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“Shaving my hair as a teen was scary but lo liberating” – Lupita Nyong’o

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Lupita Amondi Nyong'o is a Kenyan-Mexican actress

Lupita Nyong’o is Allure’s latest cover girl!
The Kenyan-Mexican actress tie-up with Vernon François, a hairstylist, for Allure’s “Culture of Hair” March 2018 issue. Lupita talks about her relationship with her hair over the years and recalls shaving it off when she was a teenager.

“Well, I didn’t love my hair when I was a child,” Lupita tells the magazine. “It was lighter than my skin, which made me not love it so much. I was really kind of envious of girls with thicker, longer, more lush hair. In my tween years, I started begging my mother to have my hair relaxed.”
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Lupita says her mom wouldn’t allow it, explaining that she thought it was a decision she should make when she was around 18.

“Around 13 or 14, I had such a rough time with being teased and feeling really unpretty. My dad intervened and spoke to my mom about my hair, and she finally agreed,” Lupita tells Allure. “She took me to the salon in the middle of the school day, and I got my hair relaxed. I felt so much better because it was easier to tame. All the girls in my class had their hair relaxed. Very few had a natural kink, so I felt a lot more acceptable.”
Lupita decided to shave her head in her teen years.

“When I was about 18 or 19, I didn’t have a job or anything, so it was really my parents paying for my hair,” she shares. “So I was once asking for some more money to get my hair done and my dad joked, ‘Why don’t you just cut it all off?’ And a few months later, I thought to myself, Why don’t I? I went to the hair salon, and I said, ‘Let’s cut it off.’ It was almost a dare to myself: Can I live without hair? He shaved it right off. It was so scary but so liberating because I went completely bald.”

Lupita stars in the latest Marvel movie, Black Panther, which hits theaters on Friday, February 16. she recalls first being approached to be in the film and knowing it would be a “history-making” movie.

She tells Allure, “When [director] Ryan [Coogler] approached me to be in it, he walked me through what he was thinking the story would be about. I remember him finishing his spiel and me being like, ‘And this is a Marvel movie?’ And him being like, ‘Yeah.’ And I was like, ‘And they said you could make this? Have they green-lighted this idea of yours?’ And he was like, ‘Yeah, I can’t believe it.’ And I was like, ‘Whoa, that is next level.'”

“On set, it was just such an inspirational experience because so much thought was put into this film, and every single aspect of it was rich and beautiful and just arresting, actually. To see this aspirational African world that actually becomes an example for the whole wide world was spellbinding. We were all very much aware that we were in something extremely special.” Lupita further said.

To see more from Lupita’s interview, pick up a copy of Allure, on national newsstands on February 20.

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Where’s the money for Grenfell? – British artist questions Theresa May

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British PM Theresa May has been held accountable after a British artist, Stormzy rapped on stage about the government’s failure to provide support to the victims of the Grenfell Tower fire.

During the 2018 Brit music awards on Wednesday, Stormzy rapped the 40-second verse that has won him praise. Number 10 defended its record over the deadly London blaze in June 2017, in which at least 71 people died.

“Yo, Theresa May where’s the money for Grenfell? What, you thought we just forgot about Grenfell? You criminals and you got the cheek to call us savages? You should do some jail time, you should pay some damages. You should burn your house down and see if you can manage this.” Stormzy said in the lyrics.

I think the PM has been very clear that Grenfell was an unimaginable tragedy that should never have happened and should never be allowed to happen again.” A response by a spokesman for the Prime Minister.

The spokesman admitted May had not watched the performance by Stormzy, who won the award for Best Male Solo Artist at the ceremony.

The government, he said, had allotted $82m for victims of the disaster.

However, the Conservative-led administration has been accused of failing the victims, many of whom remain without permanent housing.

An online petition, calling on PM May to build public trust in the Grenfell Tower inquiry, has gathered almost 30,000 signatures.

“Bereaved families and survivors call on [the prime minister] to exercise her powers under the Inquiries Act 2005 to appoint additional panel members, with decision-making power, to sit alongside the chair in the Grenfell Tower Inquiry: to ensure those affected have confidence in and are willing to fully participate,” the petition reads.

