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“I spent so much of my career saying no to those films,” she said. “I’ve seen that movie a million times, and I don’t feel right putting that into the world over and over and over again. I’m not going to spend the rest of my life playing some girl’s friend or some girl on crack in the projects.”

 

The actress continued, saying that as a Black woman, she has never felt comfortable taking the “stereotypical Black roles.” She’s aid that oftentimes, she feels like African-Americans are added to films as “accents,” much like a pop of color is added to “jazz up an outfit.”

 

“We’re still waiting for this shift to happen from the men who run ,” she said. “Why aren’t starring in more films? It’s because the men are writing them and are the ones cutting the checks. We can’t blame them, I personally don’t think so. We need to take that extra step.”

 

The effortlessly chic 27-year-old recently sat down with Teen Vogue, where she revealed that she hopes her passion for writing and directing will lead to more gender in films.