In Eating the Other, bell hooks says: “Within commodity culture, ethnicity becomes spice, seasoning that can liven up the dull dish that is mainstream white culture…”
Important (though with a slightly misleading title!).
Also: Lupita Nyong’o is awesome and inspiring, but that she’s one of the only people we point to as a representation of of dark-skinned beauty in the media should be a red flag - she should be one of MANY people we point to. The same way Reagan made “model minorities” out of Asian-immigrant employees in the 80s in order to say, “See? We’re not racist. We totally think Asian people are a great minority!”, we can’t make Lupita Nyong’o the “model minority” of WOC in the media to say, “See? We’re not racist. We totally represent dark-skinned WOC!” We can’t expect her to break the system alone.