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Lupita Nyong'o Shared Her Experiences with Colorism on 'BBC Newsnight'

'Colorism is the daughter of racism in a world that rewards lighter skin over darker skin,' the actress said.

In an interview with BBC Newsnight last night ahead of the release of her children's book Sulwe, Oscar-winning actress Lupita Nyong'o shared her experiences with colorism—the prejudice against those with darker skin. Similar to the main character in her book, whose skin is the color of midnight and darker than everyone in her family, Nyong'o speaks candidly about how she grew up being uncomfortable with her dark skin and describes her book as a mirror for other dark-skinned girls.

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Lupita Nyong'o Drops a Freestyle as Her Rap Alter Ego & Discusses Colorism on 'The Tonight Show'

The actress also shares her reaction to being name dropped by Beyoncé on 'Brown Skin Girl.'

Lupita Nyong'o appeared on The Tonight Show, Starring Jimmy Fallon on Monday where she once again, flexed her rap skills as her alter-ego Troublemaker.

The actor has been promoting her upcoming children's book Sulwe as well as her latest film Little Monsters, which is in theaters this week.

During the interview with host Jimmy Fallon, the Us actor also spoke about her reaction to becoming a Beyoncé lyric, (the singer mentions her on the Wizkid-assisted Brown Skin Girl), and also being mentioned in a Jay-Z song. "I love the Carters and they seem to love me. I'm not mad," says Nyong'o.

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