‘Queen & Slim’ Stars On Black Love As A Radical Act Of Resistance

Queen and Slim.

‘Queen & Slim’ Stars On Black Love As A Radical Act Of Resistance

Daniel Kaluuya and Jodie Turner-Smith discuss making their revolutionary romance.

Published 2 weeks ago

Written by Moriba Cummings

The highly anticipated film Queen & Slim, directed by Melina Matsoukas and written by Lena Waithe, is gearing up for its theatrical release. The movie's leading actors, Daniel Kaluuya and Jodie Turner-Smith, spoke with BET.com about the project and Turner-Smith's description of the movie left us spellbound.

When asked to explain what the film means to them, both actors stressed that seeing a role with two dark-skinned leading forces held some weight while watching from the lens of the audience.

"I really feel it's about Black love as a radical act of resistance," Turner-Smith said. "That, to me, is just so beautiful and to have a film where you see that relationship with two dark-skinned Black people — which is not something that I ever saw — what that represents and what that means and how that feels, how it feels to even watch it."

Kaluuya added that seeing this particular dynamic portrayed in a mainstream film only further proves that these are the true lives of Black people.

Queen & Slim hits theaters on Wednesday, November 27.

(Photo: Universal Studios)

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