Naomie Harris Talks to NY Magazine
Spring Fashion IssueIn my group of friends and family Sunday is usually ladies night. This week the ladies and I finally got around to seeing Moonlight starring Naomie Harris. She is a very talented actress and one of our favorites for a while. During the time before the move me conversed around how many black female actors are nominated for the Oscar’s this year . 2017 is definitely starting out as the year of the black women in Politics and the Arts. Why I had to talk about Naomi Harris On the Cover of NY Mag’s Spring Fashion Issue. The actress get’s deep in the Spring fashion issue and Moonlight to me is a sleeper romance movie.
Naomie on #OscarsSoWhite: “I know that everyone thinks this year is a response to that whole campaign. When, in fact, these films were in production or preproduction for years before all of this. So they aren’t actually a response to that whole argument. So I don’t like the way that they’re used as a response to that. And people are saying, you know, ‘Isn’t it amazing in a year how things have changed as a result of that campaign?’ ”
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Moonlight’s Oscar-nominated Naomie Harris, who talks about the role in which she lost herself so brilliantly, anti-immigrant rhetoric, her experiences with racism, and more: To Read the full article you can check it out here http://thecut.io/2kFaxms. We have provided a little taster to what Naomie is talking about in the article.
Her own experiences with racism: “The only time I’ve ever experienced racism — I’m talking about blatant racism — was in France when I was called a ‘nigger’ by a bunch of kids and hit on the head.” She was 16 and on a student exchange. “It was really shocking. I had never heard that word. I mean, I had heard it, but not used against me … I just thought, What idiots. I didn’t even feel afraid.”
Photo: Erik Madigan Heck
Playing Paula in Moonlight: She did plenty of research into crack addiction and worked with an accent coach over Skype. But first she had to let go of “a lot of judgment” about Paula. And to be convinced that this wasn’t going to be another portrayal of a black woman crushed by forces beyond her control. . . . It was Jenkins who convinced her, explaining that both his own mother and the mother of Moonlight’s original playwright, Tarell Alvin McCraney, had been crack addicts. “During the time that I was shooting, Barry said that was the hardest period, because he had to really relive aspects of his childhood that he wanted to forget,” Harris recalls. If you haven’t already seen the movie, go out and see it. It really touched my heart and was tastefully made. Naomie, really brings the character to life and shows how black families were affected by the crack epidemic in the US. Pick up the issue to keep has a collectors item.