Zoe Kravitz had her ‘negro wake up’ call when she went to audition for The Dark Knight and was told she was too urban. This news is coming on the hells of the actress recently stating that she used to identify more as a white girl, than black.

“In the last Batman movie, they told me that I couldn’t get an audition for a small role they were casting because they weren’t ‘going urban,'” Kravitz, 26, said in the August issue’s cover story. “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?'”

In the article she spoke about how she identified growing up.

She stated, “I identified with white culture, and I wanted to fit in. 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, 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.”

Kravitz acknowledged the privileges she had growing up but that her parents wanted to keep her grounded. “We had a chef, but it was never like, ‘This is the way the world works, Zoë,'” she explained. “I knew we were very lucky, and my dad raised me in an old-school way. His mom [actress Roxie Roker] was from the Bahamas, and it was about manners and making the bed. It’s that old black s–t, really — like, you get smacked if you talk the wrong way. It was about having respect for your elders and being thankful for what we had. He wanted to make sure I had chores, and not because we didn’t have a housekeeper, but because of the principle of the thing.”

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  • le sigh. Clutch, you literally just posted this story about Zoe less than a week ago….why re-address the issue? SMH….

    • vintage3000

      Agreed. Plus the “negro wake up call” comment is so offensive and unnecessary, esp. since Zoe already noted that she has changed her mindset about how she self identifies.

    • Tashawnda Price

      i agree with the negro wake up call comment because she clearly was not exposed to black culture growing up even though she is part black.

    • vintage3000

      If you read the article (and not just the headline-it was posted here 2x), she clearly stated that as she got older and matured, she educated herself re: Black American culture.

    • Tashawnda Price

      An article isn’t going to tell me why her parents didn’t inform her of her black culture as a child.

  • ApMillz-CT

    I wonder if she ever thought it could be her bad acting.. hmmmmmm Girl Bye!

  • Ann Gomez

    Since your reprinting articles, where is the piece on planned parent hood?

  • She has changed her views and recognized the richness and diversity of black culture. Also, some use the phrase of “too urban” as code for another word. As black people, we will keep on expressing ourselves and stand up for what’s right continuously.