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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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Hugh Masekela's New York City Legacy

A look back at the South African legend's time in New York City and his enduring presence in the Big Apple.

In Questlove's magnificent documentary, Summer of Soul, he captures a forgotten part of Black American music history. But in telling the tale of the 1969 Harlem Cultural Festival, the longtime musician and first-time filmmaker also captures a part of lost South African music history too.

Among the line-up of blossoming all-stars who played the Harlem festival, from a 19-year-old Stevie Wonder to a transcendent Mavis Staples, was a young Hugh Masekela. 30 years old at the time, he was riding the wave of success that came from releasing Grazing in the Grass the year before. To watch Masekela in that moment on that stage is to see him at the height of his time in New York City — a firecracker musician who entertained his audiences as much as he educated them about the political situation in his home country of South Africa.

The legacy Masekela sowed in New York City during the 1960s remains in the walls of the venues where he played, and in the dust of those that are no longer standing. It's in the records he made in studios and jazz clubs, and on the Manhattan streets where he once posed with a giant stuffed zebra for an album cover. It's a legacy that still lives on in tangible form, too, in the Hugh Masekela Heritage Scholarship at the Manhattan School of Music.

The school is the place where Masekela received his education and met some of the people that would go on to be life-long bandmates and friends, from Larry Willis (who, as the story goes, Masekela convinced to give up opera for piano) to Morris Goldberg, Herbie Hancock and Stewart Levine, "his brother and musical compadre," as Mabusha Masekela, Bra Hugh's nephew says.

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