Colbert’s “Black friend” speaks out

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Casting directors can be anxious creatures. In their zeal to find the right actor for a part they often use shorthand to explain what they want. “More Chris Rock! Less Cosby!” or “Can you play it with lots of energy and attitude?” (That’s code for “black it up.”) Sometimes I wish they’d come right out and ask if any actors in the waiting room can break dance while spinning a chicken wing on their finger like a basketball.

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