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In a really great interview with Fusion recently, Cree Summer, the voice of our beloved characters Susie Carmichael and Freddie Brooks, was asked about being considered one of the original carefree Black girls represented in the mainstream, leading the way for others like Willow Smith, Amandla Stenberg and her goddaughter, Zoe Kravitz (whom all cite her as an influence). The carefree Black girl, otherwise known as the second cousin to the quirky Black girl, is viewed as one who marches to the beat of her own drum. She is the alternative representation most of us love to see, and at times, crave to be. But if you ask Summer, seen as the poster child (make that woman) of all things easygoing and unique, she’s not really feeling the label because she says the carefree Black girl is somewhat of a myth. She does, however, believe that there is a rise in the conscious Black girl, self-aware and liberated, which should be celebrated.
“I don’t know a single black girl who’s carefree because it ain’t easy being a girl of color, period,” Summer said. “God, I wish we were carefree. A lot of political things would have to dramatically change in this planet for a woman of color to be carefree. But I think what they mean by that is more of an aware black girl, a conscious black girl. The more conscious you are, maybe the less cares you have and maybe the more cares you have as well—it kind of goes hand in hand. Self-awareness and more self-love and also the ability to care for other black women. It has something to do with being politically aware of where you stand on this planet and I think it has to do with not accepting the definition that’s been given to you by designing yourself. I’ve always been a loud mouth that way. I’ve always been proud to be different, I’ve always stood out like a sore thumb and I always have not given a damn.”
And Summer is raising her daughters, Brave and Hero, whom she calls her “savages” on Instagram, to embody that same way of free thinking and living.
“Listen, if you had dinner with them you’d say, these girls are savages. Or just went to the grocery store, you’d say, oh dear god they are savages,” she said. “They are so blazingly individual and they teach me so much everyday [sic]. My job now is to maintain their fearlessness. When Hero falls down or Brave blurts something out and everybody stares, we crack up. I don’t want them to get to that point where they are embarrassed or scared of everything. That’s the danger of growing up, you just get so f–king afraid of everything. And what you’re usually most afraid of is the judgment of a bunch of people you wouldn’t even hang out with on purpose. Who gives a shit? I’d rather be afraid of oh my god, I’m in shark-infested waters. Now there is a legitimate fear. Or Trump is going to run this country. There’s a legitimate fear.”
The actress and voice-over juggernaut also emphasized the importance of surrounding yourself with people who embrace you for that ingenuity, like her BFF Lisa Bonet, rather than stifle it. And if anyone can do that, according to Summer, it’s Black women.
“Girls that make you feel good about yourself, that’s the most important thing,” she said. “Listen, I hit the jackpot, I really did. I can’t complain about a lot of things because I have such a deep piracy and sisterhood and girl gang that is just so powerful. To have girlfriends in your life, they reflect back to you how strong you are, how funny you are, how fine you are, how powerful you are. That’s one of the awful things that has happened in this world is there is a conspiracy against women and so much propaganda that we don’t know how to be friends.
She continued: “That’s bullsh-t. If anybody knows how to be friends, it’s black women. We have been enslaved and had to care for each other and each other’s babies and pick each other up in so many powerful ways. We know to take care of each other, we know how to be friends. Don’t buy the lies. That’s why I say Support Your Local Girl Gang because when I fall down and my world is in shambles, the ones that take care of me and pick me up and put me back together are my sisters, my friends. I can’t stress enough the importance of having women friends. It will change your life.”
Summer sure is preaching! Check out her full Fusion interview here, and let us know where you stand on the idea of the “carefree Black girl.”
Many of you may have seen the trailer for the new Harry Potter sequel, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. If you haven’t, you can watch below.
The premise of the film, which stars Eddie Redmayne, is set in New York, 70 years before the events of the Harry Potter books and film series. In the new prequel, Newt Scamander, a Magizoologist, ventures into a secret community of witches and wizards, attempting to document magical creatures. The book he writes is eventually used at Hogwarts when Harry is in school.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Zoe Kravitz will be joining that world. Sources claim that Kravitz was added to the cast after production began. She is said to have a small role in this film but there is a possibility that she may play a more significant role in the sequel.
Fantastic Beasts is set to be released this year, November 18. And the sequel is already set to be released in November 16, 2018.
J.K. Rowling, the author of the Harry Potter series wrote the screenplay for the project. And David Yates who directed the last four Potter films also took on Fantastic Beasts and the 2018 sequel.
We’re glad a Black girl is going to be involved. Can’t wait to see what she does with the part in this film and the next.
When Zoë Kravitz isn’t busy starring in the third Divergent installment, Allegiant, or shooting the HBO miniseries Big Little Lies, the actress is rocking away with her alt-punk band Lolawolf.
