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Uzo Aduba Is Radiant as Essence Magazine's September Cover Star

The Emmy award-winning Orange is the New Black actress talks her Nigerian roots, fitness and more in Essence's September cover story.

We have so many reasons to love "Orange is the New Black" star Uzo Aduba. Having Adubo on the cover of  Essence Magazine's September issue adds another.

Beyond looking absolutely radiant in red—it's definitely her color—the two-time Emmy award-winning Nigerian American actress shares how she struggled to blend her Nigerian roots with her Boston upbringing (she once asked her mother if she could change her name to Zoe). Aduba admits that it wasn't until she discovered acting that she learned to full embrace herself, quirks and all.

We also learn that the 35-year-old actress is a self-proclaimed fitness buff and adrenaline junkie.  What makes her the perfect BFF in our heads is that she promotes self-love and positivity.

“This business will try to convince you that you’re not enough,” Abduba tells Essence. “That you’re not pretty enough, thin enough, talented enough, interesting enough, experienced enough, and I say, ‘Enough. Enough with that!’”

We'll definitely be keeping an eye on Aduba as she posted this Instagram video several hours ago, but our inkling is the big surprise she had in store was her September Essence cover story.



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Interview: TOBi Is Making Unapologetic Soul Music

We talk to the Nigerian-Canadian artist about his latest project ELEMENTS, his creative process, mental health and more.

It's a big year for music, and in the midst of many good drops from the motherland and beyond, we caught up with Nigerian-Canadian singer/songwriter TOBi to discuss his recently released 10-track project ELEMENTS.

ELEMENTS is a fusion of old-school soul, contemporary rap sequences, clever lyrical symbols & metaphors. and melancholic vibes which reference TOBi's Nigerian heritage through afrobeats, the reality of his life and the state of the world today. The compilation features production from Nigerian producer Juls on "Dollas and Cents" and "Made Me Everything and Shine."

Below, we also discuss his creative process and passion for mental health with the announcement of an exciting collaboration. "I'm attracted and curious about so many things in life that I can't help but bring [them] into my world and craft," the multi-genre artist says.

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Comedian Munya Chawawa Signs Major Deal with Atlantic Records

Zimbabwean-born, UK-based comedian Munya Chawawa, known for his hilarious online skits, has recently signed a lucrative deal with Atlantic Records.