2014 Massachusetts Conference For Women (Image Credit: Getty Images)

Lupita Nyong’o at 2014 Massachusetts Conference For Women (Image Credit: Getty Images)

Actress and industry darling, Lupita Nyong’o continues to inspire women every where she goes, and this time she made a stop at the Massachusetts Conference for Women in Boston where she delivered a moving speech that even brought her tears.

Nyong’o who won an Oscar for her affecting performance in 12 Years a Slave, has become a beacon of light for women of color. Her style book has garnered high-profile as campaigns and her career is still soaring thanks to her starring role in Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

“What I wanted more than anything was to make-believe for a living. When I watched The Color Purple and watched Oprah and Whoopi Goldberg, a seed was planted in my heart to becoming an actor, but I dared not water it in public… Nobody I knew around me was acting for a living. In school, it wasn’t one of the professions you learned about. It didn’t help that we only had one TV station and it aired very boring programming as a child.”

Its is clear that Nyong’o is humbled by her good fortune and wants to share her words of wisdom to help propel the next talent on the horizon, “What I wanted more than anything was to make-believe for a living. When I watched The Color Purple and watched Oprah and Whoopi Goldberg, a seed was planted in my heart to becoming an actor, but I dared not water it in public…Nobody I knew around me was acting for a living. In school, it wasn’t one of the professions you learned about. It didn’t help that we only had one TV station and it aired very boring programming as a child”.

She goes on to detail her path to success, which included attending the Yale School of Drama. That helped set the stage for what was to come, and shortly before graduation – Nyong’o was offered the role that would change her life forever – Patsy in 12 Years a Slave.

She ended her speech on a hopeful note, with a message for the ones who are still harboring the desire to pursue their passions full-time, “We continue to fight for equality, for justice, for freedom, for compassion and we achieve the most when we are awakened and responsive to the dreams of our individual hearts”. It is then we can be part of a whole and share our tools to fulfill the bigger picture of a better tomorrow.”

Click through our gallery to see more photos from the conference as well as Lupita at Glamour’s 2014 Women Of The Year awards.

(Image Credits: Getty Images)

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  • Mary Burrell

    She is a very inspirational young lady hope she can spread that beauty and light to other young black women who see her and know they are beautiful too.

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      Preach Sister.