Black Panther star Michael B Jordan has weighed in on the colourism debate after Beyonce‘s dad Matthew Knowles made a comment about her skin tone.
The 66-year-old suggested in a recent interview that the most successful black female artists are those who are lighter-skinned.
While Jordan, who plays Erik in the Marvel film, admitted that he hadn’t heard about Knowles’ remarks, he added that it was important to have a discussion on the subject.
Speaking at the premiere of Black Panther in London, he told Metro.co.uk: ‘I didn’t hear about that. I’ve been in kind of in a hole.
‘But representation is important period, so being able to identify with yourself on screen in all the lanes of the industry, whether it be music, film, behind the camera, in front of the camera, I think it’s extremely important, so as long as the discussion is being had and people are talking about it, that’s a type of progression there.’
He added that he had to spend a lot of time by himself on the Black Panther set to get into character as the villain of the piece.
‘I spent a lot of time alone. Erik’s a very lonely guy, a very pained character so that’s part of it,’ Michael said.
‘And also like physically preparing for it, working out, training, it was kind of a Swiss army knife of a lot of different skill sets.
‘So training for about a year and half before we started filming really helped with the preparation for the role.’
Black Panther is out 12 February.