Orphaned transracial international ungrateful insurgent Class Bastard.
"Black girls don’t get told we are beautiful enough. Black girls aren’t always told we can be princesses. Cute, sweet, innocent, pure- these are not words black girls often hear associated with us. Fast, sassy, mouthy, too grown, angry, aggressive- those are the words that get shot at us like darts. Black girls are not girls- we are mini women who are forced to be strong. You must tell black girls they are beautiful, innocent, sweet, magical. You must treat black girls as girls. Then, you can talk about black girl characters whose looks and femininity doesn’t matter. Otherwise, you are just maintaining the status quo- denying black girls our beauty and femininity."
"Females carry the marks, language and nuances of their culture more than the male. Anything that is desired or despised is always placed on the female body."
"International blackness may also be privileged, exceptionalized, exoticized where the same features, talent might be ignored had they appeared on the body of someone born, educated, shaped in Bedford Stuyvesant, Brooklyn or Detroit or Compton or Chicago. Enter Lupita Nyong’o, the Kenyan-Mexican actress nominated for a slew of awards for her viscerally powerful performance as Patsey in Black British director Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave. The Yale-trained actress is lighting up red carpets all over Hollywood with gown after gown of fashionista deliciousness. Lupita’s hair is natural and kinky, her skin is the deepest chocolate - her beauty is undeniable. It has also been universally acknowledged and defined as such - and so it should. So far, articles about Lupita have unsurprisingly noted how inspiring she is for chocolate skinned women who routinely haven’t made the cut as cover girl in this particular landscape. Vanity Fair’s ‘Hottest In Hollywood’ issue has often been critiqued for its absence of black actors and actresses. This year, Lupita stands centrally, in gold lame, looking like a chocolate goddess. That kind of cover-girl treatment has traditionally been reserved for bodies and hair unlike that of Lupita - and so part of the celebration, say some, has been Lupita’s unAmerican-ness - her international blackness."
International Blackness vs. Homegrown Negroes: Lupita, Chimamanda, Thandie and Me
yup, cause i’m for sure starting to feel some kinda way about Lupita and how folks are fawning over her - not at all saying that it should stop, but if homegirl looked the same, but her name was ShQuanika or Sharkeesha Jones and her accent and roots was southside Philly or the SWATS (Atlanta) and she only spoke english, BUT SHE STILL LOOKED EXACTLY THE SAME, would everyone still be so in love with her?
I was starting to feel some type of way about this too. Somehow her background has become more and more important to the point where it makes me uncomfortable to hear how she was “born in Mexico, raised in Kenya.” Can speak different languages, the daughter of a diplomat, educated at Yale.
I think alot of her appeal or the appeal of a black actor now a days in America is their un-american-ness. Thats not to take away from all that Lupita has accomplished or how excellent she was in the role. I’m thinking more of the reason that has been stated over and over again in terms of why african american movies/imagery dont do well overseas but our culture remains popular around the world. Idk…it just seems like we come back to this feeling of black americans never being human enough…i honestly just dont know how to frame it.