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?