Lena Waithe on the “ballsy” choices she made for ‘Queen & Slim’: “Hopefully this works”
Waithe also reveals her favorite moments of the revolutionary film.
Queen & Slim is a true piece of art that continues to captivate the country and spark tons of debate among fans and critics alike of the first feature film from Lena Waithe and Melina Matsoukas.
When theGrio caught up with the film’s writer, she revealed her reasons for making the risky choices that makes this film so revolutionary.
One of those choices was keeping the main characters’ names under wraps until the final scene.
“Because they’re an algorithm of all os us. Their names are your name. That’s what their names are. They’re all of our names,” she says. “I knew I was sort of breaking convention and I was trying some things which is ballsy, but I was like hopefully this works.”
“Her [Queen] having that intimacy with Goddess in that space which to me was one of my favorite things to write. ‘Out there he ain’t shit but in here he’s a king.’ That thing of Black men needing to feel like royalty in their homes which also sometimes makes their wife feel like a peasant. But we need to build them up for them to feel good but then where does that leave us? It was really sort of me ruminating on all these things.”
Check out the full interview above.