Lupita Nyong'o believes race is a "social construct" because, growing up in Kenya, she never thought of herself as "Black".
The 36-year-old Pisces was born in Mexico but raised in Kenya, which gave her a different perspective on race and racism in Black America.
She tells BBC Newsnight that she still experienced "colorism" prejudice due to having darker skin. But it was only after she arrived in the U.S. that she saw how people were divided by race.
"Race is a very social construct, one that I didn't have to ascribe to on a daily basis growing up," she says. "As much as I was experiencing colorism in Kenya, I wasn't aware that I belonged to a race called Black."
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She said she only realized she was Black when she moved to America, "because suddenly the term Black was being ascribed to me and it meant certain things that I was not accustomed to."
Lupita says she was once told she was "too dark" to appear on TV, and that she was not as pretty as her sister, who had lighter skin.
"I definitely grew up feeling uncomfortable with my skin color because I felt like the world around me awarded lighter skin," the Black Panther star explains.
As a result, she believes Americans favor lighter skin even among those who are Black.
"We still ascribe to these notions of Eurocentric standards of beauty, that then effect how we see ourselves among ourselves," she adds.
Jamaican dancehall star Spice angered her social media followers by continuing to wear light makeup and live life as a LSLH (light-skinned, long hair) woman. The reality TV star called out the hypocrisy of dark skinned people bleaching their skin in her new music video"Black Hypocrisy".
Kelly Rowland set her social media timeline on fire when she posted a photo that appeared to show her skin 10 shades lighter. Kelly posted the image to promote her new eyewear collection at Barney's NY.
Stephon Clark, the unarmed black man who was gunned down by police while allegedly breaking into cars in Sacramento, was apparently a misogynistic, self-hating man whose Asian girlfriend shared his hatred for black women.
The rumors that Michael Jackson had the skin disease vitiligo have finally been put to rest. Michael, who died in 2009 at age 50, often linked his many skin lightening treatments to vitiligo, but the pop star's mentor Quincy Jones confirms Michael did not have vitiligo.
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Can we finally agree that television and radio personality Charlamagne tha god has colorism issues?
Charlamagne's fans gasped when they saw his face on his MTV show this past weekend. Many viewers took to social media to discuss his shocking new appearance. But the vain radio star vehemently denies bleaching his skin.
A blogger exposed radio DJ Charlamagne tha god on Twitter.com today. She posted side-by-side comparison photos showing Charlamagne's transformation from a descendent of African kings to looking like Michael Jackson after Thriller.
Click the link to see what Charlamagne looks like now.
We can add eccentric singer Janelle Monae's name to the growing list of self-hating black artists who bleach their skin to fit the industry standard of beauty. The 28-year-old Kansas City native Instagram'd this image of herself posing with a soccer ball bearing a Pepsi logo. The photo caused an uproar among Janelle's rabid so-called "Fandroids" because her skin tone appears 10 shades lighter.
One of her followers wrote: "Stay black baby don't turn fake on me like these other bitches."
This precious baby girl grew up to be a self-absorbed, self-centered, delusional pop singer who can't get enough of the spotlight. This woman will do anything for attention -- even fake giving birth to her daughter. Millions of gullible young girls look up to her for guidance and advice, but she is no role model. Can you guess who she is?
Last night a friend sent this photo of blogger Necole Bitchie with the caption "She is getting bleach happy."
Because the friend didn't identify the females in the photo, I had no idea the female on the left was Necole.
The last time we explored the issue of Necole's low self-esteem was in this post dated January 2009. As you can see, Necole's bleaching has gotten progressively worse. She is lighter than the LSLH chick pictured on the right.
How sad it must be to feel like a stranger in your own skin?
Hi Sandra, Love love love the website. Honestly I find it saddening when black women do things like this. (*cough* Beyonce) I myself am a black woman and I feel like I have reverse self hate issues. I WISH I was DARKER, I would say my complexion is around the real complexion of Necole Bitchie posted on your website, but its something about a dark skin I find beautiful and regal.
Unfortunately my family is full of different nationalities (but I represent for my black people) I'd prefer to be darker and I sometimes where foundation darker than my real complexion on purpose. I've come to the realization that some black woman especially industry ones get pulled into the light is right syndrome. The lighter they are the more beautiful they feel, black women aren't represented properly in the entertainment industry, when I see my people I see beauty in full lips, and various nose shapes and various colors, I find nothing beautiful about pasty white skin, (no offense to those with no pigment) I just thought I'd share my thoughts.
Last night I was on the phone with another female blogger who asked me if I'd seen fellow blogger Necole Bitchie's new photos yet. I hadn't so I went to Necole's blog to see for myself.
Once on Necole's blog, I observed a header image photographed by Derek Blanks that depicted a surreal scene of two women.
It took me a moment to realize I was looking at two images of Necole. One image was decidedly lighter than the other. But both images were lighter than Necole appears in person.
Now I wouldn't be bringing this up at all if I hadn't noticed in the past that Necole, who is very beautiful in her brown skin, tends to take studio shots that render her 10 shades lighter than she actually is.
Just as it offended me when Michael Jackson transformed himself into a white woman, it offends me to see a beautiful black sistah erase her blackness deliberately.