But when she’s doing neither, the genetically blessed multi-hyphenate is usually serving as various designer’s muse. She was named the face of Vera Wang’s Princess fragrance in 2009, appearing on the brand’s website and various advertisements for the brand. Alexander Wang then called on the beauty to star in his 2010 campaign. Just last year Zoë become the face of Brooklyn-based designer Alexis Bittar’s jewelry line, and we saw her pose in ads for both Calvin Klein and Balenciaga.
Now, Kravitz can finally add a big name beauty endorsement to her already stacked resume boasting of fashion gigs. YSL, anyone? Yes. The 27-year-old has landed her first beauty job as a YSL Beauty muse. L’Oreal International Designer Collections Division’s president Alexandre Choueiri gushed about their new muse, saying in a statement:
“Zoë is not afraid to stand up for what she believes — we love her confidence and authenticity as much as we admire her kindness, humility and deep respect for individuality. In addition to her incredible talent as an artist, Zoë’s inner and outer beauty truly represents today’s modern woman. As a YSL Beauty muse, Zoë represents the brand’s vision of beauty, appealing to women of all ethnicities to become empowered through style and beauty.”
Kravitz also released a statement, offering, “Nothing is forced, nothing is fake, but everything is bold, strong, and unafraid. I’m very excited to work with this legendary and timeless company.”
Well, the only request we have thus far is this that Kravitz create a few of her own products, starting off with her always on point winged liner and a good brow gel.
If you’re like me, and you’re honest with yourself, you’re not afraid to admit that you have a Netflix addiction. It’s not exactly unhealthy but it hasn’t helped you get the sleep you desperately need, either. And maybe your not-fully-unhealthy addiction has prevented you from interacting with fellow human beings. But we’re not judging. We know it’s not your fault! Netflix is a never-ending bastion of cinematic goodness. But there’s little variety to the films Netflix promotes on their home page and their search parameters aren’t the best. That means you really have to comb through their archives and dig for the cinematic jewels that will please your movie palette. You being the uber Netflix fan that you are, you try to have the time and the patience to find those treasures, but your patience is wearing a little thin.
Lucky for you, we went ahead and compiled a list of the 10 best movies you need to stream on Netflix right now. You’re welcome. Now, proceed to Netflix and chill or Netflix and whatever it is you do before these titles vanish from their catalog altogether.
What is it about certain celebrities that draw us in? It’s not just their work on the big and small screens though that plays a significant role. Is it their likability factor? The way they conduct themselves on the red carpet, during interviews or on social media? For me, I think it’s their demeanor and candor outside of the work we associate them with that makes us feel like certain celebrities are our friends – at least, like Wendy Williams always says, in our heads. Who would you add to this short list of celebrity friends in our heads?
Taraji P. Henson
We’ve known and loved Taraji P. Henson for years, but the success of Empire catapulted her into superstar celebrity status. And yet, she still seems unaffected and exactly the same: cool, grateful, honest and down to earth. Henson seems like she’d be the ultimate ride-or-die friend who will always have your back through thick and thin. Who didn’t want to be friends with her (as well as Kerry Washington and Mary J. Blige) after seeing that Ava DuVernay-directed Apple Music commercial?
Remember, during the first few months, of what remains an on-going scandal with Bill Cosby, a Twitter account, allegedly belonging to Lisa Bonet, popped up. The account seemed to suggest that the truth cannot stay hidden for long. People ran with the tweets, assuming that they were in reference to Bill Cosby and that they were actually written by Lisa Bonet.
Later, a rep for the veteran actress confirmed that the person was not Bonet and that she didn’t have a Twitter account as all.
Still, we all wondered what Lisa Bonet had to say about the situation.
We got a general idea from her daughter Zoe Kravitz.
Kravitz recently spoke to The Guardian about her mother’s thoughts–or lack thereof– on the allegations. When they asked if Kravitz had discussed the rape allegations with her mother as he said, “She [Lisa Bonet] hasn’t, she really hasn’t. She’d plead the fifth, even to me. I think she’s just staying out of it.”
Though Bonet hasn’t come forward with an opinion to share publicly, Kravitz did say that her mother has some thoughts.
“She’s just as disgusted and concerned as everyone else is. But I don’t think she has any insight. It’s news to her as well.”
And while Kravitz could understand why people would wonder, she believes her mother would speak up if she had a valuable opinion to offer.
“She’s a very straightforward person. If there was something she felt the world needed to know that would help this case or help any women who had been abused, she would say something.”
We’ve seen Zoe Kravitz’s self-expression change in many ways throughout her childhood. Her style has gone from hobo hippie to “Twilight” vampire-chic. There have been many times where she’s looked like she hasn’t seen a bathtub or a comb in weeks. But we knew we were bound to get something edgy from the love child of rocker Lenny Kravitz and the black-girl-next-door-gone-bad, Lisa Bonet.
