1.2 PHOTO STORY: ITS A PETER PANDEMIC, GO OUT AND PLAY!
1.1 PHOTO STORY: SURVIVAL OF THE FITTEST
1.0 PHOTO STORY: THE ANGRY CRIP GIRL IN THE LAUNDROMAT
In the column The Iyanla Approach, Blacktress goes out for the role of Angry Crip Girl in the Laundromat. Many working blacktresses have early credits that read similarly and reek of tired stereotypes.
Angela Bassett- “Prostitute at Headquarters”
Khandi Alexander-”Hooker in Jail”
Vivica Fox-”Hooker at VA Hospital”
….Everyone has to start somewhere. But the question becomes can these roles be tackled with dignity? Of course we crave progressive roles in Hollywood that depict the full spectrum of the black experience, but can’t hookers, thugs, sassy nurses, and razor tongued best friends be fully dimensional people too? Although these roles are usually written with broad strokes and within stiff confines, sometimes a good actor can transcend a stereotype. (i.e. Nelsan Ellis’ drug dealing homo thug, Lafayette, on HBO’s True Blood and Taraji Henson’s perpetually wronged, baby mama, Yvette, in Baby Boy) And even if it’s a small co-star role, isn’t it possible to deliver a performance that isn’t a seen -it -before, generic hood persona? Sure it is. If the actor challenges themselves to ask, who is this person, really? (Instead of who does the casting person expect this character to be?)
At Blacktress World we decided to have some fun with absurdity of the role, Angry Crip Girl in the Laundromat. Photographers Matt O’Callaghan and Miles Feld, and actress Diarra Kilpatrick, took to a LA Sit-N-Spin to ask, who is the Angry Crip Girl in the landromat, really? What’s she up to in there? And is she really angry or just misunderstood?