Lupita Nyong’o on Black Lives Matter: "How is this the world we're living in?"

Amy Mackelden
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From Harper's BAZAAR

Lupita Nyong'o is speaking out in support of the Black Lives Matter movement because she's "taking it personally".

In a new interview with Variety, the actress revealed that she felt compelled to speak up, "Because I’m a member of that community. I’m a member of that society and what is happening, it’s personal. I’m taking it personally. There’s no other way to take it."

Nyong’o also addressed her place in the current movement and told the publication: "This is a time of deep learning for me, too, as an immigrant in this country, of trying to figure out, how is this the world we’re living in? There’s just so much to unpack, there’s so much to learn, and there’s so much to need to be awake to. Because it’s when people fall asleep that these things happen—when we grow complacent." The Us star also spoke about "the killing of George Floyd in front of our eyes," and the way in which the tragedy has "shaken us all awake and now we are alert".

Nyong'o also discussed her forthcoming project, nature documentary Serengeti. Variety noted that Nyong'o's work "is eligible for a nomination in the outstanding narration category at the 2020 Emmy Awards. And if she gets a nod, she’ll join Angela Bassett and Whoopi Goldberg as the only Black women to be nominated in the category to date."

The performer was drawn to the project as Black women are rarely given the opportunity to narrate nature documentaries. Nyong'o said, "I hadn’t really heard of a nature documentary narrated by a woman. And I certainly had never heard of a nature documentary narrated by an African woman."


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