Lupita Nyong'o CHATS it up with ELLE UK
She's been on the Star Wars promo trail for a few weeks now, and she's been opening up like never before. The Mexican-born Kenyan beauty nabbed yet another winter cover. This time, it's for ELLE UK.
The upcoming Jungle Book and Broadway star has been busy working on her now completed Eclipsed production off Broadway, now, she's ready to be front and center again to promote her newest film Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
In the new issue of ELLE UK, Lupita gets real about why it's so important to have diversity on screen and how a lack of diversity affects the subconscious minds of children who don't necessarily fit the Western standard of beauty. She also revealed how being marveled at simply because of her complexion created insecurities she has lived with since she was a little girl.
Here are the highlights:
Lupita on Star Wars:
‘The opportunity to play a CGI character for me was the opportunity to not be limited by my physical circumstances. I could experience being bigger or smaller, something totally different to who I am. And of course it’s in a galaxy far, far away.’
Lupita on diversity:
‘If you turn on the television and you are not represented on that television, you become invisible to yourself. And there was very little of myself that I saw on TV, or in the movies that I was watching, or in magazines that were lying around the salons or around the house. And so these are subconscious things. Yes, Western beauty standards are things that affect the entire world. And then what happens? You’re in a society that doesn’t value darker skin.’
Lupita on insecurities:
‘[Living in Mexico as a child] people would stop and take pictures of us just because we were black. And it was a time during that tricky adolescent phase when you’re coming into yourself and you’re trying to pave your own way but you’re insecure about where you lie. It devastated me.’
Lupita on fame:
‘I don't think being conspicuous is a state we’re supposed to live in, or at least not permanently. I wish there was a dial we could turn up and down. And in a sense I can, by making very deliberate choices about what I do and when and how, and with whom.’
Get Lupita's full cover story -- styled by Anne Marie Curtis, and shot by Kai Z Feng -- in the new issue on stands now.
The Housewives Battle! RHOBH vs RHOA: Housewives Paid Nearly $10K for Endorsements?
RHOA Boat Gate returns next Sunday to BravoTV, while RHOBH returned Tuesday with its series premiere. Lisa Rinna famously opened up last season about her willingness to a Depends commercial. But right after Boat Gate on RHOA last Sunday, the women of the ALT were all posting about, not boating, but bloating. An insider, however, according to our friends at LALATE that IG endorsement deals for Housewives can run upwards of ten thousand dollars per gig.
What will a housewife do for an endorsement? Rinna told news outlets last season that she did her Depends commercial (before RHOBH) because all the proceeds went to charity. The total compensation was a massive $225,000. Rinna did the campaign years earlier while on Days of our Lives. “I did it for Charity,” Lisa said at the time. “They donated $225,000 to Dress for Success if I tried them on in the commercial. That’s why I did it. Plus, I loved their campaign.”
But on Sunday, the woman of RHOA proved that they will tweet about even bloating after boating, if the endorsement deal is good. Kenya Moore, Phaedra Parks, and Porsha Williams all were IG’ng on Cyber Monday their endorsement deals. Moore told news “I was feeling pretty good on the flattummytea detox until Thanksgiving came along. I’m back on it now though! A lot of you have asked me how the Flat Tummy Tea detox has been going and to be honest, it’s getting rid of all my bloating and my energy is more consistent. It’s making a real difference and I’ve been feeling great lately!”
Phaedra said much the same. “Kicking off the holiday season and enjoying my fittea!” But the Southern Bell added some spots to her endorsement not to make the deal appear so obvious. “Also congrats to my alma mater UGA for a great win this weekend against #GeorgiaTech!” Finally Miss Porsha got into the endorsement game as well. “I’m living for FitTea its helping me stay healthy this holiday season. I love the way it makes me feel.”
While no one have not seen the latest endorsement deals, an insider says that these endorsement deals for Housewives, which generally are for health and beauty, and especially fragrance, shampoo, and skincare, can compensate a star five to ten thousand dollars just for 1-2 days worth of IG posts.
Well Looky Looky: NY Giants Player Landon Collins Nude Pics have been EXPOSED!
They’ve did it, AGAIN! These NFL players are always taking naked pics and sending them out and those girls usually end up posting them to the internet. Well Ladies et al, You know the deal and just THANK ME LATER..LOL
Tank Apologizes for Reading Tyrese ON SOCIAL MEDIA!
Last year R&B supergroup Tank Ginuwine and Tyrese [TGT] crashed and burned after the trio stopped getting along. Apparently there's still some hard feelings there…
It all started after Tyrese issued a challenge to every R&B singer to release an all R&B album with no rap features
That's when Tank showed up in the comment section accusing Tyrese of being full of himself.
Last night Tank had a change of heart and apologized.
New Batman v Superman TRAILER RELEASED features Doomsday, Lex Luthor, and Wonder Woman in action!