 

‘National treasure’
The clip of Stormzy’s rap has been viewed more than 1.5 million times on social media, with many praising the artist as a “national treasure”.

Later in the rap, 24-year-old Stormzy targeted Britain’s right-wing Daily Mail news for negative rhetoric against minorities and praised recent successes of black figures in popular cultures, such as the model Jourdan Dunn and actor Daniel Kaluuya.

Jeremy Corbyn, the leader of the main opposition Labour Party, was among those who had praised the artist’s performance, writing on Twitter: “Congratulations @Stormzy1 for winning your first #BRIT award, and what a powerful performance. #Grenfell.”

Editor Elizabeth Pears tweeted: “Stormzy brought religion, politics, and road to the #BRITs Backed it for Grenfell, gave a shout out to Daniel Kaluuya & Jourdan Dunn, sang in the rain, and didn’t get muted once. He’s a legit national treasure.”

Liam Young, an author, took to the social media site to describe Stormzy as “an activist”.

Jourdann Dunn, the model Stormzy praised in his lyric, wrote on Twitter: “Stormzy for Prime Minister.”

Akala, a rapper, and activist showed solidarity with Stormzy, writing: “A ‘pop star’ from the hood got on national TV at the peak of his career and called the PM a criminal. Bro we got you, differently.”

On June 14, 2017, a fire ripped through Grenfell Tower, an apartment block in west London, claiming the lives of scores of residents.

Victims ranged in ages from a stillborn baby to an 84-year-old woman.

Most residents were from lower-income backgrounds and their flats were subsidized by the council in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea – a wealthy, but a deeply divided area.

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The BeeHive is upset over this clone of Brittany Spears!!

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So there’s a saying…. If you can’t do something right…. You just read a book, take a hike or just go home. There’s a wax museum near the beautiful Niagara Falls and here’s what her fans have to say about it!


 

There’s definitely some mixed feelings on this one. Hit us up in the comments and let us know what you feel about this one!

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Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein faces the New York court over sexual misconduct

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Harvey Weinstein

Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, faces the New York court over sexual misconduct. The New York’s attorney general has filed a lawsuit against Weinstein, his brother, and his former company, asserting that their film studio failed to protect its employees against its co-founder.

The famous Hollywood producer was dismissed from The Weinstein Company in October 2017, when more than 70 women allegedly accused him of sexual harassment. He, however, denied all allegations levelled against him as a rapist before the court.

Dozens of women in the film industry accused Weinstein of sexual misconduct and Eric Schneiderman began investigations into the veracity of the matter. He, therefore, brought the case before the New York’s Court on Sunday, after conducting further investigations into the rape cases.

When this issue arose, The New York Times and The New Yorker were the first to publish incriminating stories about the alleged sexual malfeasance in October 2017.

Outstanding actors like Gwyneth Paltrow, Angelina Jolie, and Mira Sorvino also came forward to accuse Harvey Weinstein of his abusive behaviors.

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“To work for Harvey Weinstein was to work under a persistent barrage of gender-based obscenities, vulgar name-calling, sexualised interactions, threats of violence, and a workplace general hostile to women,” the lawsuit, submitted in the State Supreme Court in Manhattan, read.

The New York’s attorney general also accused Robert, Weinstein’s yonger brother of failing to report him (Weinstein) for gross sexual misconduct, even though he knows the activities of the producer.

The company and co-owner Robert “are liable because they were aware of and acquiesced in repeated and persistent unlawful conduct, by failing to investigate or stop it”, the lawsuit said.

Al Jazeera’s Mike Hanna, reporting from Washington, DC, said the lawsuit “makes very clear that there were layers within The Weinstein Company that were well aware of the activities of the principal shareholder and, in fact, empowered him in his activities”.

In response, the company’s board of directors expressed its “disappointment” at the lawsuit and dismissed the claims.

“Many of the allegations relating to the board are inaccurate, and the board looks forward to bringing the facts to light as part of its ongoing commitment to resolve this difficult situation in the most appropriate way,” it said in a statement to Deadspin.

SOURCE: AL JAZEERA.

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