You gotta love Lupita Nyong’o. She’s beautiful, intelligent, sassy, down-to-earth… as in that kinda girl you’d love to be. But don’t be her, emulate her.
She’s known for her indie film “In My Genes” that tackled the less discussed issues about albinism, and was lead character in the MTV Staying Alive AIDS campaign “Shuga I”. She’s a great actress (or actor, if you’re American!) and recently appeared as a feature actress at the acclaimed film “12 Years A Slave”.
In her interview with Vanity Fair Magazine, it was said:
It has been a whirlwind year for the Kenyan actress. After filming 12 Years a Slave shortly after her graduation from Yale’s School of Drama, Nyong’o barely had time to decompress from the psychologically draining experience before moving all of her worldly possessions to Brooklyn. “I had no time to just chill,” she explained. She said that her only way of unwinding from Patsey during this hectic time was the occasional massage, plus “meditation, listening to music, and eating good food.” While other acting peers might be jealous of a classmate who is getting Oscar buzz a year after graduation, Nyong’o says that her classmates “are thrilled” for her. “I come from a very close class. I lucked out because drama schools are often very competitive . . . I have fourteen classmates.” She admitted that while she’s trying to keep her hopes tempered, they would be upset if she does not get any nominations come winter.
I am so happy for her, and also happy for Kenya for having her on the set.
Another great Kenyan actor is Edi Gathegi, the guy who acted in Twilight as the leader of the bad guys. Remember him?
- Lupita Nyong’o Drums Up Oscar Buzz and Rumors of Possible ‘Vogue’ Cover (atlantablackstar.com)
- Ten Things to Know About Lupita Nyong’o (bet.com)
- Lupita Nyong’o Loves That Everyone Is “Digging Her Style” (clutchmagonline.com)
- Lupita Nyong’o on “12 Years a Slave” (wnyc.org)
- Celebrity Style Watch: Lupita Nyong’o (patranila.blogspot.com)
- 12 Years a Slave star Lupita Nyong’o, who made a documentary about albinism in Kenya: [People with a (jezebel.com)
- Lupita Nyong’o adjusts to attention from ’12 Years a Slave’ role (latimes.com)
In cooperation with the Gay Kenya Trust, the Goethe-Institut Nairobi organises again this years OUT FILM FESTIVAL.The third edition of this festival promises to be as entertaining as the previous editions.
The film festival not only wants to celebrate queer cinema, but to make known to Kenya that a community that the general society deems secret exists. The festival promises a selection of films and documentaries from the region, continent and globe. The OUT FILM FESTIVAL is about celebrating life’s challenges, love and diversity. Among others, there will be a screening of an American documentary dealing with sexuality and mental health among African-American men.
Following movies will be shown:
Dr. Finn Jeffries plays a new stepmother to her deceased lover’s daughter Zelly. She also took over her lover’s abortion clinic that is being protested by increasingly violent “pro-lifers”. The movie covers, teenage angst, death threats, abortion issues and love. All in all, interesting drama. (Time: 88 minutes)
New Year’ Eve
Living the life that many dream about, Baraza is an accomplished man and while his sons and dutiful wife adore him, he can’t help but feel trapped in hopeless despair. For years Baraza’s struggled with a dark secret identity that he must reveal tonight. However, when his son Terence announces that he’s about to be a father and needs Baraza’s help and guidance, Baraza must find the courage to come out clean. ‘New Years Eve’ is a story of truth, freedom and the ultimate price of both. (Time: 10 minutes)
(Courtesy of Commonwealth Writer’s Prize)
O Pacote (The Package)
At a new school Leandro and Jefferson form an instant attachment and soon realise that theirs is no ordinary friendship. But young Jeff has something to tell. If they want to be together there’s one irreversible thing Leandro must deal with. Something that is a part of the package. (Time: 18 minutes)
Two views on sexual diversity collide in this groundbreaking film based on ideas written by young Africans. On questions of tolerance vs. condemnation, understanding vs. prejudice, and love vs. hatred, where do YOU stand? This film was produced by Global Dialogues (Time: 7 minutes)
(Courtesy of Global Dialogues/Hivos)
A Girl Like Me
Based on a true story. As a young boy, Eddie Araujo always felt different somehow. She started putting on her mom’s makeup and wearing her mom’s clothes, which her mom found odd. By the time she entered her teen years, Eddie could no longer hide the fact that she was a lot different, that she was meant to be female and not male. When she finally accepted it and with her mom’s eventual support, Eddie changed her name to Gwen and started to live life as female until a tragic night changed everything. (Time: 88 minutes)
Anders als die Anderen /Different from the Others
One of the first gay-themed films in the history of cinema, Anders als die Andern / Different from the Others was banned at the time of its release, later burned by the Nazis and was believed lost for more than forty years. Using recently discovered film segments, still photos and censorship documents from different archives, Filmmuseum Muenchen has resurrected this truly groundbreaking silent film. (Time: 51 minutes)
You Are Not Alone
A documentary examining many underlying psycho-social factors causing depression in Black gay men: struggles with sexual orientation and identity; being sexually abused by an older adult family member/relative/familiar or authority figure; pastors and imams declaring that a gay man is an abomination and encouraging ostracism from families and communities; low self-esteem, setting out to contract HIV as a form of suicide with the ensuing stigma and discrimination accompanying the diagnosis; and for many aging Black gay men, struggles with loneliness, isolation and abandonment, including desperation for affection, intimacy and sex. (Time: 65 minutes)
Ehe.. ati people went around saying how Sauti Sol are gay… and I was like, huh? So what? What does their music have to do with who they sleep with? Who cares if they’re gay or not? Does that in any way make their music any less interesting? SMH!
I like the statement they released though!
We were not interviewed or quoted by any of those blogs trying to drag our name in ridiculous and outrageous gossip stories. That viral information is wrong and defamatory and we will be taking legal action against the bloggers responsible. We also wish to distance ourselves from all that false information they claim. The band members of Sauti Sol would all like to keep our personal private lives including that of our family and friends private and respected. We also shun the online vile attack mislead on gay people. We do not advocate for such behavior and respect all people, regardless of sex or their sexual preferences. We wish to discourage our fans and everyone from participating in such a Trending Topic moving forward and urge Kenyans to stay away from cyber bullying.
Key words: “online vile attack on gay people” “respect all people, regardless of sex or their sexual preferences” “stay away from cyber bullying”.
It is unfortunate that there are still some characters who feel it best to make it look like being gay is a bad thing and hence, calling anyone “gay” renders their name and credibility to the mud. Popycock! So what if someone is gay? So what if they’re lesbian? Or bisexual? Or trans? So what? It doesn’t render them incapable of cooking, or singing, or dancing, or being a human being!
- Sauti Sol Threatens To Sue Blog For Calling Them Gay (ghafla.co.ke)
- Sauti Sol Denies Gay Rumors (niaje.com)
- Sauti Sol: We are NOT GAY and We Will Sue Blogger (nairobiwire.com)
- PHOTO – Sauti Sol Trolled Badly…Nyuma Iko Sawa (nairobiwire.com)