Oscar Winner Lupita Nyong`o Speech on Black Beauty Essence Awards

This week, Lupita Nyong`o won the Essence Magazine Black Women In Hollywood Breakthrough Performance Award. In a beautiful speech at the ceremony, she said: `What is fundamentally beautiful is compassion for yourself and for those around you. That kind of beauty enflames the heart and enchants the soul...` At 30 years old, Nyong`o credits other Black / African women, including her mother and Oprah Winfrey , for inspiring her to believe that anything is possible., and thanks them for breaking barriers in their lives and empowering the next generation to do the same.

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