LaKei­th Stan­field for Com­plex

LaKei­th Stan­field, who stars as Dar­ius in Atlanta (and has appeared in a string of crit­i­cal­ly acclaimed films includ­ing Sel­ma, Straight Out­ta Comp­ton, Miles Ahead, War Machine and Crown Heights) took to Snapchat to recall a con­ver­sa­tion he had with a dri­ver who called black women “the most f*cked up ver­sion of a woman.”

“Some dude, one of the dri­vers who takes us from point A to point B on this project that I’m work­ing on and he’s like, ‘Yo black women they’re the hard­est to deal with man. They’re the most f*cked up ver­sion of a woman you could…’ I say ‘Whoa, whoa, wait , you talk­ing to the wrong per­son man because as far as I’m con­cerned it’s the most beau­ti­ful aspect of black woman is that they’ve been through the most sh*t you could go through in this coun­try, you know what I mean, they real­ly have been through the most sh*t and that’s a beau­ti­ful thing.’ That’s some­thing that should empow­er you to be a bet­ter ver­sion than what the f“ck you are. Instead of hav­ing you feel beat down by it it empow­ers you to be bet­ter. So the woman that’s been through the most that’s the one I want on my side. Because she under­stands when I go through some sh*t she knows how to deal with the sh*t because she don been through it all. And that’s a beau­ti­ful thing. Don’t ever throw em on the back burn­er like they f*cked up because you don’t under­stand what the f*ck they went through. That’s b*tch n*gga sh*t.”

25-year-old Stan­field is no stranger to “go(ing) through some sh*t.” Before becom­ing one of Hollywood’s hottest young tal­ents, he endured a child­hood of pover­ty and abuse, which he dis­cussed with Com­plex in Sep­tem­ber.

In San Bernardi­no, Stanfield’s child­hood was marked by pover­ty and vio­lence, which he dis­cuss­es can­did­ly. “I was used to being hun­gry after a while.” he says. “Baloney sand­wich­es with no mayo and no cheese. And that was it, but it was cool. I learned to be strong. I learned to be a hus­tler, a fight­er. I learned to nev­er give up.” 

When he was bare­ly a teenag­er, Stan­field saw his mother’s boyfriend at the time beat­ing her. “At the time I didn’t have any­thing to com­pare it to,” Stan­field says. “It’s like, ‘This is hap­pen­ing right now.’ I couldn’t be like, ‘This is hor­ri­ble.’ It was just like, ‘What is hap­pen­ing?’”

Stan­field is cur­rent­ly dat­ing Mindy Project and Pre­cious actress Xosha Roque­more.

What are your thoughts ladies? what do you think of his rea­son­ing for why black women should be val­ued?

Black Girl With Long Hair

Leila Noel­liste, founder of Black Girl with Long Hair (April 2008). Social media, pop cul­ture and black beau­ty enthu­si­ast. bell hooks’ hair twin…

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10 Comments on "‘Atlanta’ Star LaKeith Stanfield Blasts Driver for Denigrating Black Women"

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Good for him!


This is beau­ti­ful. Black peo­ple as a whole have been through so much trau­ma in this coun­try. Before peo­ple, like this dri­ver, talk mess about Black women… should watch Dr. Joy Degruy’s pre­sen­ta­tion on Post-Trau­mat­ic Slave Syn­drome.

Sylvia Jackson

Today is Valentine’s Day and though in real­i­ty it is sim­ply a day for whites to make more mon­ey, Black Love can and has endured so much from slav­ery to hip hop den­i­gra­tion of black female­ness, yet we stand strong.

Marquita S.

Look at who he’s lov­ing up on. This is what we need to see more of. Gen­uine love and respect admi­ra­tion. This is what tru­ly mat­ters. Black love.


I love him! Yas wwe need more men stand­ing up for us black women ^^

Youngin girl

Worth a share.


I hon­est­ly get his rea­son­ing about black women going through the most and han­dling it through­out the years, because we real­ly have. How­ev­er, I do not think that we should only be viewed as pil­lars of strength or very tough to the point where it becomes dif­fi­cult not become the typ­i­cal strong black woman. Some of us do not know how to emu­late the black female fig­ure as well as the next per­son and that doesn’t make us less­er. Black women should be respect­ed regard­less of what we can or can­not do.


Tired of hear­ing the same ol’ non­sense about black women. Props to this man for set­ting that coon straight.


I wish more black men stood up for black women like this instead of the usu­al dehu­man­i­sa­tion, slan­der, belit­tle­ment and com­par­i­son to oth­er woman of dif­fer­ent races. As long as this hate that BM have for BW con­tin­ues, black peo­ple as a whole will nev­er advance and change for bet­ter. This is most­ly to black men in the west­ern world, ya’ll so brain­washed.

La Bandita

That’s White Suprema­cy 101. The think­ing is that women civ­i­lized a race. As long as Black women are put down, or kept out of the pic Black peo­ple as a race will nev­er be equal. Good think 80% of Asian are mar­ry­ing White men.