Superman unmasks Batman in new sneak peek from 'Dawn of Justice'
“Maybe it’s the Gotham City in me, we just have a bad history with freaks dressed like clowns,” Bruce Wayne tells Clark Kent early in the new trailer for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Ouch. Batman might not have heat-ray vision, but that definitely qualifies as a burn.
The trailer debuted on Wednesday’s Jimmy Kimmel Live! in which the comedian interviewed star Ben Affleck, who brought along the latest ad for Zack Snyder’s championship fight between comics’ two most famous men in tights, or, as Jesse Eisenberg’s Lex Luthor sells it, “The greatest gladiator match in the history of the world.”
The third time’s a charm, as the newest spot reveals more than ever of the Man of Steel sequel’s various plot elements, the most prominent of which being the appearance of an apocalyptic, gray monstrosity that looks a whole lot like Doomsday, the extremely powerful killing machine best known for as the individual responsible for Superman’s “death” in the comics. (Based on the trailer, he’s presumably created by Luthor using a little Zod juice and a lot of trial and error.)
The new trailer also features the most we’ve seen so far of Eisenberg’s giddy, Millennial-billionaire take on the classic, follicly challenged villain, along with a final image that gets us halfway to a Justice League, as the two caped heroes put aside their ideological differences and join forces with Wonder Woman to take on the new threat.
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice crashes into theaters on March 25, presumably with little regard for collateral damage.
Patti LaBelle and James Wright Chanel to Air a Holiday Cooking Special!
Well Tis The Season!
According to PEOPLE, the two have become close friends since James’ review of Patti LaBelle’s sweet potato pies went viral. We know James spent Thanksgiving at Patti’s house, but James and Patti also filmed a holiday television special set to air on the Cooking Channel.
“It’s one of those blessed stories,” LaBelle tells PEOPLE. “For his birthday, which is Thanksgiving, we were at my home. I invited him to dinner before I even met him.”
In fact, their first meeting was on the set of the show. “It was his first time seeing me, so when he came into the kitchen, he saw me and my back was turned. He came up behind me and he had on these beautiful leopard pants and a necklace,” the singer says. “We just had a love moment.”
And now, LaBelle sees herself not only as a mentor, but as a mother figure for Chanel. “He’s such a larger than life person himself; he’s like my new son. It’s just a blessing when people come into your life like this and you’re not expecting anything.”
It’s a sentiment that the YouTube star certainly echoes. “When she first called, it was like we’d known each other forever; we talked like we were best friends,” Chanel tells PEOPLE. “I told her, ‘I have to tell my mom that Patti is my new momma too.’ I said, ‘Patti, you my momma!’”
As for what we can expect from the special, the pair ensures that there will be sweet potato pie, as well as a variety of other pies. “He’s a great sous chef, I found out,” LaBelle says.
For Chanel, the whole experience has been life-changing. “For the past few weeks, my life has been planes and hotels,” he says.
“I’ve always tried to perform with [Patti]. When she does ‘Lady Marmalade’, she calls people on stage to sing. At all of the concerts I’ve been to I never got a chance to make it on stage. And now I’m gonna be on stage with her.”
Yes, you read that right — the two are also planning a concert performance together. “We’re going to perform in more ways than one. He can be my lead singer and I’ll be his background singer,” LaBelle says.
You can watch the pair together (and get the famous pie recipe) on Wednesday, Dec. 16 at 8:30 E.T. on the Cooking Channel.
We’ll be watching!
Mike Tyson Unveils His Wax Figure at Madame Tussauds
The city that never sleeps — Las Vegas — has granted Mike Tyson with his very own was figure. This week, Madame Tussaudes unveiled the figure at The Venetian Hotel.
The figure is based on his role in “The Hangover,” and is the newest addition to the “Hangover Experience” theme room at Madame Tussauds. The real life Tyson was joined at the unveiling by his wife and his two children.
Rihanna’s Puma Collection Set to Debut at 2016 NY Fashion Week
Rihanna and Puma Global Director of Brand and Marketing Adam Petrick
*Rihanna released her first collection of creepers for Puma back in September, and they sold out almost instantly. Are you surprised?
Recently, she reissued the shoe in different colors (such as: Peacoat/Cool Blue and Coral Cloud Pink), and styles for men for $120.
Nearly a year after signing on as Creative Director for Womenswear at Puma, the singer will reportedly debut her collection at New York Fashion Week in the fall of 2016.
As VIBE notes, Rihanna’s Clara Lionel Foundation announced the news, and will auction off one ticket to the fashion show. The package also includes backstage access, a flight to New York City, an invitation to the afterparty, and an autographed pair of PUMA’s Creepers footwear.
“It’s great to find a brand that celebrates strength and individuality,” she said in a statement about her PUMA partnership. “I couldn’t think of a more perfect partner to collaborate with as a creative director. I’m excited for you to see what Puma and I come up with.”
Meanwhile, it had previously been reported that Rihanna was going to release her “Anti” album on Nov. 27 – obviously that didn’t happen, yet YAHOO accidentally published a review of the album before they even heard it. Woops!
