Lupita Nyong’o Inspires Dark Girls with Black Women in Hollywood Acceptance Speech

“I want to take this opportunity to talk about beauty, black beauty, dark beauty.” – Lupita N’yong’o

ESSENCE_Black_Women_in_Hollywood_LuncheonThe amazingly talented starlet, Lupita N’yong’o, does it again. Not only inspiring through her talent, poise and beauty, she now inspires through the revelation of her painful journey as a Dark Girl in her own words. We are so proud to hear her beautiful testimony of triumph.

Here is an excerpt from her speech, as recorded by Essence:

[…] I want to take this opportunity to talk about beauty, Black beauty, dark beauty. I received a letter from a girl and I’d like to share just a small part of it with you: “Dear Lupita,” it reads, “I think you’re really lucky to be this Black but yet this successful in Hollywood overnight. I was just about to buy Dencia’s Whitenicious cream to lighten my skin when you appeared on the world map and saved me.”

My heart bled a little when I read those words, I could never have guessed that my first job out of school would be so powerful in and of itself and that it would propel me to be such an image of hope in the same way that the women of The Color Purple were to me.

I remember a time when I too felt unbeautiful. I put on the TV and only saw pale skin, I got teased and taunted about my night-shaded skin. And my one prayer to God, the miracle worker, was that I would wake up lighter-skinned. The morning would come and I would be so excited about seeing my new skin that I would refuse to look down at myself until I was in front of a mirror because I wanted to see my fair face first. And every day I experienced the same disappointment of being just as dark as I was the day before. I tried to negotiate with God, I told him I would stop stealing sugar cubes at night if he gave me what I wanted, I would listen to my mother’s every word and never lose my school sweater again if he just made me a little lighter. But I guess God was unimpressed with my bargaining chips because He never listened.

And when I was a teenager my self-hate grew worse, as you can imagine happens with adolescence. My mother reminded me often that she thought that I was beautiful but that was no [consolation], she’s my mother, of course she’s supposed to think I am beautiful. And then … Alek Wek. A celebrated model, she was dark as night, she was on all of the runways and in every magazine and everyone was talking about how beautiful she was. Even Oprah called her beautiful and that made it a fact. I couldn’t believe that people were embracing a woman who looked so much like me, as beautiful. My complexion had always been an obstacle to overcome and all of a sudden Oprah was telling me it wasn’t. It was perplexing and I wanted to reject it because I had begun to enjoy the seduction of inadequacy. But a flower couldn’t help but bloom inside of me, when I saw Alek I inadvertently saw a reflection of myself that I could not deny. Now, I had a spring in my step because I felt more seen, more appreciated by the far away gatekeepers of beauty. But around me the preference for my skin prevailed, to the courters that I thought mattered I was still unbeautiful. And my mother again would say to me you can’t eat beauty, it doesn’t feed you and these words plagued and bothered me; I didn’t really understand them until finally I realized that beauty was not a thing that I could acquire or consume, it was something that I just had to be.

[…] And so I hope that my presence on your screens and in the magazines may lead you, young girl, on a similar journey. That you will feel the validation of your external beauty but also get to the deeper business of being beautiful inside.

There is no shame in Black beauty.

Read more at Essence.


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Dark Girls Product Line Coming Soon!

Dark Girls Contest10 lucky voters will win a Dark Girls DVD and a t-shirt. Your input and participation will narrow down designs we ultimately feature in our store.

We are creating a line of products, just like the film, that reflect you and your sentiments.

The most important thing is to make sure we have products that Dark Girl supporters will love and want to wear.

You can vote on our fan page or on our official website:

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Gabrielle Union’s “Being Mary Jane” features Dark Girls

beingmaryjaneThank you to Akil Productions and BET’s “Being Mary Jane” for featuring Dark Girls and keeping the dialogue going!

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Dark Girls Trends on Twitter and Celeb Reactions

It was an unreal moment to see Dark Girls trending in the #1 spot on Twitter during the television premiere. Social Media and the dedicated fans and supporters online have had a large part to do with the success of this film.

Much love and appreciation to the lively conversation on Twitter.

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Access Hollywood Live speaks to D. Channsin Berry & Bill Duke Speak about Dark Girls

D. Channsin Berry & Bill Duke speak to Access Hollywood Live about Dark Girls and the OWN tv premiere.

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Dark Girl’s Premieres on OWN June 23!


PASS The WORD!!!!!! Ladies and Gents…On JUNE 23rd our documentary film “DARK GIRLS” finally premieres on OWN!!!. Major Love to Lady OW! and Blessings to ALL our DARK GIRLS Team, Fans and Friends.

D.Channsin Berry and Bill Duke

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East Coast Dates Added in March

Click the links to purchase tickets:
March 10 – 7pm
Philadelphia, PA
Tower Theatre

March 23 – 8pm
Buffalo, NY
Shea’s Performing Arts Center

As dates are added, check this page


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Dark Girls wins Audience Choice Award for PAFF

Dark Girls is excited to win the Audience Choice Award for the Pan African Film Festival. Thank you to all the fans and supporters that made this happen!

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Additional Screening added to PAFF – Los Angeles

Due to popular demand, an additional screening has been added for Monday, Monday 2/20 at 5:25.

Early arrival is strongly suggested, as the screenings have reached capacity.

(click links to buy individual tickets – Child $5.25, Adult $11.50, Senior $9.50)

Rave Cinemas Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza 15
4020 Marlton Avenue
Los Angeles, CA  90008
(323) 296-1005

Tickets on sale February 1 at Rave Cinemas Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza 15 Box Office or online

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Dark Girls will be at the Pan African Film Festival

We are excited to announce that the Dark Girls film will be showing in Los Angeles at the 2012 Pan African Film Festival. 

(click links to buy individual tickets – Child $5.25, Adult $11.50, Senior $9.50)

Rave Cinemas Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza 15
4020 Marlton Avenue
Los Angeles, CA  90008
(323) 296-1005

Tickets on sale February 1 at Rave Cinemas Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza 15 Box Office or online

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