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Lupita Nyong’o Brings The #BlackPantherChallenge To Her Hometown In Kenya

Just when you thought you couldn’t possibly love Lupita Nyong’o more than you already do, the Mexican-Kenyan actress finds a way to melt your heart once more.

On Wednesday, the megastar announced that she participated in the #BlackPantherChallenge, a campaign raising money to bring low-income children around the country to the theaters to watch the record-breaking hit. Nyong’o brought the challenge to her hometown of Kisumu, Kenya, where she paid for 600 children to watch the movie.

“I wanted kids from my hometown to see the positive images reflected in the film and superheroes that they can relate to on the big screen,” the 34-year-old, who had help from her mom organizing the screening, said in a post on Instagram.

And, as she thought, the day was powerful for children attendees. In a video, one of the girls who watched the film discussed what she took away from “Black Panther.”

“Being a leader, there’s so many challenges you have to face, but you should never give up. Always keep on trying. … It’s a matter of people coming together to walk as a team to achieve and to build our nation,” she said, before thanking Nyong’o for paying to screen the movie in Kisuma and expressing her pride in the actress.

Nyong’o is encouraging others to start the #BlackPantherChallenge in their own towns.

“No matter where you live, you can help make this happen for more children who can’t afford to see the movie,” she wrote.

With $426 million at the worldwide box office, “Black Panther” has topped the lifetime gross of all superhero films.

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Black Panther’s’ Lupita Nyong’o Delivered A Powerful Speech About DREAMErs At Last Night’s Oscars

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Black Panther’s’ Lupita Nyong’o Delivered A Powerful Speech About DREAMErs At Last Night’s Oscars

Advocating for social change has never been more center stage than at this year’s award season. Over the course of two months, fans of the biggest red carpet events in entertainment have watched as stars dressed in black, wore Times Up pins, and delivered speeches that have rallied for representation on screen and opposition to the NRA.

Last night’s Oscars were no different with the help of actress Lupita Nyong’o. Her speech during the awards show celebrated the young immigrants whose futures hinge on the government’s renewal of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy.

Nyong’ joined actor Kumail Nanjiani on stage to present an award but not before addressing how both had fought the odds to pursue their acting dreams.

Before announcing the nominees for Best Production Design, the Oscar-winning actress and Oscar-nominated actor spoke of an issue deeply woven into their Hollywood success stories.

“Good evening, we are the two actors you keep hearing about, but whose names you have trouble pronouncing,” Nyong’o joked before announcing the nominees for achievement in production design.

“Like everyone in this room and everyone watching at home, we are dreamers,” the Mexican-born Kenyan explained before outlining the country’s basic ethos which abides by a person’s right to pursue life, liberty, and happiness. “We grew up dreaming of one day working in the movies. Dreams are the foundation of Hollywood, and dreams are the foundation of America.”

Nanjiani wrapped up their speech by adding “So to all the Dreamers out there, we stand with you.”

So far, Twitter is in agreement that Lupita and her speech were the real winners of the night.

Seriously, the 2019 Oscars better have an award for best social advocate ready.

And they better be ready to hand it over to Lupita, because…

She did not come to play.

Nyong’os speech which never directly pressed the political issue of immigration directly, was a reminder that a person’s ability to pursue their dreams and livelihood should not be considered a partisan issue. She, alongside a lineup of influential Latinas who also presented, proved that the entertainment industry is heading towards an age where the embrace and celebration of diversity is standard.


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The ‘Black Panther’ Premiere Was A Royal Event, And It Made A Powerful Statement

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The ‘Black Panther’ Premiere Was A Royal Event, And It Made A Powerful Statement

Last night, the highly anticipated Marvel film “Black Panther” held its premiere in Hollywood and holy shit it was glorious!

The Dolby Theater was transformed into the fictional nation of Wakanda, with attendees stunning on the purple carpet wearing jaw-dropping outfits that hit the “royal attire requested” dress code to a tee.

And when I say jaw-dropping, I mean my jaw unhinged itself from my skull and landed straight onto my sneakers, fucking up my contour but I don’t even care. I audibly gasped seeing the photos from the premiere. It hurt my chest, it was so gorgeous.

Gowns and suits worn by the likes of Lupita Nyong’o, Tessa Thompson, Janelle Monae, Donald Glover, and Michael B. Jordan beautifully paid honor to traditional African garb. It was Zamunda Wakanda Afropunk perfection!

Not only that, the premiere, and the film itself, was a powerful reminder that representation is vital, as is celebrating Black excellence, beauty, and culture. Knowing black and brown children will see these photos and the film, and see themselves on screen as heroes, fills my heart with joy.

Here are some of the photos from the premiere. Try not to break into tears. I already failed.

Lupita Nyong’o walked the carpet in a purple Versace gown that was the epitome of crown.

Lupita is a goddess forever ? The world is lucky to have her.

Tessa Thompson donned black full-coverage lace that packed a royal punch.

H to T, this was a wow!

Donald Glover’s bright orange suit was a bold statement.

#ChildishGambino at the #BlackPanther premiere in Hollywood

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And I very much approve of that message. Way to rock a LOOK, and right after winning a Grammy!

“Black Panther” director Ryan Coogler and star Michael B. Jordan standing tall like true Wakandan kings in black tuxedos is all I need to get by.

Aaaaand right click + save to desktop.

If you’re wondering what Tina Turner would have worn in the ’70s had she been the funk queen of Wakanda, look no further than Angela Bassett.

I’m staring at this outfit and at Angela in all her preserved-in-time glory, and I’m for real waiting to exhale.

Fans have been geeking non-stop about the premiere!

And apparently the movie itself is living up to all the hype.

Even if it runs a bit long, it’s nothing I can’t handle. I’ve trained for this my whole damn life.

But really, the premiere and the film means so much more!

I can’t wait!

“Black Panther” hits theaters on Feb. 16. Advance tickets have been selling like crazy so get yours soon!


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