“What is Fundamentally Beautiful, is Compassion”

A compelling message from actress Lupita Nyong’o describing her internalized hatred of her dark skin, Eurocentric standards of beauty, and the redemption she found in “seeing herself” represented through the image and acclaim that came from someone else, who looked like her.

As a person who is Black, Lupita’s message definitely reminds me of how important representation is; of how important it is to be able to witness someone like you who is where you’re trying to go, that is actually swimming against the sea of messages that say you don’t belong there.

For more exploration, check out the short film:

A Girl Like Me



From Aspiring Humanitarian, Relando Thompkins, MSW, LLMSW



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I'm a Social Justice Educator and Aspiring Humanitarian who is interested in conflict resolution, improving intergroup relations, and building more equitable and inclusive communities. "Notes from an Aspiring Humanitarian" is my blog, where I write about issues of diversity, inclusion, equity, and social justice. By exploring social identities through written word, film & video, and other forms of media, I hope to continue to expand and enrich conversations about social issues that face our society, and to find ways to take social action while encouraging others to do so as well in their own ways.

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