Monday, March 3, 2014
By: Senah Yeboah-Sampong
Lupita Nyongâ€™oâ€™s best supporting actress Oscar win marks a new chapter in the young actressâ€™s rise since the release of â€™12 Years a Slaveâ€™ which took the best picture Oscar later that night.
Along with Minneapolisâ€™ own Barkhad Abdi of Somalia who received a best supporting actor nod and the UKâ€™s Chiwetel Ejioforâ€™s nomination, a broader swath of pan-Africana was represented. This is a trend that could continue if narratives of communities of color continue to be explored within major motion pictures.
Born in Mexico to Kenyan parents, Nyongâ€™o won the role of Patsey in the adaptation of Solomon Northupâ€™s slave narrative detailing his abduction and sale into chattel slavery. She made it a point to salute the spirit of the very real woman whom she portrayed on screen.
Nyongâ€™o quickly became a fashion icon and media darling following the filmâ€™s release.
Nyongâ€™o spoke on the issues she had with her dark skin when she was honored at the Essence Black Women in Hollywood Luncheon. She described how touched she was by a fan who chose not to bleach her own skin because if the accolades Nyongâ€™o received for the confidence she displays.