27 Jan Blazing The Trail: Lupita Covers Hollywood Reporter Magazine
As we impatiently await the release of the ‘Black Panther’ movie this February, the outspoken and brilliant Kenyan
beauty and star of the movie Lupita Nyong’o fronts for US publication Hollywood reporter as she gives an in-dept
interview about the her role, her children’s books in the works and her article of Oct. 19 in The New York Times
where she detailed her encounter with the accused and shamed Harvey Weinstein.
Read below and interesting excerpt from the feature and read full story here
“After recalling how the mogul invited her to a screening at his home, only to lead her into his
bedroom and attempt to give her a massage, she described his words when they met again at a Tribeca restaurant.
“Let’s cut to the chase,” he said. “I have a private room upstairs where we can have the rest of our meal.” Nyong’o declined.
“With all due respect,” she replied, “I would not be able to sleep at night if I did what you are asking.
” She vowed never to work with him again.
Today, she won’t go into the specifics of their dealings, but she’s forthright about the moral compulsion that led to the article.
“I felt uncomfortable in my silence, and I wanted to liberate myself from it and contribute to the discussion,” she says.
“That was just what I felt I needed to do, quite viscerally. I couldn’t sleep. I needed to get it out.
” Over several days, she wrote and wrote, alone with her computer, then showed what she had crafted to her mother.
“I had to talk to her about it because it was something that we hadn’t talked about,” she continues.
“She was really moved and very supportive.”
Now the actress is planning to take an active role in the Time’s Up anti-harassment initiative and is weighing
how she can best serve it. She’s as vocal in its defense as she is on subjects from colonialism to colorism,
the prejudice against dark skin that is the subject of a new children’s book she’s writing,
Sulwe, which Simon & Schuster will publish next year. “Sulwe is a young Kenyan girl who,
though her name means star [in Luo], her skin is the color of midnight,” she says. “And she’s uncomfortable because
she’s the darkest in her family and goes about trying to change that, then she has this adventure
that leads her to accept herself.” The book came out of a 2013 speech Nyong’o gave
“about my journey to accepting myself and seeing beauty in my complexion.””