Confession: I have a major girl crush on Hollywood star Lupita Nyong'o. She is a rare breath of fresh air in Hollywood, and her talent is raw. Then she decides to be even more ace by giving us an insight into her understanding and experience of race both in the country where she was raised, Kenya, and since arriving to America.
Here is Lupita speaking about her albinism documentary and when she learned to consider herself black:
"For my undergrad, I studied film studies and African studies as well. And I wanted to make a documentary because I had never tried to do a thing like that at school. And the subject that I chose was albinism in Kenya because I knew a person with albinism and I didn’t know anything about her experience. And I found myself feeling shame for not understanding someone that I considered to be my friend. And albinism in particular was an interesting subject because they’re the one group of people that unify all races. Having come to the United States was the first time that I really had to consider myself as being black and to learn what my race meant. Because race is such an important part of understanding American society."