The Hollywood visionary award went to filmmaker Ava DuVernay, the first black woman to win best director at the Sundance Film Festival in 2012 for Middle of Nowhere. DuVernay, who directed an episode of the current season of “Scandal,” was presented her honor by actress Kerry Washington.

“Ava has firmly established herself as the gutsiest of storytellers and working with her is so inspiring,” said Washington, who, with one hand resting on her pregnant belly, wiped away tears with the other during DuVernay’s acceptance speech.

The magazine also celebrated the champions of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as this year marks the 50th anniversary of its signing. Clarence Williams III, Denise Nicholas, Diahann Carroll, Dr. Maya Angelou, Jim Brown and Nichelle Nichols were commended.

Nicholas, Brown and Nichols took the stage to accept their medals after a short video highlighted their activism. “It’s just beautiful that among the fanfare during Oscar week, we are able to honor each other and our work,” said Angela Bassett. “It is undeniable the imprint that we’ve made.”

The Oscars air Sunday at 8:30 p.m. on CBS.

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9 thoughts on “Oscar Nominee Lupita Nyong’o Says Complexion Was An Issue

  1. Debra on said:

    We have to teach our children (especially our boys) that sisters that look like this young woman is Beautiful. My daughter is not as dark as this young woman, and a boy in her class (6th grade) told her “she would be fine if she was light skin”. I was pissed. I told my daughter, he has no sense and its sad that his mother has/is not teaching him nothing – not self respect or respect.. He doesn’t like himself, so he don’t think much of other people!

  2. of course it would be an issue when the ‘European Standard of Beauty’ is highly regarded World Over.. especially in Africa. Europe. and absolutely here in the ‘West’. do you think that was a COINCIDENCE that Director/Actor Bill Duke made that documentary “Dark Girls”?!? obviously, there’s a serious dilemma World Over about discrimination in native Dark Countries.. Bill Duke just concentrated on this society in the ‘West’. Trust me, he could have went all over the World and would have had tons of evidence. Negroids need to wake up to what’s going on around them!!!

  3. I bet it was mostly blacks who trashed her. I will say it again, blacks can be there biggest bigots against other blacks; and when whites talk trash about blacks, we as blacks get upset when we do the same thing to ourselves. I am glad for her.

    • Jermaine on said:

      I can respect those feelings (Amber) Please understand though, The same DOG that bit them, bit You as well as me and everybody else that is Non white.That dog is a beast of a SYSTEM called ‘white-supremacy/racism’ and it affects ALL areas of people activity:
      Entertainment,Economics,Education,RELIGION,Politics,Labor,Law,Sex and War.
      The biggest stronghold that is yet to be broken is in Religion. The Fact is,(Amber), AFRICANS living in America are serving a god that was FORCED on them and Not the GOD that they served. When AFRICANS cast off their white god, they ARE free.When you Control a mans God, you control everything about that man and his children. We, as AFRICANS have been living an Imitation of Life for too long.

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