As The World Begins To Emerge From a Pandemic, What Legacy Will You Decide To Leave?
If there is one thing we can thank covid for, it is the time for reflection. Spending so much time without social reaction has given us all ample time to think about our purpose, what we're passionate about and the legacy we want to leave behind.
Have you ever thought about the legacy you’re leaving your family, your community, your world?
Most people never give it a second thought. But a legacy is something you’re creating every day, whether you realize it or not.
Vogue, this month, highlighted the legacy of cover star Thandiwe Newton, one of the few leading black British Actresses in the 1990s appearing on the big screen. Beyond talented and beautiful, she surpassed each decade with the next, being recognised for major awards, leading blockbusters, becoming a mother, and selflessly striving for charitable causes.
Thandiwe did not enjoy an easy ride, she endured substantial racism and abuse in the film industry. Yet, astonishingly, she still seems fearless somehow, never flinching from the hard conversations and calling out toxicity wherever she finds it.
Recounting how she never fit in, Thandiwe shares how she was annually bypassed as a kid in the ballerina awards, despite being a brilliant ballerina. Her brownness was to become a site for emotional manipulation and confusion. Whilst auditioning alongside Nicole Kidman for Flirting, the director asked her "Can you be a bit darker? Be darker by Monday," he said.
For Thandiwe, silence was not an option. Her refusal to pander to racial and sexually stereotyped roles has forged her legacy as an empowered actress, not a spokes piece for hire - "I'm not going to say your words if I don't feel they could've come from me". Newton has challenged the Great Wall of Silence in Hollywood too, long before the #MeToo movement. She has been a persistent whistle-blower on the misdemeanours of entertainment moguls, the Weinsteins and Epsteins.