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Lupita Nyongo'o Stuns In the Music Video For Jay-Z's 'MaNyfaCedGod'

Lupita Nyong'o stars in the music video for Jay-Z's ''MaNyfaCedGod'

Lupita Nyong'o is the star of Jay-Z's latest music video "MaNyfaCedGod" featuring James Blake.


Since the release of his latest album 4:44 the rapper has dropped one striking music video after another, and this one is certainly no different.

The video begins with Nyong'o and a partner taking a gleeful stroll in the park. The quote "Our external reality is an opportunity to heal an internal upset," flashes across the screen, before the video shifts to show the Kenyan actress giving a stirring solo dance performance, much eerier and affecting than the video's opening scene.

Nyongo's performance chops are on full display—she clearly didn't win that Oscar for nothing. Watch the music above.

Jay-Z's previous video for 'Moonlight' featured Issa Rae, Tiffany Haddish, Lakeith Stanfield, Jerrod Charmicheal and more in an all-black remake of the popular 90s sitcom Friends.

 

 

 

Interview

Interview: The Awakening of Bas

We talk to Bas about The Messenger, Bobi Wine, Sudan, and the globalized body of Black pain.

The first thing you notice when you begin to listen to The Messenger—the new investigative documentary podcast following the rise of Ugandan singer, businessman and revolutionary political figure Bobi Wine—is Bas' rich, paced, and deeply-affecting storytelling voice.

Whether he is talking about Uganda's political landscape, painting a picture of Bobi Wine's childhood, or drawing parallels between the violence Black bodies face in America and the structural oppression Africans on the continent continue to endure at the hands of corrupt government administrations, there is no doubt that Bas (real name Abbas Hamad) has an intimate understanding of what he's talking about.

We speak via Zoom, myself in Lagos, and him in his home studio in Los Angeles where he spends most of his time writing as he cools off from recording the last episode of The Messenger. It's evident that the subject matter means a great deal to the 33-year-old Sudanese-American rapper, both as a Black man living in America and one with an African heritage he continues to maintain deep ties with. The conversation around Black bodies enduring various levels of violence is too urgent and present to ignore and this is why The Messenger is a timely and necessary cultural work.

Below, we talk with Bas aboutThe Messenger podcast, Black activism, growing up with parents who helped shape his political consciousness and the globalized body of Black pain.

This interview has been edited for length and clarity.

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