Marvel comics, ‘Black Panther’ European Premiere held on Thursday night in Hammersmith, London and was attended by LupitaNyong’o, Florence Kasumba, ChadwickBoseman, AndySerkis, Michael B. Jordan, Danai Gurira among others.
Some of the best looks were Lupita Nyong‘o who wore a glistening gown and bold block eye shadow, Chadwick Boseman who was dapper in a black outfit which featured tiger stripes, Danai Gurira who looked majestic with the plumage of a regal bird spilling down one arm and a dapper haircut and Florence Kasumba who wore a stunning pink gown with vibrant shades of red, pink and orange.
Lupita Nyong’o was one of the tens of women that accused Hollywood exec, Harvey Weinstein of sexual assault in 2017, and as she covers the latest edition of The Hollywood Reporter, the award-winning actress opens up on why she chose to speak up against the erstwhile big shot.
See excerpts from her interview and more photos of her being pure magic below.
On speaking up against Weinstein: “I felt uncomfortable in my silence, and I wanted to liberate myself from it and contribute to the discussion,” she says. “That was just what I felt I needed to do, quite viscerally. I couldn’t sleep. I needed to get it out.” Over several days, she wrote and wrote, alone with her computer, then showed what she had crafted to her mother. “I had to talk to her about it because it was something that we hadn’t talked about,” she continues. “She was really moved and very supportive.”
On learning to accept that she sometimes feels insecure about her looks: “That’s OK,” she says, with a sly smile, “because it will keep me grounded. I don’t need to be so full of myself that I feel I am without flaw. I can feel beautiful and imperfect at the same time. I have a healthy relationship with my aesthetic insecurities.”
On coming to America for her studies: “It was culturally shocking and culturally discombobulating,” she admits. At the university, “I was regarded with a fascination that was weird: I had grown up watching Americans on TV, so they were not as unfamiliar to me as I was to them, and that was something I had to negotiate. Hampshire can be very casual, and I was the kind of student that ironed my clothes the night before. But it was also a very liberating place because I learned that I was self-sufficient and self-driven, that I could set goals without someone flogging me.”
On being a mother someday: “I feel I was born to be a mother,” she says, though where she would raise her children, she doesn’t know. “Somewhere where there’s grass. Because I want my kids to be able to run around and discover things with their feet and their hands. I still love climbing trees. There’s no trees to climb here.”
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Lupita Nyong’o took to Instagram to celebrate her father Peter Anyang Nyong’o and also thank those who made it possible for him to become the new Governor of Kisumu County in Kenya.
She also shared 10 invaluable lessons he taught her which has helped her in becoming the better and confident woman she’s today and we think they’re lessons that will come in handy for everyone.
1. You are smart: I took this to mean both that I was dressed well (We Kenyans say ‘smart’ for ‘well-dressed’), but also that I was intelligent. It always made me feel special and valuable.
2. It will be OK: He said this whenever I was sad with the little burdens of my childhood (a fight with my friends, a broken doll, a lost favorite piece of clothing). He also said this when I was concerned with the big burdens of his adulthood (detention without trial, house arrests, caught in tear gas during violent riots). Daddy said this to me as he held me close and I always felt a sense of comfort and security from him.
3. You can do anything: Daddy never EVER made me feel limited by my sex.
4. Do whatever you want to do; just do it to excellence: Dreaming out loud was something he encouraged.
5. Knowledge is power: He ALWAYS reads and he is a walking example of how the power of an education never comes to an end.
6. Show me: My Daddy loves to learn from his children. He is not afraid to admit what he does not know.
7. Consider the other side: there is always two sides to a coin. Being able to identify the other side of an argument makes yours stronger. It also makes you more empathetic.
8. You must stand up for what you believe in: This is a fundamental lesson from my father. He lives by it. It is why he serves: To literally make the world a better place.
9. Very Good! ‘A’ Minus: This was his way of saying that I did well, but also jokingly reminding me that there is always room for improvement.
10. Daddy loves baby: He has said this to me all my life. A reminder that he loves me, yes, but also that I will always be his little girl.
10-year-old girl, Kheris Rodgers, experienced constant bullying at school because of her skin tone and that affected her but only for a while.
In a bid to boost her confidence, her sister, Taylor Pollard posted pictures of her on social media which went viral with several positive comments about her skin color, hair and people sharing their bullying experience with her.
Kheris got inspired by the positive words and after seeing other chocolate girls like Lupita Nyong’o, she decided to create her own fashion line FlexinInMyComplexion which features T-shirts in different shades.
The brand is aimed at helping other girls around the world facing the same thing embrace their skin colour and also help build their confidence.