SPEAKING TO LAKEITH STANFIELD ABOUT ‘THE PHOTOGRAPH’
By Awa Gueye
February 14, 2020
The Photograph is an inspiring love story that explores the complicated dynamic of Black families, especially the legacies and the baggage that children inherit from their parents. It vividly explores generational evolution through the ability to love fearlessly, in order to become that which the ones who came before us could not become.
Starring Issa Rae and Lakeith Stanfield, the heartwarming movie is the love story to see this Valentine’s Day weekend. This film comes with added anticipation as it is not so often that we are given love stories about dark skinned lovers. Where The Photograph really impresses is in its ability to tell two equally strong love stories in one.
We had a chance to talk with Lakeith Stanfield about the film and Valentine’s Day.
Why is it important for our community to see narratives and images of Black love?
I mean…because…all love. I don’t know, that’s a weird question. Why is it important to see images of Black love? Same reason why it’s important to see images of love in any body. I feel like… yeah we love. That’s why.
Your character has a good support system and seems to have had many relationships. Does it take a good support system to love freely?
I think so.
What have your elders taught you about love? And what have you had to teach yourself?
My elders? They taught me that love can be unconditional. And that this is one of the highest forms of love.
If you had three songs that you could put on your love playlist what would they be?
Hmm. Let’s see. Let me take a little look inside here. I think umm “El Paso” by Marty Robbins is one of them. Another one would be “Riptide” by Vance Joy, and another one would be “Dear Mama” by 2pac.