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Lupita Nyong’o: A New and Refreshing Change for Black Leading Actresses




First widely recognized in the Steve McQueen’s film, “12 Years A Slave, “ Lupita Nyong’o mesmerized viewers with her dark smooth complexion, enchanting eyes, full lips, short hair, and overall natural beauty. Her beauty is the type to captivate onlookers even if she was freshly woken up, with no makeup, and, obviously, without the need for lengthy hair. Her look seems to represent the truest and purest form of black beauty. Nyong’o is more immediately of African descent by way of Kenya, and her beauty transcends all mixtures of what it means to be and look black. It is extremely refreshing to see a black woman, in a leading role, that doesn’t warrant a discussion or cause curiosity to whether she is truly black or wants to be claimed or known as a black or African or West Indian woman.

I am not opposed to mixed race black women at all, but I do get frustrated with actresses, like Zoe Saldana, who are factually defined as part-black but who do not claim or embrace that black-ness, and who only use it when it’s convenient for them; i.e. her roles in Drumline and her role as Nina Simone in Simone’s upcoming bio-pic. The mere fact that you use the fact that you are technically black when it is lucrative for you, but not in interviews or other formats of the sort is very disappointing. There are several other “black” actresses who do the same as Zoe, but I do not care to rant about them. I mean this post, is about the goddess that is Lupita Nyong’o, right? On the flipside, Lupita Nyong’o joins the ranks of put-together, intelligent, and successful black actresses such as Nia Long, Taraji P. Henson, Sanaa Lathan, and Kerry Washington, who claim their black roots.


To add even more to the wonderful being that is Lupita Nyong’o, let’s discuss the fact that she is an academic, having graduated from Hampshire College with a degree in filmmaking and theatre, as well as attending Yale’s School of Drama. Nyong’o is also a filmmaker in addition to being an actress. This so amazing, because not only is she a beautiful and intelligent woman, she made it a point to know all of the sides of the film craft that she loves, in turn making her a better actress and filmmaker. She does not hide the fact that she did go to college, unlike a couple of other black actresses, which is for another day and another post. No shade, though. No shade.

The grace and style Lupita Nyong’o effortlessly emits, her intelligent way of speaking, positive public appearance and way of carrying herself, as well as her beautiful and striking looks, makes the black race so proud. I am so excited and honored that she is gradually coming to the forefront of Hollywood - not just Black Hollywood - and represents black women so well and completely. Thank you for being you, truly, Lupita Nyong’o.

Republished with permission from EveJaneClair:

Where Montreal, meets Atlanta, meets DC: Eve, Jane and Clair are three twenty-somethings, college educated friends with aspirations in marketing and public relations, law, and media. We have come together to create a blog that discusses, acknowledges and celebrates women of color.

5 comments:

  1. What a talented woman! Actor\filmmakers are rare especially for women of color.

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  2. she is absolutely stunning and she made a magnificent acting debut. but i do think that there seems to be a higher expectation for actresses of color to be and act a certain way or claim this and claim that and I think that's a lot of pressure to put on them. I say be who they are. I am just glad to see color on the big screen, whether it be from the u.s. or beyond or whether they're mixed or whatnot. i think it's important to show the richness of our various hues, personalities, etc.

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  3. She's completely stunning. What a shame you couldn't just blog about her without needlessly throwing shade on mixed race actresses - I've only ever seen Zoe Saldana describe herself as black interviews.

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  4. recently, she's opposed be labelled as 'Black'

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