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Lupita New Face of Lancôme

Yes! My girl crush Lupita Nyong’o is the new face of Lancôme cosmetics. I thought Lancôme  products went no darker than beige, so it’s good to know they can promote a dark-skinned black woman:

“Oscar-winning actress Lupita Nyong’o’s breakout year just keeps getting better. The 31-year-old actress is the new face of Lancôme cosmetics, becoming the first black ambassador for the French luxury brand. I am truly honored to join the Maison Lancôme, a brand with such a prestigious history that I have always loved. I am particularly proud to represent its unique vision for women and the idea that beauty should not be dictated, but should instead be an expression of a woman’s freedom to be herself,” Nyong’o said in a statement.” http://time.com/49612/lupita-nyongo-becomes-new-face-of-lancome/

This is a good move for Ms. Lupita. She has shown that darker skinned black women can werk glamorous makeup too.  Dark skinned black women tend to be “warned” away from wearing certain colors. Lupita laughed in the face of folks ignorance. It’s one of the reasons why I love her. I wish her well on her new adventure!  :)

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Lupita Nyong’o- Shuga

Before the magazine covers and the OSCAR, Lupta Nyong’o made a name for herself on a popular Kenyan show called “Shuga.”  The show “exposes the reckless sex lives of young Kenyans thinking and behavior as it relates to sex and HIV/AIDS.”  

It looks like Nyong’o has always been fly…go girl!  ;)

My Girl Crush Wins!!

Congratulations to Lupita Nyong’o for winning the Oscar last night for Best Supporting Actress! She looked wonderful and her beautiful spirit continues to shine through. What I love about Lupita is that she gracious about her time in the spotlight. I’m sure she knows  deep down that it’s not going to last. The media is very fickle. However, she understands the significance of her presence to little black girls around the world. She embraces it and that’s why I have so much respect for her.

Rock on Lupita :)

A friend on Facebook pointed out while it was nice that Ms. Lupita won, we should never forget the continued racist practices/history of the Oscars. I agree. It was a bit disturbing to learn that yesterday marked the 75th anniversary of Hattie McDaniel’s Oscar win. It was disturbing because McDaniel won for the role of a slave. All these years later, a black actress wins for a role of a slave. Meh. This is not to say folks are ashamed that these women are playing slaves (or at least I’m not), but rather there hasn’t been any diversity in what black women/folks win for:

MoNique won Best Supporting Actress in 2010 for portraying an abusive mother.

Jennifer Hudson won for Best Supporting Actress in 2007 for portraying a singer w/ a bad attitude.

Halle Berry won for Best Leading Actress in 2002 for portraying an abusive and sex-starved mother.

Double Meh. I understand the Oscars likes when folks play out of character/villains even. Denzel Washington has played some wonderful characters over his 20 year career (including Malcolm X), and yet he won an Oscar for the role of a corrupt cop.

I don’t begrudge these folks wins. As actresses/actors, I’m sure it’s an honor to win an Oscar, no matter what. It represents the highest level of achievement in their field. I just hope the future will bring diverse wins for black folks.  75 years from now, I don’t want a little black girl being happy that a black woman won for portraying a slave.  But I ain’t holding my  breath.

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Beautiful Lupita rocking her Oscar gown!

 

“12 Years a Slave” and “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire”

Speaking of the fascinating Lupita Nyong’o, she gave an amazing performance in “12 Years a Slave.” I can see why she is getting major Oscar buzz.  It took me a minute to see this film..I was very excited when I first heard about it. But as usual, I got busy and had to put it on the back burner. I also had mixed emotions about seeing the film after reading a scathing review about it   (Armond White’s “Dud of the Week: 12 Years a Slave”).  I think he just recently heckled the director…lol.

I understand where he was coming from

The portrayal of slavery in films can be a very thin line. Of course, you want the violence/brutality shown, as it was the reality of being a slave under white supremacy. But, when does it goes from showing truth to just becoming exploitative/ torture porn? Black women’s bodies are always degraded in the media. We are constantly mocked, abused, beaten, and battered. I understand that it was important to show what happened to black women during slavery via the character Patsy (played by Nyong’o).

