Monday, September 9, 2013

One To Watch: Actress Lupita Nyong'o

Actress Lupita Nyong'o

Leave it to the mainstream media to introduce to the world the type of beauty that often travels underneath the obscurity of the Afro-American media. I have been seeing this beautiful newcomer by the name of Lupita Nyong'o in almost every mainstream magazine and website promoting her latest movie, "Twelve Years A Slave," which she co-stars in with actor Chiwetel Ejiofor and others, everywhere.

Lupita Nyong'o was born in Mexico, to Kenyan parents and raised in Kenya much of her life. She is a graduate of the Yale School of Drama's Acting program. This marks Lupita's film debut in a major movie role and she's receiving the well-deserved accolades.

Rant: I've witnessed these type of incidents so many times, so I'm not surprised at all because of the lack of support she hasn't received from the black media and they, just like every one else promotes who they want to promote. As usual they won't write anything about her until there's a buzz just like many did with the actors of 'Fruitvale Station,' which I also saw all over the place during the international film festivals before the buzz hit the black press.

As I've wrote in many comment sections: It is the job of the Afro-American media to promote our people even when they're not popular and not be considered as an afterthought once the mainstream media promotes them. It's hypocritical to cry about exclusion when many of you practice the same exclusionary practices as those you whine about.

I'm not saying that I visit every niche website, but I do tend to read the so-called popular ones from time to to time and this has been on my mind for quite some, so I had to call them out for their hypocrisy and failure to set the tone and promotion of the diversity of black beauty.

 "Twelve Years A Slave" is directed by Steve McQueen and is based on the life of Solomon Northup and hits theaters 18 October 2013.

Photos: Getty Images

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