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Thursday, March 9, 2017


Don't think thousands of black girls haven't been told the same thing all over the world.  Lupita is one that wasn't crushed by this idea.

But others haven't been so lucky.

Some black girls become black women that believe the messages they receive at school especially when further bombarded by the message that light-skinned black women are the only desirable black women in white made movies and television shows, black made movies and television shows, black made music videos too.

And it hurts all black women when a stand-up black woman like Vanessa Williams denies her own, ultra-obvious light-skinned privilege. It hurts, it divides, and it pours salt in the wound.

From Huff Post 
"We’re certain it’s the combination of Lupita Nyong’o‘s incredible talent (see: Academy Award) and killer looks (see: red carpet slayage) that have landed her on the cover of Glamour’s 24th Women of the Year cover.
However the Kenyan actress, who is being honored at the magazine’s annual star-studded event on November 10 in New York City, has also captured our hearts with her outspoken stance on standards of beauty. And the Lancome spokeswoman chatted candidly about her views in Glamour’s December issue.
“European standards of beauty are something that plague the entire world — the idea that darker skin is not beautiful, that light skin is the key to success and love,” Nyong’o told Glamour. “Africa is no exception." 
Whille Nyong'o has encountered colorism in her adult life, it’s been a issue she’s dealt with from childhood.
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Lupita has been in a STAR WARS movie, been on Broadway in Danai Gurira's ECLIPSED, and is due out in THE BLACK PANTHER next year. Lupita also has an option on making a movie out of  Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche's book AMERICANAH.

We wouldn't even know who she is if she'd been destroyed by internalizing colorism messages. The movie THE COLOR PURPLE, based on Alice Walker's book of the same name, was instrumental in her learning to see herself differently as was seeing an African model, Wek, becoming famous. 

Black females being back stage and front stage in the creation of  SCANDAL, HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER, BEING MARY JANE, ECLIPSED, CONFIRMATION, LILA AND EVE, and QUEEN SUGAR have the ability to build black girl self-esteem.

Do not discount the influence of positive and multi-dimensional images being created by Alice Walker, Shonda Rhimes, Mara Brock Akil, Danai Gurira, Kerry Washington, Viola Davis, and Ava DuVernay on black girls.

Lupita Nyong'o is living proof that these images make a difference.