Lupita Nyong’o and the Value of Visibility

This article appears in the spring 2016 issue of Ms. Subscribe today to read more from the current issue featuring cover woman Lupita Nyong’o! After appearing in North America’s highest-grossing movie of all time this winter—Star Wars: The Force Awakens—Lupita Nyong’o has turned up in an unexpected place. Not as wife to Will Smith’s doctor in […]

The Latest Issue of Ms. Is Here!

We’re thrilled to reveal the cover of our spring 2016 issue today, on International Women’s Day, featuring the inspiring Lupita Nyong’o. In the forthcoming issue—which you can get on newsstands March 29 or in your mailbox/inbox sooner by subscribing—we highlight Nyongo’s bold turn in the Broadway production of Eclipsed, and what her stage performance means for African […]

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: Storyteller

This March, for Women’s History Month, the Ms. Blog is profiling Wonder Women who have made history—and those who are making history right now. Join us each day as we bring you the stories of iconic and soon-to-be-famous feminist change-makers. The following interview is excerpted from the Summer 2014 issue of Ms. Click here to get a copy! […]

The Fantasy of Mammy, the Truth of Patsey

It was not lost on some that, 75 years after Hattie McDaniel became the first African American to win a Best Supporting Actress Oscar, the beautiful, poised and talented Lupita Nyong’o would become the sixth black woman to win that same Oscar—and for playing the same type of role, a slave. If we count Halle […]

While Loving Lupita, Don’t Forget Gabourey

Like most people who have souls, I teared up listening to Lupita Nyong’o’s acceptance speech for Best Supporting Actress during Sunday night’s Oscar telecast. I admire Lupita not only for her obvious talent, but for her honesty and willingness to defend Black beauty. Her inspirational speech on the intersection of race and beauty at Essence‘s […]