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Lupita Nyong’o is a bright and shining star and will never be anything short of that, regardless of what critics might say.

The 12 Years a Slave star is featured in Vogue‘s October issue and opens up about Hollywood and for herself personally, being shut down because of the complexion of her skin.

Mario Testino

Mario Testino

The Vogue cover girl revealed to the mag that one agent said her career would last only “two-and-half, three years.” The critic then and slapped the star with this question: “Would Beyoncé be who she is if she didn’t look like she does? Being lighter-skinned, more people can look at [Beyoncé’s] image and see themselves in her.”


The Kenyan actress, who went to her native town to shoot for Vogue, explained, “I have to deafen my ears to that Christian lady. She is looking at me as part of the cultural tapestry. I am living and breathing. That person is not considering what I had for breakfast, how that is sitting in my stomach, and why I didn’t do well with that audition.”

Mario Testino

Mario Testino

The 33-year-old, who rose to fame after her role in the Steve McQueen-directed drama, shared, “I cannot run away from who I am and my complexion or the larger society and how they may view that.”

For Nyong’o, this is something that needs to change, and it’s now about changing people’s outlooks and creating opportunity for women of color like herself. “There are certain cards that have been dealt me that I take on,” Lupita told the fashion publication. “I want to create opportunities for other people of color because I’m fortunate enough to have a platform to do that. That is why [my characters in] Eclipsed and even Queen of Katwe are so important, to change the narrative, offer a new lens on African identity.”

Mario Testino

Mario Testino

Lupita’s new film, Queen of Katwe is out now.

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  1. PB

    September 16, 2016 at 3:39 PM

    Lupita is stunningly beautiful and talented. That agent, who probably has melanin envy, is somewhere eating his words.

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CodeBlack Could Redeem Itself With New Omar Epps, Paula Patton Flick



No shade to CodeBlack Films, but it’s last flick, All Eyes On Me, was kind of a disaster. From the poor ratings and reviews, to stars like Jada Pinkett Smith and 50 Cent slamming the film, folks just weren’t feeling it.

But that may all change with their new movie Traffik. The action-packed thriller slated for theaters April 27, 2018 stars Omar Epps, Paula Patton and Laz Alonso, and it looks pretty darn good.

Peep the trailer below.

In the film, Brea (Paula Patton) and John (Omar Epps) are off for a romantic weekend in the mountains. Isolated at a remote estate, the couple are surprised by the arrival of two friends, another couple, Darren (Laz Alonso) and Malia (Roselyn Sanchez). Just when the weekend starts to get back on track, a violent biker gang turns up and begins to torment them. The foursome are forced to fight for their lives against a gang who will stop at nothing to protect their secrets.

The film is written and directed by Deon Taylor. Patton is also a producer.

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