We caught up with Byer during a recent visit to the ESSENCE offices and asked her to tell us more about the experiences she’s endured just because she’s a Black woman in showbiz. “I had a casting director tell me to be Blacker,” Byer shared with ESSENCE. Having no idea what that request even meant, but honestly, knowing exactly what he meant, Nicole continued her audition. “If someone goes, ‘can you be sassier?’ I go, I can be my kind of sassier. I’m not gonna put a voice on. The voice I have is my voice. It feels like I’m trying to be something I’m not.” Watch the video above for Nicole Byer’s Black Affect.
4. Having a makeup artist say they are going to contour me but then didn’t even have a color darker than me. So while the other girls got their make up done. I sat in a corner and did my own.— nicole byer (@nicolebyer) August 3, 2018