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Mon Feb 25, 2013, 08:20 PM

For Quvenzhané Wallis....Beautiful!

The Thing about Being a Little Black Girl in the World: For Quvenzhané Wallis

The thing about being a little black girl in the world is that even when you are the youngest person ever to be nominated for an Academy Award, many people will use the occasion not to hold you up for all of the amazing things you obviously are, but to tear you down for the ways you don't look like them, the ways your name isn't their kind of right, the ways you don't remind them of themselves, the ways you are not blonde or blue-eyed, as if those things could possibly matter when set against the otherwordly talent and beauty and brilliance you possess.​

The thing about being a little black girl in the world is that you come into it already expected to be less than you almost certainly are, the genius and radiant darkness you possess already set up to be overlooked, dismissed or erased by almost everyone you will ever meet.

The thing about being a little black girl in the world is that even when you are everything, some people will want you to be nothing. They will look at you through the nothing-colored glasses they will put on every time you enter a room. And the bigness of you, the outstandingness, the giftedness, will be invisible to them.


The thing about being a little black girl in the world who is already, at nine years old, confident enough to demand that lazy, disrespectful reporters call you by your name, is that most people will not understand the amount of comfort in one's own skin it takes to do that, will not be able to grasp the sheer fierceness of it, the boldness, the certainty, the love for yourself, and will not be blown away at seeing you do it, though they should be.​

The thing about being a little black girl in the world is that your right to be a child, to be small and innocent and protected, will be ignored and you will be seen as a tiny adult, a tiny black adult, and as such will be susceptible to all the offenses that people two and three and four times your age are expected to endure.


But take heart.​


Read the rest here:
http://blackgirldangerous.org/new-blog/2013/2/25/the-thing-about-being-a-little-black-girl-in-the-world-for-quvenzhan-wallis

Link found here:@ smartypants
http://immasmartypants.blogspot.com/2013/02/the-thing-about-being-little-black-girl.html

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Reply For Quvenzhané Wallis....Beautiful! (Original post)
sheshe2 Feb 2013 OP
MrScorpio Feb 2013 #1
sheshe2 Feb 2013 #2
LadyHawkAZ Feb 2013 #15
Skidmore Feb 2013 #3
sheshe2 Feb 2013 #4
Bjorn Against Feb 2013 #5
sheshe2 Feb 2013 #8
Bjorn Against Feb 2013 #10
TDale313 Feb 2013 #6
freshwest Feb 2013 #7
sheshe2 Feb 2013 #9
Bjorn Against Feb 2013 #11
Cha Feb 2013 #12
Lex Feb 2013 #13
Kablooie Feb 2013 #14
sheshe2 Feb 2013 #16
AnnieBW Feb 2013 #17

Response to sheshe2 (Original post)

Mon Feb 25, 2013, 08:32 PM

1. Beautiful!










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Response to MrScorpio (Reply #1)

Mon Feb 25, 2013, 08:38 PM

2. Thank you so much for the pictures.

They Were Beautiful, Mr Scorpio!

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Response to MrScorpio (Reply #1)

Mon Feb 25, 2013, 10:08 PM

15. My god that child is lovely

Just beautiful. Look at that smile!

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Response to sheshe2 (Original post)

Mon Feb 25, 2013, 08:41 PM

3. She is beautiful.

Inside and out.

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Response to Skidmore (Reply #3)

Mon Feb 25, 2013, 08:45 PM

4. +1

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Response to sheshe2 (Original post)

Mon Feb 25, 2013, 08:48 PM

5. I thought she gave the best performance of the year, she should have won the Oscar

Don't get me wrong, Jennifer Lawrence is a great actress as well, but Quvenzhane Wallis gave the kind of performance that you can never forget. For a six year old to bring the level of emotional intensity to the role that she did is absolutely amazing. And yes, I know she is nine years old now, but she was only six when the movie was filmed.

Beasts of the Southern Wild was the best movie of the year, Argo was very good too but Beasts of the Southern Wild was totally original and was the type of movie I could watch again and again, I hope to see Wallis go far in the future.

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Response to Bjorn Against (Reply #5)

Mon Feb 25, 2013, 09:00 PM

8. I posted this before the awards.

http://www.democraticunderground.com/11027727

I can't wait to see the movie!

Thanks, Bjorn Against.

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Response to sheshe2 (Reply #8)

Mon Feb 25, 2013, 09:20 PM

10. I know Barack Obama publically praised it a few months ago as well

Barack Obama recommended the movie for all ages which kind of surprised me because despite the fact that the story centers on a child it is certainly not a kid's movie, it is very dark and depressing and it could scare young children. Seeing how Michelle described the movie makes me better understand why Barack recommended it for kids however, we can't shield our kids from every thing that is difficult to watch because life is often difficult to watch and you can't shield kids from life. Beasts of the Southern Wild may not be an easy movie for kids to watch, but it is a movie they can gain a greater understanding of the world from. I still would say it is an adult movie however because there is a lot of symbolism that kids won't understand. The heart of the movie is really about climate change and Hurricane Katrina, but kids won't get that at all because neither Katrina or climate change are ever directly mentioned you need to know current events to pick up the major themes of the movie. Kids will see a totally different movie about a young girl who survives in a harsh world, but even if they don't get the metaphors they can still see a great piece of art.

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Response to sheshe2 (Original post)

Mon Feb 25, 2013, 08:50 PM

6. Truly great. Thank you for posting it.

She's amazing.

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Response to sheshe2 (Original post)

Mon Feb 25, 2013, 08:56 PM

7. Fragile, beautiful flower of a young lady that deserves to be cherished and supported.

Those who are incapable of seeing this, I don't want to know.

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Response to freshwest (Reply #7)

Mon Feb 25, 2013, 09:09 PM

9. The idiot reporter, that called her Annie,

I guess we should just call her STUPID!

The thing about being a little black girl in the world is that when you have talent, you probably have more of it in your tiniest toe than most of the people who tear you down have in their entire families

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Response to sheshe2 (Reply #9)

Mon Feb 25, 2013, 09:24 PM

11. She did however just get cast as Annie in a remake of the musical

I don't think the reporter meant any harm with that comment, although I would not be surprised if they called her Annie because they don't know how to pronounce her real name.

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Response to sheshe2 (Original post)

Mon Feb 25, 2013, 09:28 PM

12. This is a beautiful defense from Mia McKenzie..

Because the thing about being a little black girl in the world is that you are descended from people whose incredible strength and resilience are ​alive and kicking in you



Quvenzhane Wallis shines in "Beasts of the Southern Wild." celebrates the human spirit and will to survive

thank you so much for posting this via smartypants, she!

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Response to sheshe2 (Original post)

Mon Feb 25, 2013, 09:32 PM

13. She was a WONDER in her movie.

Spellbinding.

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Response to sheshe2 (Original post)

Mon Feb 25, 2013, 10:03 PM

14. She is the cutest little thing.

And she always carries puppy purses!
http://style.mtv.com/2013/02/05/quvenzhane-wallis-puppy-purse/

I hope she stays around and has opportunities to do more movies.

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Response to Kablooie (Reply #14)

Mon Feb 25, 2013, 10:20 PM

16. I think this is only the beginning for her!

Love the pics of the puppy purses! What a beautiful child!

I think the purses are going to become a new rage now!

Thanks, Kablooie!

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Response to sheshe2 (Original post)

Mon Feb 25, 2013, 11:47 PM

17. Love that purse!

She was soooo cute last night. One of the best-dressed women there, too.

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