U.S. Marines with 2nd Battalion, 6th Marine regiment, conducting a heavy Huey raid as part of Weapons and Tactics Instructor Course (WTI) 2-17 at Yuma Proving Grounds, Arizona, April 12, 2017. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Michaela Gregory)
Maybe I’m outdated in thinking this, but because I’m a young black woman and don’t see very many being the lead in a film, I have this fear, Will I be working? When I first started in this industry, my goal was to be some best friend. The sidekick. I thought that would be an accomplishment. But seeing people like Viola and Tracee Ellis Ross and Gabrielle Union and Lupita [Nyong'o]—who was two classes behind me at Yale—I can hope for more.
Aja Naomi King photographed by Nicolas Moore for Marie Claire Magazine