actress that I thought would have been PERFECT for this part is Kylie Bunbury, who may be biracial herself. But she looks a lot like Aaliyah, skintone and all. And as light brown as Aaliyah was, they still had to go even lighter for an actress.

      With Zendaya, this is the second biopic where a much lighter actress is cast to portray a darker woman, and a lot of Black women are noting it. To refer to this approach as “haters” is just as ignorant and juvenile as the comment from this smug newbie. At least her attitude fits right in with the disrespectful spirit of the entire production, and hopefully Aaliyah’s family will get that flick shut down.

    • D.J.

      Even the most minor fictional Black female characters: I hate to bring up The Hunger Games thing, but the character Rue is described in the book as a Black girl with dark brown skin yet Amandla Stenberg, who identifies herself as Biracial and has light skin, was cast for the role. It’s not coincidence or accident after the millionth time.

    • vintage3000

      Thank you. And there were still White folks who were still livid about any non-White character involved in their fantasy story, so there goes the marketing to the white dollar by using lighter actresses theory.

      Also in Precious, the teacher was described as dark brown with locs (one of the few positive characters in that novel). Which somehow turned into Paula Patton. All these people who like to pretend that these decisions just happen are either stupid, or mad that so many Black women are waking up to this ish.

    • D.J.

      Dark brown with locs? Wow…And so many people are trying to convince us we’re taking crazy pills.

    • vintage3000

      Yup–I didn’t read the novel, but I’ve read where people who have noted that the teacher’s darker color and natural hair helps the lead character to not hate her own skin color. And it would not have been as bad if a much lighter actress was cast who had natural hair, and also addressed colorism in the movie (which I did see). None of that happened, it was just Paula as the beacon of light and goodness, no explanations needed. Which is even more ingrained, when these mindsets are accepted with no discussion.

    • Jacqueline

      You drew out the real issue. this is about colorism and the fact that they think that women who are light skinned are treated better. That is all this is about. Emotion.

    • eve-audrey

      You really live on another planet. Are you saying the black women on this thread are just insecure?

      #girlbye

    • Jacqueline

      I think when it comes to biracial women. Yes. You are. Why else would there be all of this angst because they identify themselves as black? I do not see black men pitching a fit when Boris Kodjoe or Lenny Kravitz is talked about as handsome or is awarded a role in a movie.

      No, I live on this planet and I call them as I see them. Have a nice day.

    • eve-audrey

      Not once in my life have i been insecure about myself.
      I think a beautiful woman is a beautiful woman her ethnicity is of no importance to me. And i still believe there is a difference between black and biracial people. Lenny kravitz is biracial so is alicia keys gender does not make a difference to me.

      You know people do not know what to object to you when they start going the “black women are insecure” route. Lol

      When biracial men start being cast as black men on a regular basis THEN we will know if they have an issue with that or not.

      Save the insecure accusation for the easily impressed. Grow up and have a good day.

    • Jacqueline

      Boris Kodjoe never plays bi-racial. Lenny Kravitz in Precious and possibly the Marvin Gaye movie. Bi-racial black men are all over hollywood and Black men do not have a problem. that was the point I made.

      BTW. Only hit dogs holler.

    • eve-audrey

      I am not familiar at all with the work of boris kodjoe ( never seen his movies) and the only time i have seen lenny kravitz in a movie was in hunger games. And i stand by my opinion.

      You are right. Only hit dogs holler. I wonder why other people opinions hurt you so much. Grow up.

    • Tonididitonem

      Wth are you sayingggggg?! Coming out of left field. Man goodbye.

  • Kai26

    Biracial does not exclusively mean Black and White.