Lisa Bonet’s Daughter Explains Why She Couldn’t Connect With Being Black. Actress Lisa Bonet’s and singer Lenny Kravitz’s 29-year-old daughter, Zoe’ Kravitz, recently did an interview with Nylon Magazine, where she admitted that she did not know what it meant to be Black.
Now let’s keep in mind that, to her credit, both of her parents are bir-cial – Lisa is White and Black; and Lenny’s mother was the late African American actress, and his father was White he is also of mixed heritage.
Peep what Zoe’ explained about why she could not connect with being Black though.
As one of few black kids in her predominately white school, she remembers saying things like, “I’m just as white as y’all,” to her classmates.
“I identified with white culture, and I wanted to fit in,” she says. I liked Neil Young.” But as time went on, her views shifted. “Black culture is so much deeper than that,” she says, “but unfortunately that is what’s fed through the media. That’s what people see.
While Kravitz has had admirable success in this regard, there have been a few roles she’s lost because of her race, she says. “In the last Batman movie [The Dark Knight Rises], they told me that I couldn’t get an audition for a small role they were casting because they weren’t ‘going urban,’” she says.
“It was like, ‘What does that have to do with anything?’ I have to play the role like, ‘Yo, what’s up, Batman? What’s going on witchu?’” I definitely commend Zoe’ for now attempting to get to know her whole self, but I can’t help but wonder what she was (or wasn’t) being taught as a child.
I have nothing but love for Lenny and Lisa and I can tell that they love their daughter more than life itself, but in my humble opinion it just seems like Zoe’ needed a tad few more history lessons about her grandparents, her parents, and everyone else in her family who is Black, because she actually had the perception that being Black in America is summarized by watching Tyler Perry movies and bumpin’ Cardi B. and The Migos songs all day…while doing the ‘Milly Rock’ dance.
Her honesty is respectable, but here’s what this doctor is ordering: A Netflix rental of the entire Roots series, with a heavy dose of Curtis Mayfield, Marvin Gaye and Gill Scott-Heron albums on the side.