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Lupita Nyong'o Makes Her Debut As Vogue Cover Girl

Lupita Nyong'o Makes Her Debut As Vogue Cover Girl for July 14 issue, photographed by Mikael Jansson.

Last week, Kenyan actress Lupita Nyong'o shook the fashion world with the announcement of her Vogue cover for the magazine's July Issue. It's been a great year for the emerging star who mentioned that "It just feels like the entertainment industry exploded into my life. People who seemed so distant all of a sudden were right in front of me and recognizing me — before I recognized them!" Well, since her terrific performance in 12 Years A Slave and her nomination for People magazine's 'Most Beautiful Woman in the World', her name's been on everyone's lips. Nyong'o also recently confirmed that she'll be appearing in Star Wars: Episode VII , the live action version of  The Jungle Book and team up with Brad Pitt's Plan B Productions to produce and star in the film adaptation Chimamanda Adichie's novel Americanah.


Lupita's Vogue editorial was photographed by Mikael Jansson in Marrakech, Morocco — the full styling set up includes pieces from Prada, Givenchy & Jonathan Saunders and Nyong'o appears stunning and confident throughout the shoot. Last week she tweeted "This Summer, I am totally COVERED" alongside an outtake from the Vogue editorial. Lupita will keep blossoming and we can't wait to see her upcoming projects. Scroll through our gallery to view the pictures and if you want to talk about it, tweet @okayafrica with #LupitaNyongo.

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Interview: Buju Banton Is a Lyrical Purveyor of African Truth

A candid conversation with the Jamaican icon about his new album, Upside Down 2020, his influence on afrobeats, and the new generation of dancehall.

Devout fans of reggae music have been longing for new musical offerings from Mark Anthony Myrie, widely-known as the iconic reggae superstar Buju Banton. A shining son of Jamaican soil, with humble beginnings as one of 15 siblings in the close-knit community of Salt Lane, Kingston, the 46-year-old musician is now a legend in his own right.

Buju Banton has 12 albums under his belt, one Grammy Award win for Best Reggae Album, numerous classic hits and a 30-year domination of the industry. His larger-than-life persona, however, is more than just the string of accolades that follow in the shadows of his career. It is his dutiful, authentic style of Caribbean storytelling that has captured the minds and hearts of those who have joined him on this long career ride.

The current socio-economic climate of uncertainty that the COVID-19 pandemic has thrusted onto the world, coupled with the intensified fight against racism throughout the diaspora, have taken centre stage within the last few months. Indubitably, this makes Buju—and by extension, his new album—a timely and familiar voice of reason in a revolution that has called for creative evolution.

With his highly-anticipated album, Upside Down 2020, the stage is set for Gargamel. The title of this latest discography feels nothing short of serendipitous, and with tracks such as "Memories" featuring John Legend and the follow-up dancehall single "Blessed," it's clear that this latest body of work is a rare gem that speaks truth to vision and celebrates our polylithic African heritage in its rich fullness and complexities.

Having had an exclusive listen to some other tracks on the album back in April, our candid one-on-one conversation with Buju Banton journeys through his inspiration, collaboration and direction for Upside Down 2020, African cultural linkages and the next generational wave of dancehall and reggae.

This interview has been shortened and edited for clarity.

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