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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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11 Rwandan Artists You Should Be Listening To

Musicians like Bushali, Kivumbi King, Rita Ange Kagaju, and Alyn Sano have been putting their mark on the ever-changing Rwandan soundscape.

The current landscape of modern Rwandan music is more dynamic than ever before, from updated versions of traditional folk sounds to the recent 'KinyaTrap' phenomenon that has permeated playlists across the country. For decades, Rwandan airwaves have been dominated by international hits — and by a handful of established Rwandan superstars — but now, as the country continues to develop and diversify, so does its musical setting, with new and different sounds ascending from the hills. The past five years have seen the emergence of an army of young artists eager to reclaim their languages (Rwanda has four official languages) and identity, interlacing their music with influences that stretch far and wide.

Here are 11 artists that have emerged in the past five years to put their mark on the ever-changing Rwandan soundscape.

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