Lakeith Stanfield On Black Women: They Empower Us To “Be Better”

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Lakeith Stanfield

Lakeith Stanfield is holding any and all people to task for speaking negatively about black women.

Yesterday, Stanfield released a video on YouTube in which he recounted an experience he had with someone who thought they could bad mouth black women in the Atlanta star’s presence, and was quickly confronted for his words.

“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 fu**ed up version of a woman you could…,'” Stanfield recounted. “I said, ‘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 s**t you could go through in this country. You know what I mean? They really have been through the most s**t and that’s a beautiful thing. That’s something that should empower you to be a better version than what the f**k 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 s**t she knows how to deal with the s**t because she done been through it all. And that’s a beautiful thing. Don’t ever throw ’em on the back burner like they fu**ed up because you don’t understand what the f**k they went through. That’s bi**h ni**a s**t.”

2016 was a promising year for Stanfield, whose portrayal as Darius on Atlanta has become a favorite among fans (including us here at Okayplayer). But 2017 is also looking to be promising for the actor as well, who is a part of Jessica Williams‘ new film The Incredible Jessica James, and Crown Heights, the latter of which finds Stanfield in the lead role as Colin Warner, a man that served 20 years in jail for a crime he never committed.

Check out the video below.

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