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Lupita Nyong’o Speech on Black Beauty

Lupita Nyong’o won the Essence Magazine Black Women In Hollywood Breakthrough Performance Award. In a beautiful speech at the ceremony, she said:

“What is fundamentally beautiful is compassion for yourself and for those around you. That kind of beauty enflames the heart and enchants the soul…”

Nyong’o credits other Black /African women, including her mother and Oprah Winfrey , for inspiring her to believe that anything is possible, thanking them for breaking barriers in their own lives and empowering the next generation to do the same.