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Oscar-winner Lupita Nyong’o’s first Vogue cover is here!

Hamish Bowles catches up with Hollywood’s newest golden girl for the July issue cover.

Photographed by Mikael Jansson




Hallelujah! (1929)

King Vidor’s Hallelujah! was one of the first major films with an all African American cast (The first being Hearts in Dixie released five months earlier). It was considered a risky move for MGM, yet Irving Thalberg supported Vidor’s vison of creating a film that depicted a non-stereotypical view of African American life and culture. When Vidor pitched the project, he said he expected the film would earn no money at the box office, with Thalberg famously replying with “Don’t worry about that. I’ve told you that MGM can afford an occasional experiment.”

The film starred Daniel L. Haynes and as yet unknown Nina Mae McKinney and told the story of Zeke, a cotton-picker, who tries to make a better life for himself, yet is drawn into temptation by the beautiful and vivacious, Chick. Hallelujah! was filmed on-location in “an energetic documentary style” and featured songs written by Irving Berlin. It was also Vidor’s first “talking” film. 

The film was was selected for preservation in 2008 for being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.”

“ I’m just a soul whose intentions are good. Oh Lord, please don’t let me be misunderstood…. ”

—    Nina Simone

“ When I dare to be powerful - to use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid. ”

—    Audre Lorde

A beauty note.

There is beauty all around me. The beauty of change even when I want it to remain the same. Or maybe I thought things did change and they never did. Does it affect me? Of course. Is it a possibility of hurt? Indeed. However even in the midst of the affection I pray that the beauty of adjusting will infect me. Not to be bitter or angry but to have a hard grip on hope and joy as I adjust.

"Moondust" series. Sara Golish is a beast.

Black. Regal. Wilderness…. Coming soon….

“ Yes my prince, I know someday you will come. Perhaps the scenic route is essential for you so you realize, that I am designed to be all you need. Even though I was right here from the start. Or maybe your scenic route essential for me, so I can realize the beauty that is me. While I experience long suffering, I will continue to maintain the essence of joy while I wait. And I will wait for you… ”

—    RNW…writing more crap.

Yes. Yes. Yes.

Kadir Nelson. Amazing. His eye for detail is impeccable.

The Spoken Tulip.