lupita nyong'o's essence speech: how effective is it?
the film 12 years a slave has been the subject of conversation for many, in light of the film winning a major 'best picture' award; as well as what some claim to be a counterpoint to films such as django unchained. lupita nyong'o, one of the stars of the film, made an impassioned speech at an event held by essence magazine. in the speech, she spoke of her experience as a child of a darker hue, and the cultural and social isolation which stemmed from that experience. while the speech was inspiring on a very emotional and rudimentary level; a proper contextual analysis of the origins of her pain are sorely ommitted from her speech, and speeches like it.
so of course, we at 'guess who's coming to radio??!!' will discuss it. we would love to hear from you on issues such as these:
-have you seen the film '12 years a slave'?
-were you inspired by the film (and nyong'o's speech) or did you find contextual holes in the narrative?
-do you feel there are more than enough 'slave'-themed films on the market? what exactly does 'slavery' mean to you?
-do you think idea(l)s of beauty have finally opened up beyond an anglo-centric sensibility?