Lupita Nyong’o (rocking a new ‘do) was spotted making her way to a reception thrown by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in the UK. Meanwhile, Ne-Yo, his girlfriend Crystal Renay, Antonique Smith and Big Boy partied in L.A. Peep the party people inside…
Oscar winning actress Lupita Nyong’o hit the streets of London making her way to a reception thrown by the UK’s Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (the UK Oscars) in London last night.
The fab fashionista looked chic in a grey coat, black pants and she debuted a new hair ‘do. Her cropped coif was perfected into a new stylish natural look.
Before making her way inside, the 12 Years a Slave star posed it up with pregnant Gone Girl actress Rosamund Pike outside of the Chancellor of the Exchequer’s residence on Downing Street:
She captioned the pic, "Downing Street with Rosamund Pike. #GoneGirl found at @theacademy induction." Cute.
Today Shockoe Bottom is a cultural hot spot in RVA: restaurants, clubs, bars, you name it… But yesterday it was the largest slave-trading district in America, only second to New Orleans. This is a place where history coexists with modernity. But there are those who think history belongs only in books… And some who want to preserve our right to see it… Which are you? #SaveShockoe
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In recent Lupita news, the Kenyan beauty has been using her social media presence as a platform to support the preservation of one of the biggest and most notorious slave markets in the United States, Shockoe Bottom, located in Richmond, Va.
Why? Well…in “12 Years a Slave” (which earned her the Oscar Award for Best Supporting Actress) it followed the life of a free black man, Solomon Northrup, who was kidnapped and sold into slavery. Solomon was held captive in a Shockoe Bottom slave jail before he was sent to New Orleans.
There has been some controversy since it was annouced that Shockoe Bottom would be the new location for a minor-league baseball stadium. Many have complained that the new stadium will destroy the cultural hot spot and Lupita is one of them.
In an Instagram post she wrote, "Today Shockoe Bottom is a cultural hot spot in RVA: restaurants, clubs, bars, you name it… But yesterday it was the largest slave-trading district in America, only second to New Orleans. This is a place where history coexists with modernity. But there are those who think history belongs only in books… And some who want to preserve our right to see it… Which are you? #SaveShockoe"
Nice to see celebs use their starpower for good.
And in movie news….
The Yale University graduate is currently filming for her first role since winning her Oscar (yes, we know she starred in Non-Stop but that was before she won her Oscar). She will be starring in the upcoming highly-anticipated Star Wars: Episode VII. So, she snapped a fun pic with a Star Wars action figure with the caption, "Geeking out! #SWVII" Funny.
Back on this side of the pond….
"Nonfiction" singer Ne-Yo brought his girlfriend Crystal Renay along with him on his “House of Blues” tour that stopped at the House of Blues Sunset Strip in West Hollywood last night.
After his performance, the couple made their way to downtown L.A. to party it up with radio host Big Boy at a bash he threw at the Congo Room.
Notorious actress/singer Antonique Smith was also in the mix. It appears she’s concentrating more on her music career nowadays. The songtress shot a video recently for her track “Hold Up Wait A Minute”, starring the sexy Lance Gross and directed by Larenz Tate (who recently reunited with Don Cheadle on “House of Lies”).
And radio host Big Boy posted up outside before heading to the party. Fun times.
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