Her statement is bold. It contradicts everything we know about how racism and sexism work in this country. But ever since Sidibe earned an Oscar nomination for her star turn in Lee Daniels’ 2009 movie Precious
, she has been riding a wave of #BlackGirlMagic that has transformed her into a prime example of a Black woman unapologetically taking up space. Not only has her star been steadily rising (a regular role on Fox’s Empire
, a regular role on The Big C
), she’s spent her entire career clapping back against body shaming and racial profiling, winning fans over in the process. Now, she’s making her directorial debut with The Tale of Four,
a short film produced by Refinery29’s SHATTERBOX Anthology
, an initiative dedicated to increasing the number of women filmmakers and empowering them to tell their stories.