Published On: Sun, Jul 12th, 2015

Zoe Kravitz Talks About Her Black Identity to Nylon Magazine

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Sultry sexpot and star of the recent reboot of the Mad Max movies, Zoe Kravitz, is the August issues of Nylon Magazine’s cover girl. The 26 year old talked about a number of issues in the interview including her black identity.

The model and actress is technically half Jewish. Her father, Lenny Kravitz, is the son of a Jewish father and Black mother. Her mother, Lisa Bonet, is the daughter of a Jewish mother and a Black father.

Kravitz explained that “urban” is the new euphemism for Black and how she was denied a small role in the last Batman movie “Dark Knight Rises” for being too urban.

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

She did not say what the role was.

Kravitz also opened up about what it was like being a Black kid in a mostly White school.

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

“Black culture is so much deeper than that, ” she added. “But unfortunately that is what’s fed through the media. That’s what people see. That’s what I saw. But then 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.”

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