“Stevie Wonder Black” refers to someone you can tell is Black even with your eyes closed.
Today, Blacktress finds herself walking onto a small studio lot with a self-assuredness that surprises her. In the last year she’s booked the role of a Ugandan refugee, a depression era jazz singer, a teenage Crip girl, and is in serious contention for the role of Chantal, a pre-op tranny hooker. Today, she’s up for a part far less challenging.
This breakdown reads like my bio, she thinks. Piece of cake.
Blacktress watches as her I-phone lights up and sings a digital blues riff.
“Hey Sam,” she says eagerly.
Her agent talks quickly as if Blacktress is a stenographer in need of a challenge.
“ Sotheywannaseeyouforthisthing. Saglowbuget. Theroleof… Chantal. A gorgeous pre-op tranny hooker.”
Is there even such a thing? Blacktress wonders.
He goes on.
“The producer’s got a name.”
Blacktress rolls her eyes. Don’t we all?
Sam powers on.
“They’vebeenlookingallover. They’ve seen boys, girls, he/she’s, and shims. Younameit. Theycan’tfindit. Gogetit.”