Zendaya To Star As Anita Hemmings, A Black Woman Who Passed As White To Graduate From Vassar

by Krystal Franklin

November 14, 2017

Photo by Taylor Hill/FilmMagic

Hollywood and the casting gods finally got it right! Zendaya will bring Anita Hemmings‘ iconic story to life in White Lie.

Hemmings, a light-skinned woman who was the descendant of slaves, was able to graduate from New York’s Vassar College by passing as white. Zendaya is the daughter of an African-American father and white mother.

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The 21-year-old will also produce the film alongside Reese Witherspoon.

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