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Lupita Nyong’o is Just Like Us, Geeks Out Over Beyoncé

Watch Lupita Nyong'o talk her new movie, Queen of Katwe, and meeting Beyoncé and Jay Z on Jimmy Kimmel Live.

Superhuman Lupita Nyong’o isn’t all that different from us. Thanks to Wednesday’s episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live!, we have official confirmation that the Vogue cover star geeks out over Beyoncé, just like the rest of us Oscarless mortals.


When the topic turned to Jay Z’s famous shoutout (“I'm on my Lupita, Nyong'o”) on the Jay Electronica-featuring “We Made It” freestyle, Lupita had some delightful stories to share about the Carters.

“I felt like the coolest kid, ever,” she said of finding out about the shoutout. When Lupita did finally meet Hov at the 2015 Oscars, she assured him that he totally killed it on the name drop.

Of course, that wasn’t Lupita’s first encounter with a Carter. She goes on to tell of her Beyoncé meet cute at the 2014 Met Ball, and how a drunk friend almost botched their photo together. Luckily, B came to the rescue.

The Oscar winner also spoke about the true story behind her new movie, Queen of Katwe, in which she plays the real-life mother of real-life Ugandan chess champion Phiona Mutesi (played in the movie by newcomer Madina Nalwanga, of Lupita Instagram fame). The real-life Phiona was with them at the movie’s world premiere this month at the Toronto International Film Festival, and according to Lupita, it was Phiona’s first time watching a movie in a movie theater.

As for the first movie Lupita ever saw? Something with Steven Seagal, she bets.

Watch the full interview below. Queen of Katwe opens in select theaters on Friday and everywhere else on September 30.

Literally laughing out loud with @jimmykimmel. See why tonight on @jimmykimmellive! #QueenOfKatwe

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The Nigerian musician made the announcement via a heartfelt Instagram post on Friday.

Chioma Rowland, the fiancé of star Nigerian musician Davido, has tested positive for the coronavirus.

The artist shared the news via Instagram on Friday, writing that he and 31 people on his team decided to get tested after returning back to Lagos from abroad. While he and the rest of his team received negative results, Rowland's test came back positive.

"Unfortunately, my fiancé's results came back positive while all 31 others tested have come back negative including our baby," wrote Davido. He added that they both showed no systems, but would be self-isolating as a safety measure.

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Juls Drops New Music Video for 'Soweto Blues' Featuring Busiswa and Jaz Karis

The Ghanaian-British producer heads to South Africa for the music video for the amapiano-inspired track.

Heavyweight Ghanaian-British producer Juls shares his first offering of 2020, and it does not disappoint.

The producer enlists South African music star Busiswa and London's Jaz Karis for the jazz-inflected "Soweto Blues," which also boasts elements of South Africa's dominant electronic sound, Amapiano. The slow-burner features airy vocals from Karis who features prominently on the 3-minute track, while Busiswa delivers a standout bridge in her signature high-energy tone.

"The song dubbed "Soweto Blues" is a song depicting the love, sadness and fun times that Soweto tends to offer its people," read the song's YouTube description. The video premiered earlier today on The Fader. "The energy is amazing, the people are lovely and I've found a second home — especially the vibrancy of Soweto," the producer told The Fader about his trip to Soweto for the making of the video "Jaz Karis is singing a love song, which is symbolic of my new love of Soweto and I'm honoured to have worked with Busiswa whom I have been a fan of for a long time."

Fittingly, the music video sees Juls traveling through the township, taking in its sights and energy. The video, directed by Nigel Stöckl, features striking shots of the popular area and its skilled pantsula dancers.

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Malians Heading to Voting Polls Despite Coronavirus Outbreak

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Malians are set to head to the voting polls this coming Sunday in spite of the coronavirus outbreak and a raging jihadist conflict.

AFP reports that President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita announced that the parliamentary election would continue "in scrupulous respect of protective measures."

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