Upon meeting Academy Award-winning actress Lupita Nyong’o, Amber Vernon fixated on one detail.
“I just thought, ‘Wow, she’s short! She’s short like me!’ ” says Vernon, a rising senior at Texas Southern University.
The two met Saturday while Vernon was in New York to see Eclipsed — in which Nyong’o stars — a play about the bond formed among African women held by a Liberian warlord as sexual captives. Vernon attended with 11 fellow members of Sister 2 Sistah, a mentorship program for college-aged women of color in Texas, which secured seats through the campaign 10,000 Girls.
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