Actually, what I loved about the film was that is showed white women were just as culpable/cruel slave masters. I loved those parts of the film, as many white feminists like to create revisionary history of an imagery sisterhood between black women and white women during slavery (rolls eyes). So, much props for the director showing that. BUT, I did feel uncomfortable that the main black female character was only portrayed as beaten victim. I am still waiting patiently for the film that shows the rebellion of black women slaves (e.g. Harriet Tubman). And for God’s sake, please don’t let that goofball/black woman-hater Russell Simmons direct it. Blah….

Otherwise, I recommend this film just on the fact it did try to show day-to-day life of being a slave.  I liked that it showed the monotony of slavery. You woke up, picked cotton, probably got abused in some kind of way, got feed scraps, and went to bed. You woke up and did it all over again the next day.  For the rest of your life. Damn. Black folks must never forget this, and always give honor to our ancestors who suffered for us to be here.

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Our white sister…

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I haven’t read The Hunger Game books. I was surprised to learn the books were for young adults.  I always tease my best friend because she loves reading young adult literature. She claims they have the best stories. Hell, I guess she’s right, because I love The Hunger Games movies. I caught the second film in the series “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” during the holidays. I actually thought it was better than the first film. I liked the fact this film had a few more folks of color in it. This has been my one beef with the films/all future based films. I don’t know how futuristic films barely to never having folks of color in them. It’s a fact that folks of color will dominate the United States, much sooner than later. So, I never understand why main characters in sci-fi films are usually white. As a matter of fact, there has been controversy over the portrayal of Katniss. I won’t even get into the hostility/racism that was spewed at Amandla Stenberg (who played Rue), as many white fans didn’t want the character to be black.    

Yeah, well f*ck you too…

The second film still lacked badass black women in it. I’m hoping they get it together for the third film. I want to see some tough women of color fighting in the revolution!

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Rue-District 11

Girl Crush Alert: Lupita Nyong’o

Oh no! Well, I guess it has to be done. I have to break up with my long time crush Anika Noni Rose. I will always have mad love/respect for her though. It’s not you, it’s me. I have fallen for another lovely actress,  Lupita Nyong’o. My new girl crush :) Doesn’t she look cute on the cover of  W Magazine (the movie issue)? I’m so happy she is getting to shine as her natural, intelligent, and fashionable self.

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Dark Girls Rock!

Years ago, I remember complaining on a blog that light-skinned black women singers were the new standard in r&b/mainstream music. At the time, Beyonce was at the height of popularity and record companies were following suit with their own “light girl” copies of Bey.  Another poster responded “Don’t worry, dark girls got next.” I guess things do work in cycles, because ten years later, it looks like dark-skinned black women are back in vogue again (how I hate saying that).

Whatever the reason why darker-skinned black women are making a comeback, it’s still exciting to see these women getting shine in black and mainstream media. I can only imagine the damage that has been done to little black girls with the constant white washing of black female images. I’m a grown azz dark-skinned black woman, and have to fight daily to keep my mind decolonized. The media works hard to make us all hate ourselves (they need us to buy products), but the hostility towards darker-skinned black women was getting  out of control. It’s refreshing to see a variety of images again in the media. This is not to say, all is better for darker-skinned black women. There is still an agenda to erase us, but we  are pushing through. Whether they like it or not. Heh.

The main person setting it off, is actress Lupita Nyong’o. Nyong’o is currently starring in 12 Years a Slave (I still haven’t seen this yet, for some reason):

Photo from: DuJour Magazine
Photo from: DuJour Magazine

Besides being gorgeous, Nyong’o received her Master’s degree from Yale School of Drama.  Nyong’o is seriously giving Anika Noni Rose a run for my new girl crush.  Man, I hate break ups :(

Next, is my favorite new singer Laura Mvula. If you haven’t heard any of her music yet, you better ask somebody! She caused a bit of controversy with her music video “It’s Alright.”   In the song, Mvula scolds folks who criticize her for not being light skin.  On the cover of Pride Magazine, Mvula stated she was “proud to be an ambassador for darker skinned women.”

Photo from: Pride Magazine
Photo from: Pride Magazine

And last (but never least), is my girl Danai Gurira. She plays Michonne on The Walking Dead. So, that’s enough reason alone to give her props. She’s another babe rocking it for dark-skinned women. And she can wield a mean sword:

Photo from: atlantablackstar.com
Photo from: atlantablackstar.com

Shout outs to Adepero Oduye, Kelly Rowland, and Sevyn Street as well. Dark girls got it back on lock and we rocking it. It’s about time. it’s not like we went anywhere, anyway ;)