“Power” star Naturi Naughton recently made an appearance on the new talk show “The Preachers” and gave her perspective on Lil Kim thinking she was too dark-skinned to play her in the Biggie movie.
Naughton joked at first about the raciness of that role but then launched into discussing the issue of skin color in Hollywood and how it affects her personally. “It’s been ongoing, especially with people of color, it’s a real thing. Even being an actress in Hollywood. I’m not gonna deny it. It’s real,” she said. “And it hurts when it has affected me. I was honored and proud and hoped that people enjoyed my portrayal of Lil Kim. And that’s all I wanted to do. All I can say is let’s hope that we can appreciate each other's colors, our hues, our beauty, our uniqueness. I’m brown, he’s white, you’re caramel. I think it’s all delicious, and we should celebrate our beauty.”
Lil Kim has said in the past that she was unhappy with her portrayal by Naughton in the film “Notorious.” “I would have never picked Naturi, she doesn't have a Lil Kim look at all! She looks nothing like I looked back then,” said Kim on Facebook in 2009. “We have NO similarities. Watching her on-screen was so ‘dreadful’ as Simon Cowell would say. She is tasteless and talentless. Never once did she contact me for input or to get a feel of me for the character.”
Check out the interview with Naughton above.