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Lupita Nyong’o Is a Dewy Autumn Goddess on Her Third Cover for Vogue

The ‘Queen of Katwe” actress kindly invites us to experience her family’s village in Kenya through her eyes in the October issue of Vogue.

For the second October issue in a row and a third time overall, Queen of Katwe star Lupita Nyong’o appears on the cover of Vogue magazine.


Nyong’o, wearing a sumptuous embroidered Chanel gown and complementary head wrap, looks like an autumn goddess in the portrait shot by Mario Testino.

As the editorial makes note, since the Kenyan actress burst onto the Hollywood scene, starring as slave Patsey in Steve McQueen’s Oscar-winning picture 12 Years a Slave, there has been no stopping her.

Mario Testino

Since 2014, the 31-year-old star has been on an epic roller coaster ride, snagging all kinds of accolades from an Academy Award for Best Supporting actress in said debut film to being named People Magazine’s Most Beautiful Person to lining up many more acting roles, including starring in Danai Gurira’s Broadway play EclipsedStar Wars: The Force Awakens, Disney’s Queen of Katwe, hitting theaters September 23, Nakia in Marvel’s Black Panther, and forthcoming film adaptation of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s best seller Americanah.

As you can see, girlfriend (in our heads) is mad busy. No wonder when Eclipsed closed in June, Nyong’o jetted off to Bali to chill.

On top of all this, Nyong’o has ripened into a fashion and beauty icon, solidified by her “sculptural exclamation,” as Vogue puts it, at the Met Gala in May.

In her latest interview with Vogue, Nyong’o kindly invites us to experience her family’s village in Kenya through her eyes, and those of journalist Elizabeth Rubin in addition to talking about her current role portraying Harriet, the mother of Phiona Mutesi who rises from a slum in Uganda to become her country’s chess champion and a formidable international chessmaster.

“Five pages in I wrote my manager and agent with the words ‘I must do this film,” Nyong’o tells Vogue. “To play a mother of four in Uganda, a formidable mother who has so much working against her, was so compelling to me...The fact that it was based on a true story, an uplifting story out of Africa. Oh, my goodness, all my dreams were coming true in that script,” she continues.

Nyong’o mentions how positioning herself to tell African stories happened organically saying, “Being able to use my platform to expand and diversify the African voice (pausing to arrive at the right words), I feel passionate about that. It feels intentional, meaningful.”

Vogue’s 2,000+ word feature includes nuggets from Indian-American director Mira Nair, who helms Queen of Katwe, and McQueen, that provide further insights on the breakout actress.

What’s more, the photo spread of Nyong’o at home (and seemingly at peace) in Kenya, as seen in the portrait with her 96-year-old paternal grandmother Dorca, is absolutely mesmerizing. Lupita is giving life.

Mario Testino

Mario Testino

Mario Testino

Mario Testino

Interview

Kofi Jamar Switches Lanes In 'Appetite for Destruction'

The Ghanaian rapper and "Ekorso" hitmaker presents a different sound in his latest EP.

The drill scene in Ghana has been making waves across the continent for some time now. If you're hip to what a crop of young and hungry artists from the city of Kumasi in Ghana and beyond have been doing over the past year, then you already know about rapper Kofi Jamar.

Towards the end of November last year he dropped one of the biggest drill songs to emerge from Ghana's buzzing drill scene, the popular street anthem "Ekorso." In the December and January that followed, "Ekorso" was the song on everyone's lips, the hip-hop song that took over the season, with even the likes of Wizkid spotted vibing to the tune.

Currently sitting at over 10 million streams across digital streaming platforms, the song topped charts, even breaking records in the process. "Ekorso" maintained the number one spot on Apple Music's Hip-Hop/Rap: Ghana chart for two months uninterrupted, a first in the history of the chart. It also had a good stint at number one of the Ghana Top 100 chart as well, among several other accolades.

Even though he's the creator of what could be the biggest song of Ghana's drill movement till date, Kofi Jamar doesn't plan on replicating his past music or his past moves. He has just issued his second EP, a 6-track project titled Appetite for Destruction, and it would surprise you to know that there isn't a single drill song on it. Although drill played a huge role in his meteoric rise, he wants to be known as way more than just a drill rapper. He wants to be known as a complete and versatile artist, unafraid to engage in any genre — and he even looks forward to creating his own genre of music during the course of his career.

We spoke to Kofi Jamar about his latest EP, and he tells us about working with Teni, why he's gravitating away from drill to a new sound, and more. Check out our conversation below.

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