This year, the Black Women In Hollywood also honored Tessa Thompson — who talked about how awful she felt about the advantages lighter-skinned women in this industry have, and how she loved existing in a time where diverse representations of black womanliness was ever-present.
Thompson said of her mother, who is of Mexican descent:
“She told me that my broad features and my brown skin looked beautiful when classmates did their best to convince me otherwise. She went to a beauty supply store with me, where she bought an eco relaxer, which we were prepared to apply together.”
The crowd laughed but she continued:
“But she was proud and patient when I decided I wanted to keep my then-crusty, crunchy, over-gelled curls because she realized that being the fullest expression of yourself is an act of bravery. She wanted me to be brave and because of her, I aim to be.”
In the end of the speech she said:
“To all my sisters in the room here, I think we are living inside more than just a moment, I hope finally our voices can be heard because we all too well that any conversation about gender equality that does not mention the intersection of race is not the truth.”
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