The LOLAWOLF lead singer and Mad Max actress recently opened to NYLON magazine about how she hasn’t always been comfortable in her own skin during her style evolution and reveals that she once identified more with white culture. NYLON reports:
“As one of few black kids in her predominately white school, she remembers saying things like, ‘I’m just as white as y’all,’ to her classmates. ‘I identified with white culture, and I wanted to fit in,’ she says. ‘I didn’t identify with black culture, like, I didn’t like Tyler Perry movies, and I wasn’t into hip-hop music. I liked Neil Young.’ But as time went on, her views shifted. ‘Black culture is so much deeper than that,’ she says, ‘but unfortunately that is what’s fed through the media. That’s what people see. That’s what I saw. But then I got older and listed to A Tribe Called Quest and watched films with Sidney Poitier, and heard Billie Holiday and Nina Simone. I had to un-brainwash myself. It’s my mission, especially as an actress.’”
Both of Kravitz’s parents are bi-racial, so it’s not completely unheard of that there are some parts of white culture that appeal to Kravitz, especially given the nature of friends she may have had growing up attending Miami Country Day School and Rudolf Steiner School in her childhood. But we’re glad to see she has learned that black culture isn’t defined by “Madea” and Biggie Smalls.
Kravitz also reveals the challenges of taking on the role of a character with an eating disorder in 2014’s “The Road Within”, especially after struggling with bulimia and anorexia as a teen:
“’It scared the s**t out of me.”
“I was worried about my health. There was, 100 per cent, a voice in my head that said, ‘You get to be really thin, and it’s OK.’ I felt that I could be like, ‘I’m not eating anything, and it’s for a job.’”
Kravitz dropped down to 90 lbs. at the time and as a result suffered from shingles and lost her voice:
“It wasn’t as simple as that before, during, or after, but it made me confront the fact that I still had a problem.”
She reveals that her struggles with body image in her teens rooted from pressures of the world she was growing up in including being the “chubby brown girl” in a word filled with her father’s supermodel friends and her mother being “the most beautiful woman in the world”.
She also claims she was denied a role in the Dark Knight trilogy, “Dark Knight Rises” due to her race:
“In the last ’Batman’ movie, they told me that I couldn’t get an audition for a small role they were casting because they weren’t ’going urban’.”
“It was like, ’What does that have to do with anything?’ I have to play the role like, ’Yo, what’s up, Batman? What’s going on wit chu?’”
Kravitz says she doesn’t want to limit herself to playing the “best friend” or girl struggling in the ghetto, and that her recent role in “Dope” hits all points she believes in.
Check out NYLON mag’s August 2015 issue for the complete profile.
Back in March, Zoe Kravitz was explaining that she doesn’t have a boyfriend because men “no one ever asks” her out. According to the Mad Max: Fury Road star, guys are way too intimidated by her coolness. But oh, what a difference just two months can make.
Over the weekend while in France for the 68th annual Cannes Film Festival, Zoe and fellow thespian, Mos Def or Yasiin Bey, spent quite a bit of time together and while we’re not implying that a man and woman can’t be in each other’s presence without becoming romantic, these two look mighty close.
On Sunday, Zoe snapped and shared a selfie with the “Ms. Fat Booty” rapper. Judging by the photo alone, it could be argued that the relationship shared between the two is simply platonic, but the fact that she referred to him as “bae” in the caption tells a different story.
Looking at things from a surface level, it seems that Zoe and Mos Def would be a perfect match, but some are wondering how appropriate this relationship can be considering that there is a 15-year age gap between them. Zoe is just 26 years old while Mos Def is 41.
It’s not clear what Zoe’s parents Lenny Kravitz,. 50, and Lisa Bonet, 47, think of this rumored relationship, but it looks like Lenny and Mos Def are quite fond of one another.
At this point, I would consider Zoe a grown and mature young lady who is capable of making her own decisions. Who are we to judge what’s going down between two consenting adults? But let’s not jump the gun. Perhaps we should just stay tuned to find out what’s really going on between these two.
Zoe kravitz and yasiin bey, I'd love to know what they're talking about pic.twitter.com/MzCf48I7oL
— Bae Sremmurd (@amidala1990) May 18, 2015
When you have a father at the top of the box office or an Emmy-winning mother, it can be intimidating when trying to decide if you should follow in your parents’ footsteps or journey out and do your own thing. These celeb kids decided to follow the lead of their parents and prove that the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.
Zoe Kravitz is the stunning off-spring of equally beautiful Lenny Kravitz and Lisa Bonet. This talented star is quickly rising up among Hollywood’s elite and has simply been dazzling both fans and A-listers alike. This busy bee is pretty much everywhere at the moment. Earlier this week we caught her on the Met Gala Red Carpet with her parents and ‘acting up’ with new gal pal Miley Cyrus while last week she graced pages of Flaunt magazine topless and recently discussed with Marie Claire her past issues with eating disorders and body image and how she had to go back to those dark moments for her new role in The Road Within. And let’s not forget her ‘bizarre’ poker game in her underwear with Miley Cyrus…
Anywho, skim through to see some of her jaw-dropping looks on and off the Red Carpet.
All images courtesy of WENN