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‘Black Panther’ Is Quickly Becoming A Box oFfice Hit But This Is What Makes Lupita Nyong’o Proud Of The Movie

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“It’s amazing what this film has been able to do.”

“Black Panther” is on track to becoming a certifiable hit. The movie was released on Feb. 16 and nine days later it is expected to earn more than $500 million in box office sales. This total has put it above “Spider Man” and it is coming for “Wonder Woman.” Lupita Nyong’o, one of the main actors in the film, is proud of what the film has been able to achieve for black people around the world. Nyong’o sat down with Trevor Noah to talk about the enormously positive impact “Black Panther” and the ideal of Wakanda have had on people of color.

“We could not have predicted this, you know? Not only is the box office quite handsome but the effect it’s having on the world,” Nyong’o told Noah. “For the first time, I have seen people paying for other people to go see the movie and things like that. It’s become this community effort and that is incredible. From the very start when Ryan [Coogler] walked me through the story I was just like, ‘Oh my goodness. This is something that I want to see. This is a dream come true.’ We get to have a superhero that’s African and he’s fly, he’s badass, he’s intelligent, he’s got women all around him that are also badass.”

Nyong’o is also very proud of the effect the movie and the hairstyling has had on black girls and women. Nowhere in the film do you see women with their hair straightened. Every woman is wearing her hair naturally and Nyong’o told Noah that the simple gesture of having natural hair elevates it. It paints a better picture of what it is to be black and free from European standards of beauty.


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Lupita Nyong’o Surprises Female STEM Students With $25,000 And Their Faces Say It All

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Lupita Nyong’o Surprises Female STEM Students With $25,000 And Their Faces Say It All

Georgia has been in the news for some not so good legislation, much like Alabama. However, the recent news from an Atlanta all-girls STEM school is touching hearts and making people cry. Lupita Nyong’o used her fame and her money to give young girls of color hope for their future.

Actress Lupita Nyong’o surprised female 6th-grade students with a $25,000 donation.

The “Us” star stopped by at the all-girl Coretta Scott King Young Women’s Leadership school in Atlanta to show support for the girls and their studies in science and technology.

“Good Morning America” voted the students “Most Likely To Succeed” for their quail-raising program.

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“I feel like I’m looking into the faces of the future and it gives me deep hope to see how open, how alive and how positive that future could be,” Nyong’ o said, according to ABC. “When I look into this room I see problem solvers. I see creative thinkers. I see activists. But most importantly I see women who are learning how to learn and learners change the world.”

The money will go toward school supplies, classroom projects, and more.

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The girls have been nurturing quail and selling the quail eggs to people in their community. It’s a way for them to provide fresh food and also raise money for their program.

“Being a quail guardian has taught me respect and responsibility and just how to be a better person in general,” student McKynzie Spearman said, according to ABC.

Check out the moment that Nyong’o walked to surprise the students.

Her words will remain with them forever. You can see in the faces of the girls that their life changed by being praised by someone they have immense respect for.

READ: ‘Black Panther’ Is Quickly Becoming A Box Office Hit But This Is What Makes Lupita Nyong’o Proud Of The Movie

Lupita Nyong’o Wrote a Children’s Book About a Little Girl Coming to Terms With Her Skin Color

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Lupita Nyong’o Wrote a Children’s Book About a Little Girl Coming to Terms With Her Skin Color

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Mexican-born actress Lupita Nyong’o took to her social media accounts on Monday to reveal some exciting news: she has written a children’s book due out in October.

The book is entitled “Sulwe” and revolves around a dark-skinned girl learning to accept her skin color.

According to Nyong’o, she wrote “Sulwe” to “encourage children (and everyone really!) to love the skin they are in and see the beauty that radiates from within”. The illustrations in the children’s book were provided by Vashti Harrison, a Brooklyn-based author, illustrator and filmmaker.

According to the synopsis on Simon & Schuster’s website, the story of “Sulwe” will revolve around a little girl named Sulwe who has “skin the color of midnight” who longs to be “beautiful and bright” like the rest of her family. One night, a “magical journey in the night sky” changes the way she views herself.

This isn’t the first time Lupita Nyong’o has made it her mission to shine a spotlight on the negative impact of colorism on the black community.

The “Us” actress has been candid before about the struggle she’s gone through to accept her skin color as well as her mission to eradicate colorism within Hollywood and the black community at large.

Naturally, Latinas on Twitter are all for N’yongo’s new project.

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Because although the Latinx community is tackling colorism now more than it ever did before, there’s still a lot of work to be done.

Some Latinas just couldn’t hold back their feelings of appreciation towards Nyong’o

Nyong’o is truly doing the work the Latinx community needs to bring light to these issues.

Nyongo’s further contribution to the Afro-Latinx culture is making her a cult-like figure in some circles

Nyong’o truly is #blackgirlmagic goals.

Of course, there were those people who pre-ordered before they finished reading the post.

Children can never have too many resources to help them make sense of difficult topics like race and colorism.

Some Latinos took to Twitter to get frank about the realities of colorism within the Latino community.

As always, talking about issues like this are the first step on the path towards improvement.

We, for one, can’t wait to get our hands on Lupita Nyongo’s new book.

Sulwe is out October 1, 2019 and is available for pre-order now.

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