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Winston Duke Says Black Women Have ‘Challenged Me to be Better, Smarter’ — And Fans Are Loving It

Winston Duke made hearts flutter when he praised Black women for boosting his confidence and he’s about to do it all over again.

The “Black Panther” actor credits his Black mother and sister for shaping him into the man he is today.

“I was raised by my mother and my sister, and I have learned how to be a real man from their examples of strength, focus, and dedication,” he told Essence’s men’s issue. “They also taught me to challenge images and ideas of toxic masculinity from an early age. Everything I am is as a result of the women in my life.”

He says in a video on the set of his photo shoot that the women in his family are responsible for teaching him “how to be a strong man through their examples of what it means to be a strong woman.”

“The Black women in my life have challenged me to be better, they’ve challenged me to be smarter,” he adds.

In response to his message, fans began praising Duke online.

“@melesentially hear the boss seh he learnt everything from Black Women! @Winston_Duke 👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾 salute brother. Big up 🇹🇹 same speed! Where about are you from? Let me find out you lime with Lara and Yorkie regularly lol.”

“Well said. 👌🏽”


Duke’s newest pro-Black women message comes after he thanked the ladies for making him feel good about his height — something that was once intimidating.

“It was really started and driven by Black women and I wanna thank them for that,” he told Newsweek in April. “I have not always been in a position to think that the things that made me who I am have always been positive. My height and my size have also made me look like an aggressor without trying. And to now be in a space where they’re saying that’s what makes me beautiful and that’s what makes me disarming, that’s really humbling and it feels really good.”

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