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It’s truly fascinating when biracial individuals discover, or should we say “accept” their Blackness. That moment they receive a reality check from the very people they consider genetically superior, or more relatable, to Blackness is quite curious.

Actress/singer Zoë Kravitz has revealed the struggles she’s had landing roles because of her “urban” genetics.

In the August issue of Nylon magazine, Kravitz described how she tried to audition for a small part in the Christopher Nolan-directed “The Dark Knight Rises.”


“They told me that I couldn’t get an audition for a small role they were casting because they weren’t ‘going urban,’” she said. “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?’”

On her identity as the biracial daughter of stars Lisa Bonet and Lenny Kravitz, the actress said she has only recently begun to identify more with her blackness. She said growing up attending a predominantly white school made her feel as though she was “just as white” as her classmates.

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“I identified with white culture, and I wanted to fit in,” she told Nylon. “I didn’t identify with black culture, like, I didn’t like Tyler Perry movies, and I wasn’t into hip-hop music.

“Unfortunately that is what’s fed through the media. That’s what people see. That’s what I saw,” Kravitz added. The actress says she has since gained more perspective on being black, and realizes that black culture is “so much deeper than that.”

Introductions to important black actors and musicians helped Kravitz change her perspective on black identity. “I got older and listened 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.”

She has parents who some consider Black, others consider bi-racial, yet, based on her own comments, it would appear neither parent instilled in her just a teaspoon of Black pride. The poor chile viewed Black culture as nothing more than Tyler Perry in a dress and Lil Wanye sippin’ syrup in his skinny jeans. Sad.

Although, there are many who would agree that Black culture is dead, so why throw shade at Zoë’s upbringing/education? Still, we do hope she spends her free time staying busy with lessons on Black history, ya know, that which they don’t teach you in school (well, maybe once a month). If she digs deep enough she’ll find intoxicating reads about Black culture before it was destroyed and rewritten by the lucrative slave trade. We have no doubt that she will find such lessons empowering.

Kravitz is currently filming “Allegiant: Part 1,” the next installment in the “Insurgent” movie franchise.

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84 thoughts on “Zoë Kravitz On Her Greatest Challenge: ‘Accepting Black Identity’

  1. BeBe on said:

    Pam; I see you don’t get it either? When a black man marries outside his race; is he not marrying a person who is also marrying outside her race? Why is this so hard for people to understand. I repeat and why don’t you answer — do you see black men forcing white women to marry them? White women should just say “no” and marry a white man, this would also “solve the problem” (someone so ignorantly put it a few comments up) of mixed marriage bi-racial — which I don’t see a problem with, since we are all people. Can you at least understand this point?

  2. If u want 2 find out about your racial identity, you have to open your mind as well as your heart. Black Culture is just as diverse as any other culture on the planet. Read books, watch television, movies, Stage, etc. Its is all over the place. Black is just not a color, but is a state of mind.

  3. Janice on said:

    Accepting blackness we need to learn to love our color as in the past if we had a drop of black in us we were considered that Black …..Society eventually gives you a reality check as not one time can President Obama play the I am biracial card, he can not say he is he first BiRacial President so what does that say about America????…they see him as he is a Black man and he will always be a black man same thing for Halle Berry she is considered African American when she is given an award in the news/Hollywood…When biracial individuals go to jail they are automatically placed under the black man/woman got arrested….have you ever heard or read that a biracial person did a crime, you are labeled you to the race that they see you as…… BLACK……

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