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Academy Award Winner Lupita Nyong’o on Beauty

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The Academy awards are over and my friend and radio host Brian Babylon wants to know why are Black people so happy that Lupita Nyong’o won best supporting actress for 12 years a slave?  Well, people like seeing folks who look like them win even if it is for a film about slavery and possibly a film they didn’t even see. It signals that anything is possible. They are also happy that the academy (along with Hollywood’s questionable diversity) recognizes excellence by people of color. This is most significant when most things we see about Blacks is negative.  For many Black people, Lupita’s win is their achievement as well. The indoctrination of insuperiority is removed even if just for a moment.  Then if you saw her work , and heard her acceptance speech all you can think of is Pharrell’s Happy 🙂 Honestly, I can see what the fuss is all about. listening to her acceptance speech and this one at Essence, I’m confident that Lupita’s win allows us to see the great person she is and inspires other African American to greatness.

 


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