Oscar Grant and Trayvon Martin share many similarities. Both unarmed, young, black men were murdered. Both were demonized in the media, and failed by the justice system. Both have captured Hollywood’s attention.
“Fruitvale Station” recounts the 24 hours before Oscar Grant was killed (in the wee hours of New Year’s Day 2009). Ryan Coogler’s directorial debut stars Michael B. Jordan (as Grant), Academy Award Winner Octavia Spencer (as Grant’s mother) and indie darling Melonie Diaz as Grant’s girlfriend/baby’s mother. Diaz’ captivating turn as Sophina is generating so much buzz, we’re confident she’ll be catapulted into the Hollywood stratosphere.
In an exclusive Vixen Chat, we spoke with Diaz about “Fruitvale Station,” newfound fame, and life as a Latina in Hollywood.