that speaks to me on so many levels as a black woman.
we get told so many times in so many different ways how we’re not good enough and it makes us afraid to hope for something great.
but seeing lupita on that stage with that well deserved oscar in her hands…
what that moment did for my little sister who told me she doesn’t feel beautiful because her skin is too dark…
she’s THIRTEEN YEARS OLD and she HATES the skin she’s in. i kno what that feels like. it took me so damn long to learn to love myself. when i look at my little sister sometimes i ask myself, how many times can i tell her that she’s beautiful? why would she believe me when the second she leaves my company everyone around her is telling her otherwise?
lupita’s win is NOT a sign that hollywood is changing. no manner how many of them r probably patting themselves on the back for being so ~*progressive*~ this victory is not for the academy. when actresses like lupita succeed in spaces normally reserved for white faces THEY ARE THE HEROES. this victory is for all the black women and young black girls watching her take that stage. for even the briefest moment we get to FEEL the kind of beauty that only comes when u’ve struggled for so long.
lupita is my hero. she is my sister’s hero. i am so thankful to everyone involved in 12 years a slave for all of their hard work.