Chika Okoro – TRANSCRIPT
The movie “Straight Outta Compton” comes out. I’m so excited. I’m from LA so this movie is particularly close to my heart. I saw it in theaters three times. So I’m cruising the Internet devouring everything I can about this movie. I come across the casting call. This movie has already come out and I’m no actress, so I wouldn’t actually audition, but I just wondered, hypothetically, if I did, what role would I get?
I look at the casting call. I’m going down the categories and I start at the top: the A girls. The casting call reads: “These are the hottest of the hottest, models, must have real hair, no extensions.” Well, since I have 20 inches of Brazilian hair extensions on my head, doesn’t quite apply to me. But that’s fine.
I go to the next category: the B girls. The casting call reads: “These are fine girls, long natural hair, must have light skin beyond to the prototype here.” Light skin? Also not me. And might I add: not even Beyoncé made the cut to be an A girl. But that’s fine.
I go to the next category: the C girls. The casting call reads: “These are African American girls, can have extensions, must be medium to light skin tone.” Now, maybe back when I lived in Boston in the middle of the winter can I get away with being “medium skin toned”, but since I’ve come back to sunny California where I spend all my free time baking in the sun, not so much.