DR FRED MASINDE TO Lupita Nyongo: “You DON’T have IT. At your age if you had IT you would be a Hollywood star by now.”
Monday evening, Kenyan actress and filmmaker, Lupita Nyong’o, bagged her first Hollywood award during the 17 Hollywood Film Awards held at the Beverly Hilton, Monday evening. The award saw her receive acclamation from her Brooklyn neighbourhood to her rural village in Kisumu County.
With critics heralding her turn in “12 Years a Slave” as the movie’s breakout performance, Lupita is already being called a lock in the supporting actress category at the Oscars.
However, not everyone has been all “awwwwww’ing” her success. One Dr. Fred Shamalla Masinde, a doctor of Philosophy who resides in Brooklyn, New York, has been showing the 30 year old actress some tough love.According to Dr. Masinde, “Lupita does not have IT. At her age if she had IT she would be a Hollywood star by now.”He adds,
There are not many roles suiting her “here I come straight-out-of-the-jungle” ethnic looks. I guess that’s why she is in a Slavery Movie. I wonder how many slavery movies are created by Hollywood per year.
There are at least 100 Nigerian “Nollywood Stars” who have better acting skills than Lupita and yet they haven’t been accepted by Hollywood. Lupita can continue hanging out with wazungu thinking they love her but the truth is that in big screen, she cannot play any other role but slave related.
Now, here are Africans who are more talented and are trying to make it big in Hollywood. They are doing much better than Lupita and yet not many pple know of them. Lets not forget Professor Odera Oruka’s son, Owiso Odera, who has been in Hollywood for more than 10 years.
So I understand that Miss Malaika Lupita thinks she is the best thing on earth but the truth is the opposite. Trust me there are more talented Africans out there who haven’t made it in Hollywood. Hollywood is a different beast.
I see people now comparing Lupita to Djimon Hounsou. Don’t forget that Djimon Hounsou was a male super model in France and then in the US before becoming a movie star. Djimon Hounsou was also a dancer for Janet Jackson in some of her greatest hits which exposed him to Janet’s fans and Hollywood in general.
She is not even the main character in that movie. But Djimon Hounsou was one of the main actors in Amistad, his first real movie.
Some people have IT; some people don’t.”
On Lupita hanging out with Hollywood stars like Brad Pitt, Gabrielle Union and Kanye West;
Anybody (even you) can take a photo with Obama…so that ain’t a big deal. Just because you are in a movie with Brad Pitt doesn’t mean you will be hanging out with him. That’s like saying if you worked for Apple when Jobs was alive, you would be hanging out with Steve Jobs.
It doesn’t work like that.
Hollywood is the most cutthroat club in the world. It is extremely difficult to cut it in Hollywood if you started your career playing slave roles. Will Smith became a Hollywood star by first building his own fan base (in hip hop and Fresh Prince of Bel’Air)–
So Will always had millions of fans that would see his movies before he even tries to get more fans. Tupac would have been a Hollywood star because he also had his own loyal fan base. Of course both Tupac and Will are also great actors.
Unfortunately for Lupita, her looks doesn’t help. Hollywood likes Halle Berry looks. At least for women, being charcoal dark doesn’t help. For men, dark is good. Eddie Murphy opened the doors for the darkest of black men to become super stars.
Darkness is sexinesss if you are a dude; if you are a lady, Halle Berry is the standard. If we must have a Nyong’o in Hollywood, Issis has IT. How come nobody is even noticing her? If that was Halle Berry, she would be commanding attention. Believe me when I say this: I am doing this as a form of tough love.
Some of us lived in our cars chasing our dreams before breaking into this American society. Lupita goes to Hollywood she is gonna start from the bottom. She ain’t a star; You’ve got to be a realist. Tough love.
Lets not celebrate Lupita prematurely. She is like an intern that just landed a gig with Google. You can’t go around saying that the intern is a successful technology visionary.
That’s all I am saying.
Plain truth or negative criticism? Be the judge.