Back in 2008, before Lupita Nyong’o attended the Yale School of Drama, she starred in “Shuga.” Shuga was a Viacom production aired on MTV Kenya. Check out the first full episode of Shuga set in Kenya’s capital of Nairobi.
Nyong’o plays Ayira, a waitress hustling to rise up the social ladder — and we do mean hustling. The series was part of MTV Kenya’s Staying Alive Ignite! initiative, a series of shows and announcements that tried to take sex in the age of the African AIDS crisis seriously. Here, Nyong’o’s character flirts with whomever she wants, whenever she wants, using her brains and beauty to create a better life for herself. The character verges on unsympathetic, which is thrilling to watch
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National Geographic January 1995 Kenneth Garrett
Lupita Nyong’o forthe March issue of ESSENCE Magazine. In the 4-page spread entitled, “Lupita Shines”, the actress shared her feelings about her major award nominations and how she’s dealing with the brightness of the spotlight.
Want to know her beauty regimen? The stunner keeps things as simple and natural as possible.
“She moisturizes with argan oil, pomegranate oil and kukui oil from Hawaii interchangeably[,] and removes her makeup with avocado oil. Should she ever break out – which is rare – she spot-treats with a fresh garlic clove. “My mother instilled in me that nature knows best,” she says.”
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Joan Smalls & Jourdan Dunn for W Magazine, February 2014.
Photographed by: Patrick Demarchelier
If the dictum of good writing is “write what you know,” what do women and people of color know? What dreams and nightmares do they have? What are their battles and fantasies? What stories aren’t we hearing from them?
Original Caption: Lady Day slaying your faves, as usual, in an appearance at the L’Olympia in Paris, c. 1958