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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

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The Fugees Will Be Playing Live Concerts In Ghana & Nigeria

Ready or not.

The legendary Fugees have announced that they will be reuniting for their first shows in 15 years for a string of concerts across North America, Europe and West Africa.

The reunion tour will be celebrating the anniversary of their classic 1996 album, The Score.

Ms. Lauryn Hill, Wyclef Jean and Pras Michel will be embarking on a 12-city global tour, which will have them landing in Nigeria and Ghana for a pair of December show dates — we'll have more details on those to come.

The tour starts this week with a 'secret' pop-up show at an undisclosed location in New York City on Wednesday (9/22) in support of Global Citizen Live. The rest of the dates will kick-off in November and see The Fugees playing concerts across Chicago Los Angeles, Atlanta, Oakland, Miami, Newark, Paris, London, and Washington DC, before finishing off in Nigeria and Ghana.

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