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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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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.

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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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Kenyan-Mexican Actress Lupita Nyong’o, Releases Personal And Disturbing Information About Harvey Weinstein

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Kenyan-Mexican Actress Lupita Nyong’o, Releases Personal And Disturbing Information About Harvey Weinstein

Although Oscar-winning actress, Lupita Nyong’o, is seen on the big screen and has opened up on stage about her personal life, there is something she has kept private for a few years, until now.

Here is a break down of the personal and disturbing information Nyong’o writes in the New York Times

After learning about the disturbing encounters multiple women have had with former film studio executive, Harvey Weinstein, Nyong’o could no longer stay silent.

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Nyong’o met Weinstein in 2011 at an awards ceremony. He was introduced to her as “the most powerful producer in Hollywood.” In hopes of working with Weinstein in the future, Nyong’o, then a drama student hoping to make it in Hollywood someday, exchanged contact information with him.

Soon after their first encounter, Weinstein sent an invitation to Nyong’o for lunch and a movie screening at his home with his family.

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As soon as they arrived to the restaurant for lunch, Weinstein ordered a vodka and diet soda. Nyong’o ordered a juice, which Weinstein did not like, so he told the waiter to bring her a vodka and diet soda instead. Nyong’o declined and asked the waiter to bring her a juice, as she had requested. Being very “pushy and idiosyncratic,” Weinstein kept insisting for the waiter to bring Nyong’o a vodka and diet soda. Although the waiter followed Weinstein’s orders and brought Nyong’o the alcoholic drink, she didn’t take even a sip. After asking why she wouldn’t drink it, Nyong’o responded, “Because I don’t like vodka and I don’t like diet soda, and I don’t like them together.” Weinstein smiled at her response and said to her, “You are going to drink that.” Although he kept insisting, Nyong’o smiled and told Weinstein once again, that she wouldn’t be drinking it.

After lunch, Nyong’o and Weinstein headed over to his house for the screening, where Nyong’o was put in an even more uncomfortable and dangerous situation.

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Nyong’o joined some of Weinstein’s family and friends in his screening room to watch a film, but 15 minutes into the movie Weinstein asked Nyong’o to step out because he wanted to show her something. Even though Nyong’o told Weinstein that she wanted to stay to continue watching the film, he kept insisting. For the sake of not causing a scene in front of his family, Nyong’o left with Weinstein. He led Nyong’o into his bedroom and told her that he wanted to give her a massage. Nyong’o immediately felt nervous and uncomfortable, so she thought quickly on her feet and offered to give Weinstein a massage instead. This way, Nyong’o would be able to control the situation and keep an eye on his hands.

As Weinstein removed his shirt and laid down for his massage, Nyong’o tried to rationalize the situation, thinking about how her drama classes at Yale included body work and massage techniques. Then Weinstein announced that he wanted to take off his pants. Nyong’o told him not to, but he got up to do so anyway. That was her cue to get out of the room immediately.

Time passed and Nyong’o had her third encounter with Weinstein.

He sent her an invitation to attend a staged reading of one of his new Broadway shows, and even said she could bring two friends. Nyong’o and her friends went to the reading and had dinner with Weinstein after. Weinstein sat Nyong’o next to him and sat her friends at a separate table. The entire time, Weinstein remained charming and respectful. After this encounter, Nyong’o admits she had developed a different impression of him. “I left feeling that perhaps he had learned my boundaries and was going to respect them,” she writes.

A few months later, Nyong’o was invited by Weinstein to a film screening in New York. It was at this point that she decided to never work with him no matter how great the opportunity could be for her career.

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Because Weinstein had been so charming during their third encounter, Nyong’o felt more comfortable accepting this invitation by herself. After the screening, the plan was to get food and drinks. Nyong’o thought it would be a group of people going to dinner, but she soon realized she was alone with Weinstein. They arrived at the restaurant, and before the food arrived Weinstein says, “Let’s cut to the chase. I have a private room upstairs where we can have the rest of our meal.”

Nyong’o was in shock. She told Weinstein that she preferred to eat at the restaurant. He told her to stop being so naïve, that this was the type of thing you have to do in order to get ahead in the business. Nyong’o declined his offer again and he said, “You have no idea what you are passing up.” To this Nyong’o responded, “With all due respect, I would not be able to sleep at night if I did what you are asking, so I must pass.”

After winning an Academy Award in 2014, Nyong’o received an offer to play a role in one of the Weinstein Company’s films. She declined.

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Nyong’o and her agent met with Weinstein in person to discuss the role. And of course, Weinstein behaved extremely pushy. However, no matter how much Weinstein insisted, Nyong’o declined his offer. That was her very last encounter with the producer.

Even though revisiting these memories has been upsetting and disturbing for Nyong’o, she refuses to stay quiet.

CREDIT: LUPITA NYONG’O / AFROPUNK / FACEBOOK

Rather than keeping silent about sexual assault, Nyong’o encourages women to speak their truth. She writes: “Though we may have endured powerlessness at the hands of Harvey Weinstein, by speaking up, speaking out and speaking together, we regain that power. And we hopefully ensure that this kind of rampant predatory behavior as an accepted feature of our industry dies here and now.”

Since the release of the New York Times piece, Weinstein has come forward to deny Nyong’o’s claims. In a statement released to E! News by one of his representatives, Weinstein says to have “a different recollection of the events, but believes Lupita is a brilliant actress and a major force for the industry.” The Weinstein rep even claims Nyong’o invited him to see her on Broadway last year. She has yet to respond to this statement.

Although there have been several statements released from over 40 accusers, Nyong’o is the only woman so far who has been singled out by Weinstein. She is also the only black woman so far to have released a statement about Weinstein’s behavior. And it’s this correlation that’s making people on the internet question Weinstein’s response.


If you or someone you know needs help reporting or figuring out your next steps after a sexual assault, you can call the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1-800-656-4673.


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