U.K.’s Independent reports how journalist Chris Riotta, who apparently wrote (and deleted) the article, has since tweeted a photo of Rihanna with a shrugging emoticon and the words “sh*t happens.”
As one Twitter user noted, “Yahoo’s prematurely published Rihanna record review is a masterpiece of post-modern non-journalism.”
Read more about it here.
Kelly Rowland and The Girls are out for The Alvin Ailey Season Premiere
Kelly Rowland was basking in the limelight on the red carpet at the Alvin Ailey Theatre opening gala in New York on Wednesday.
Mother-of-one Kelly was grinning like a Cheshire cat as the flashbulbs flared when she made her grand arrival at the star-studded event.
Kelly, 34, was looking great for her age in her white trouser suit, which she teamed with a pair of strappy high heels and a polo shirt.
And it seems the Work singer was able to enjoy a night away from her one-year-old son Titan, who she no doubt left in the care of her strapping husband Tim Witherspoon. Kelly recently spoke about how she is adjusting to life as a working mother.
She said: 'I don't want to go too far away from him. I'm kind of addicted to my son.
'But I have to work. I need to be able to pay for him! So, I have to get to work.
'My son came at the most beautiful time in my life and I just have to learn like every other mom how to balance because I'm still grasping that concept. It's a very hard concept. Nobody told me that!
But she was not the only big name who had turned out to see the dancers strutting their stuff on the dance floor at the esteemed establishment.
Actress and trained ballerina Ricki Lander showed off her fantastic physique in a black dress.
Can we just stop and take notice of popular transgender activist Janet Mock showed off her womanly curves in a clinging dress.
'Also in the house was Brandy, BET’s Debra Lee and Debra Martin Chase.
Ailey starts this weekend.
Get your tickets now!
Paris Jackson & Fiancé Ditch Hollywood For The Country!
The loved-up pair are becoming horse ranchers in Utah. Paris Jackson is ready to do some horsing around! Our friends over at RadarOnline.com has learned that Michael Jackson‘s daughter and her soccer player fiancé Chester Castellaw are leaving L.A., and they are on the hunt for a private horse ranch in Utah.
“Paris still aches for Utah,” where she recovered from her suicide attempt at an equine therapy center, “and she’s been talking about moving there all summer,” a family insider told Radar.
“She and Chester are desperate to get out of Calabasas because they’re never left alone and it’s hard for them to go anywhere,” continued the insider.
Running a ranch in Utah would be a dream come true for Jackson, who turns 18 in April. “She’s always wanted one and being able to ride every day is heaven for her,” said the insider.
As for 18-year-old Castellaw? “As long as they’re together he’d live on a space station for a year!” laughed the source. “Chester’s totally behind her on Utah.”
CeeLo Green and Sony Music Team Up To Develop R&B/Soul Talent
Grammy Award winning artist CeeLo Green has finalized a new label joint venture with Sony Music Entertainment to help discover, sign and develop top R&B / Soul talent for the global music group.
As a part of this new deal, CeeLo will open recording studios in both Atlanta and Las Vegas to work directly with the new artists that he signs to Mothership Entertainment Group, a name he chose to pay homage to his late mother and grandmother.
Fully funded by Sony Music, this new joint venture will be a creative A&R hub for Sony Music. Together, CeeLo and Sony will seek out numerous artists each year with the idea of CeeLo working closely with them to create “real, soulful music.” For additional support, Mothership will also be able to sign any of these artists to any of the labels within the Sony Music family.
“CeeLo Green is a tremendously successful songwriter, producer and artist who throughout his solo career and work with Goodie Mob and Gnarls Barkley has proven himself to be a gifted and versatile talent. We are delighted to welcome him back to the Sony Music family, and look forward to partnering with him to develop great new artists and music through our new relationship,” said Doug Morris, CEO, Sony Music Entertainment.
“The significance of the title MOTHERSHIP is in honor of my mother and grandmother, who were both mavericks in their respective fields, leaving me an inheritance of emotion, instinct, inner vision and industry. Music made for the sake of procreation can and does also serve as philanthropy, essentially enriching the quality of life of avid listeners. I am honored to stand beside, and in extension of Sony, with a keen sense of appreciation for this opportunity. I’m certain I can rise to the occasion. It will be my pleasure and duty,” said CeeLo.
Green recently released his new solo album HEART BLANCHE on November 6.
Rick Ross wants to Clear Up The Lil Wayne Shade for YOU!
Yesterday Rick Ross reheated Meek Mill's beef with Drake after dropping a new diss track called 'Color Money'
Rick would like to clear up one thing…
Rick Ross confirmed for The Breakfast Club when he said, "Got more money than the ni**a that you signed to," he was talking about Baby not Lil Wayne.
AND FINALLY FROM “THE CRAZY PEOPLE SHOPPING AT WALMART” FILES
Bud, don’t waste your money on jewelry. You’re so far deep into your mining anyway I’d bet you come out with some sort of decent diamond.
HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND EVERYBODY!!!!!!!!