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Lupita Nyong'o Drops a Freestyle as Her Rap Alter Ego & Discusses Colorism on 'The Tonight Show'

The actress also shares her reaction to being name dropped by Beyoncé on 'Brown Skin Girl.'

Lupita Nyong'o appeared on The Tonight Show, Starring Jimmy Fallon on Monday where she once again, flexed her rap skills as her alter-ego Troublemaker.

The actor has been promoting her upcoming children's book Sulwe as well as her latest film Little Monsters, which is in theaters this week.

During the interview with host Jimmy Fallon, the Us actor also spoke about her reaction to becoming a Beyoncé lyric, (the singer mentions her on the Wizkid-assisted Brown Skin Girl), and also being mentioned in a Jay-Z song. "I love the Carters and they seem to love me. I'm not mad," says Nyong'o.


Later, Fallon asks Nyong'o to drop a freestyle as her alter-ego Troublemaker (a name we learn was given to her by rapper Common). She picks up a mic and dons a pair of dark sunglasses before proceeding to drop a catchy freestyle, backed by house band, The Roots. Her her rhyme below.

Lupita Nyong'o's Rapping Alter Ego "Troublemaker" Freestyles youtu.be

In another clip, the actor discusses exchanging dad jokes with her costars on the set of Us and her battle with colorism as a child, an experience that inspired her to write Sulwe, which she calls a "liberal autobiography."

"It's a mirror for dark skin girls to see themselves," says Nyong'o of the book. "Specifically because I didn't have that growing up, and I wanted to use the pain that I felt [as] my weapon, my gift." Watch her speak about the book, as well as her latest film Little Monsters below.

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Interview: Afro Nation Festival's Smade On Unifying Africans Across the Continent & Diaspora

As the festival prepares to make its Puerto Rico debut this spring, we sat down with Afro Nation co-founder Adesegun Adeosun aka Smade to talk about how it all started and what the future holds.

Within minutes of speaking with Adesegun Adeosun, it's apparent that Afro Nation is much more than an urban music festival.

The Afro Nation co-founder, better known as Smade, talks passionately about connecting Africans across the globe. In less than a year since its debut edition, Afro Nation has successfully done this and gone on to establish itself as the largest festival celebrating African culture on the continent and in the diaspora.

This year, Afro Nation will touch down in Puerto Rico for the first time over spring break—from the 18th to the 21st of March—on the beach of Balneario de Carolina. Headliners will include Burna Boy, Chronixx, Davido, 2Baba, Naira Marley and many more.

As the festival prepares to make its Puerto Rico debut this spring, we sat down with Smade to talk about Afro Nation, how it all started and what the future holds.

This interview has been edited for length and clarity.

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Kenyan Athlete Eliud Kipchoge Nominated for Sportsman of the Year Award

The record-breaking marathon runner has been nominated for the top prize in the 2020 Laureus World Sports Awards alongside Lionel Messi, Tiger Woods, Lewis Hamilton and Rafael Nadal.

Sport24 reports that Kenyan athlete and marathon runner Eliud Kipchoge has been nominated for Sportsman of the Year in the 2020 Laureus World Sports Awards.

He's made the prestigious nominations list alongside Lionel Messi, Tiger Woods, Lewis Hamilton and Rafael Nadal.

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Yemi Alade Enlists Djimon Hounsou for New Music Video 'Remind You'

The veteran Beninese actor stars in the sultry music for Yemi Alade's latest single.

Yemi Alade shares her latest music video for her single "Remind You," and it stars none other than celebrated Hollywood actor Djimon Hounsou.

"Remind You" is a sultry R&B track from the singer's latest album, 2019's Woman of Steel. The vibrant music video, directed by Ovie Etseyatse, sees the singer gallivanting in an empty mansion in various elegant gowns. Honsou graces the screen throughout the video as well, but the two don't meet until the very end, when things take a funny and unexpected turn.

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The 13 Songs You Need to Hear This Week

Featuring Makwa x Maraza x AKA, Joeboy, Zlatan, Nadia Nakia, TOBi x The Game, Yilian Canizares, Aewon Wolf and more.

Every week, we highlight the cream of the crop in music through our best music of the week column.

Here's our round up of the best tracks and music videos that came across our desks, which you can also check out in our Songs You Need to Hear This Week playlists on Spotify and Apple Music.

Follow our SONGS YOU NEED TO HEAR THIS WEEK playlist on Spotify here and Apple Music here.

Check out all of OkayAfrica's playlists on Spotify and Apple Music.

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