Confessions of a D Girl

If you havent heard about it by now, the casting call for the NWA biopic Straight Outta Compton  has gone viral because it is, as Gawker put it, “racist as hell.”

I cannot dispute that. The societal, social, economic and even labor impacts have been eloquently discussed across the web, especially here so I wont go into that. But I will give you the true life confessions of a D girl.

When I first read the ad, my first reaction was “Huh, I’m an out of shape Brown skin girl. I could get this part!” And if I had read the casting notice without the headline I probably wouldn’t have thought much about the language. Because I am an actress. One of my college lessons was “You’re too fat. You’re too black. You’re too short.” “Know your type” is a mantra. And blatant discrimination is commonplace and encouraged. 

So for everyone asking who would even respond to an ad like that, let me break it down for you: LOTS OF PEOPLE! Because you know what’s worse than being a out of shape, dark skinned D girl in a movie? BEING AN OUT OF SHAPE, DARK SKINNED ACTRESS NOT WORKING! Ask almost any actress and they’d tell you they’d rather be a working D than an unemployed A. 

Acting is a grueling career. And we cant act our way out of paying our bills or just pretend to eat. We have to work. And sometimes it aint glamorous.

But there’s another side to this issue. I dont know anything about the script, but I bet you as the movie progresses and NWA gets richer and more popular you will see a lot less D girls or C girls. By the time they reach their pinnacle, they will be surrounded by nothing but A and B girls. D girls ride the bus in Compton; A girls drink champagne in Beverly Hills. D girls are faceless images in the background; A girls get paid extra for closeups on their legs, breasts and smiling faces. The bottom line is that A girls get paid more and D girls get paid less.


I love performing. Love it! When I perform I am not a D girl. In fact, I am not a girl at all. I am superhuman. My arms can reach the back row, my eyes scan every face and my energy touches everyone in the room. I am 10’ tall and 6’ wide and growing. But there aren’t a lot of parts for D girls like me to grow in. They rather watch us shrink or not watch us at all. We dont deserve their attention or time or empathy. Save that for the A & B girls.



That’s what makes Gabourey Sidibe so important. She makes us watch, connect, witness. She reminds us that D girls are not just background noise or set pieces. 

The D girls’ names will not be in the credits. They will get a few hundred dollars and craft services if they’re lucky. But they are not the problem. They are trying to survive in an industry that has not considered them from its very inception. How many years removed are we from Hattie’s Oscar win? Oh ok… 

So to my artist community, I have a challenge for all of us. Let’s purposefully write characters of all shapes, colors, sizes, ages, genders, sexualities, classes, abilities and nationalities. Let’s cast worlds that really look like our worlds. And if your world is really…homogeneous, imagine a world that isn’t and go from there. Let’s stop looking for types and start looking for people.

 

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prospect-euphoria:

sandflake:

I dearly wish that people would view their bodies as they view flowers…

Veins everywhere?

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gorgeous~

Skin patches? Birthmarks?

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hella rad~

Scars? Stretch marks?

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beautiful~

Freckles? Moles? Acne scars?

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heckie yeah~

Large? Curvy?

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lovely~

Small? Thin?

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charming~

Missing a few pieces?

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handsome as ever~

Feel like you just look weird?

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you’re fantastic looking~

THIS is the best post ever. 

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I hope that someday, somebody wants to hold you for twenty minutes straight, and that’s all they do. They don’t pull away. They don’t look at your face. They don’t try to kiss you. All they do is wrap you up in their arms, without an ounce of selfishness in it.

Jenna, Waitress (via pureblyss)

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Got dunked on in the name of the lord

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Got dunked on in the name of the lord

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ckings:

this is possibly one of the smartest thing someone did hahaahha

amazing

this i think is one of the main reasons i don’t see myself ever settling down long term with a dude
you have to deal with their weird perpetual child bullshit that everyone seems to just accept???
like there always seem to be magazine features or scenes on tv shows of wives complaining about all the dumb shit their husbands do, and the workarounds they’ve come up with
i don’t want to complain about my life partner like that
i don’t want to have to come up with workarounds and just accept their patheticness/obliviousness
i want to settle down with someone who is trying just as hard as me to be the best person they can be, and to be as respectful and kind and thoughtful to me and to others as they can
and the popular notion is that men like….can’t do that???
which i understand is gender stereotyping
but if this chart is just celebrated as smart, if the dude this is designed around isn’t an exception
then i’m staying the fuck away from men as anything more than sex buddies ‘cuz i don’t wanna be my partner’s mommy, that sounds totally unappealing to me

liked and reblogged only for comments b/c fuck this “men should be rewarded for things women ‘have’ to do” bullshit. if that’s being hetero, i’m out.


isnt this what they fucking do in elementary schools or?

THANK YOU THIS IS WHY NEVER

I think he’s making the kids throw up on purpose.

the-original-dtwps:

fajazo:

areyouwritingthisalldown:

untanglingunraveling:

sweetflattery:

ckings:

this is possibly one of the smartest thing someone did hahaahha

amazing

this i think is one of the main reasons i don’t see myself ever settling down long term with a dude

you have to deal with their weird perpetual child bullshit that everyone seems to just accept???

like there always seem to be magazine features or scenes on tv shows of wives complaining about all the dumb shit their husbands do, and the workarounds they’ve come up with

i don’t want to complain about my life partner like that

i don’t want to have to come up with workarounds and just accept their patheticness/obliviousness

i want to settle down with someone who is trying just as hard as me to be the best person they can be, and to be as respectful and kind and thoughtful to me and to others as they can

and the popular notion is that men like….can’t do that???

which i understand is gender stereotyping

but if this chart is just celebrated as smart, if the dude this is designed around isn’t an exception

then i’m staying the fuck away from men as anything more than sex buddies ‘cuz i don’t wanna be my partner’s mommy, that sounds totally unappealing to me

liked and reblogged only for comments b/c fuck this “men should be rewarded for things women ‘have’ to do” bullshit. if that’s being hetero, i’m out.

isnt this what they fucking do in elementary schools or?

THANK YOU THIS IS WHY NEVER

I think he’s making the kids throw up on purpose.

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estpolis:

On numerous occasions, Prince has refused Yankovic permission to record parodies of his songs. Yankovic has stated in interviews that he has “approached him every few years [to] see if he’s lightened up.”[75] Yankovic related one story where, before the American Music Awards where he and Prince were assigned to sit in the same row, he got a telegram from Prince’s lawyers, demanding he not make eye contact with the artist.[60]

Prince is NOT having it!

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Pumzi - dir. Wanuri Kahiu // Kenya

In a dystopian future 35 years after an ecological WWIII  has torn the world apart, East African survivors of the devastation remain locked away in contained communities, but a young woman in possession of a germinating seed struggles against the governing council to bring the plant to Earth’s ruined surface.

The main character is a museum curator in the future and also yes I would like see this now please

THERE IS NOTHING ABOUT THIS I DON’T LIKE

The complete short film is on youtube and it’s really good and the end kind of took my breath away. 

GET INTO THIS

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