This week, BuzzFeed Ideas shared a series of essays from actors of color on their casting experiences. Read those stories and others from Medium, Jezebel, Pitchfork, The Atlantic, and more.
"How Hollywood Is Slowly Accepting Natural Hair on Black Women" — BuzzFeed Ideas
Chelsea Harris, who plays a recurring character on the CBS police drama Stalker, wrote about "leaving the Weave Protection Program." Her essay touches on diversity in television and the acting industry's changing ideas about beauty. Read it at BuzzFeed Ideas.
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"I’m an Asian-American Actor but I Can’t Do the Accent" — BuzzFeed Ideas
Grace Su is a Taiwanese-American actress who can't do an "Asian accent." But what is an "Asian accent" anyway? In her essay, Su writes about being more selective about potential roles and avoiding stereotypical characters. Read it at BuzzFeed Ideas.
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"Against Chill" — Medium
For many people, to be “chill” is to be desirable in the world of modern dating. According to Alana Massey, however, "it is a garbage virtue that will destroy the species." Read her piece against "chill" at Medium.
"Self-Portrait of the Artist as Ungrateful Black Writer" — BuzzFeed LGBT
Racism doesn’t vanish the moment one sets foot into the ivory towers and glittering soirees of the literati. Saeed Jones writes about being black in the literary world and the microaggressions he has experienced. Read it at BuzzFeed LGBT.
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