An Ode to Lupita Nyong’o‬

Lupita Nyong’o, who turned 31 years old on March 1, 2014, is the first black African and 7th black woman to win an Oscar in the Academy’s 86 year history. 

Lupita’s beauty. Her brilliance. Her grace. And her shining spirit. Everything about her champions us to be our highest, most actualized selves. She is a young warrior of a woman, representing African and black American women in an awe-inspiring way. She makes us proud to be who we are. We thank her not with words but by believing that our dreams too are valid. And like her, we must pursue them unapologetically and fearlessly. We must not relent.

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