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Lupita Nyong'o attends The 2019 Met Gala Celebrating Camp: Notes on Fashion at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 06, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images for THR)

Lupita Nyong'o, Danai Gurira, Idris Elba and More Stun at the 2019 Met Gala

Check out some of the most fabulous "camp" looks from this year's Met Gala.

The annual Met Gala, known as "fashion's biggest night" took place last night at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Costume Institute.

The yearly affair is known to bring out the biggest celebrities in the world for a night of fun, fundraising and over-the-top looks. This year was no different, especially since the theme was "camp," which is "a style or mode of personal or creative expression that is absurdly exaggerated and often fuses elements of high and popular culture," according to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary. As writer Jame Jackson points out in Buzzfeed, the camp aesthetic was created by black and LGBTQ communities before it became mainstream. Actress and writer Lena Waithe wore this statement proudly on her tailored blazer.

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Trevor Noah, 'Black Panther' and More Are Honored at the Prestigious 50th NAACP Image Awards

"The power of this moment to us really feels like the power of Pan-Africanism," Danai Gurira says at the ceremony.

The NAACP Image Awards is one of the few premiere cultural moments that celebrates to accomplishments of people of color in television, music, literature, film and social justice. In its 50th year, the awards ceremony went down this past weekend at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, honoring notables who won awards based on public audience votes.

This year's nominees was only a peek into how the African diaspora has continued to build, connect and be recognized for their efforts in telling more stories that reflect our diversity as a global black community.

"The power of this moment to us really feels like the power of Pan-Africanism," Danai Gurira says, while joining the Black Panther cast stage as they swept the awards ceremony that evening. "The beauty of this project is that we as a diaspora made this film successful—and we're just getting started as a diaspora—we're just getting started."

Take a look at some winners of note below.

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From Jocelyn Bioh's 'School Girls, or the African Mean Girls Play.' Photo via MCC Theater.

These 5 Women Writers Are Ushering the New Wave of African Stories on Stage

"African stories, like African people, can be absolutely everything."

Language is powerful and a lot of human understanding starts with the pen, the scribe, the playwright. For too long, narratives in theatre have locked African characters in positions of desolation or disease. Fortunately, writers such as Jocelyn Bioh, Ngozi Anyanwu, Tori Sampson, Danai Gurira and Aya Aziz are actively shifting this narrative. Their nuanced storytelling humanizes the ordinary experiences of extraordinary characters who happen to be African or direct descendants of African people.

The majority of Western theatre audiences are white, Anglo and Euro descendants. I don't mention this because it is impossible for those audiences to understand our stories, I mention this because I think it is very likely that they will. It is likely that they will absorb these stories as sheer irrevocable truth. African/Diasporan narratives are often distant from their own personal, familial, and cultural experiences, so they are more inclined to take the portrayals they see on stage at face value. If Ugandans in The Book of Mormon are all riddled with AIDS, then surely it must be an epidemic that touches everyone native to the country. If the most widely accepted African story is set in the pridelands of The Lion King, then surely untamed topography expands over most of the continent. In order to combat these long withstanding stereotypes, we need more stories. And we need to entrust these stories to the writers who have actually lived with them.

Here are some of the women writers that are revolutionizing African storytelling on stage.

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