Lakeith Stanfield Isn't Feeling Black Media Outlets - Black Enterprise
Black Enterprise magazine Fall 2019 issue

Get out! The unfairness from some media outlets causes some artists to give them the side-eye. According to Blavity, Lakeith Stanfield feels that some black media outlets are “anti-Black.”

In an Instagram post, the actor reveals, “It’s a fact that a lot of these platforms are usually or tend to be feeding grounds for negative reinforcement toward BLACK “nonconformists”. They bolster faux vanity and hold a white supremacists scope over black men and women often highlighting negative attributes and downplaying mind-expanding ones. They serve as bottomless coward consumption pits and digital, audio, or otherwise slave mentatilty museums. @ all you want”

He specifically called out The Shade Room, Lipstick Alley, The Breakfast Club, and WorldStar.

Although some celebrities agreed and liked his post, the words Stanfield wrote, did NOT get a pass from The Breakfast Club’s Charlemagne Tha God. For Stanfield’s post, he earned the illustrious “Donkey of the Day” from Charlemagne. “You can say any and everything about me. I’ve damn near heard it all about myself online. But what you won’t do is ever fix your lips to call one of my platforms, especially The Breakfast Club, anti-Black,” said Charlamagne.

He also said, “I’m not going to sit here and act like we’ve gotten it right all the time, because we haven’t. We’ve made plenty of mistakes on this radio. All that critique is fine. But, Lakeith Stanfield, don’t you ever fix your raggedy-ass mouth to call the author of Black Privilege – because I truly believe it is a privilege to be Black – anti-Black.”

Charlemagne also points out that Stanfield has been accused of not talking to black media on the red carpets and only interacting with white media outlets. Stating that if he chose to call out white media, it would hurt him in Hollywood circles.

But, Charlemagne concludes with, “This came from a place of love. Two takeaways I want to leave you with: One, be the change you want to see in media and stop acting like a damn buffoon in all your interviews. And two, don’t burn those Black bridges just because White folks in Hollywood sent you a boat, because history shows us what happens when White folks put Black folks on a boat.”