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Lupita Nyong’o calls out magazine for photo-editing her hair

Published: Friday, November 10, 2017 @ 7:58 PM

Actress Lupita Nyong'o says Grazia UK digitally altered her hair on the cover of its magazine.
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Actress Lupita Nyong'o says Grazia UK digitally altered her hair on the cover of its magazine.(Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images/Getty Images)

Lupita Nyong’o is calling out a British fashion magazine for digitally altering her hair.

According to the actress, Grazia UK changed the appearance of her hair to make it appear slicker and less textured.

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“Disappointed that @GraziaUK edited out & smoothed my hair to fit a more Eurocentric notion of what beautiful hair looks like,” she tweeted.

BBC News reported that Nyong’o addressed the change in the photos in an Instagram post Thursday.

As I have made clear so often in the past with every fiber of my being, I embrace my natural heritage and despite having grown up thinking light skin and straight, silky hair were the standards of beauty, I now know that my dark skin and kinky, coily hair are beautiful too. Being featured on the cover of a magazine fulfills me as it is an opportunity to show other dark, kinky-haired people, and particularly our children, that they are beautiful just the way they are. I am disappointed that @graziauk invited me to be on their cover and then edited out and smoothed my hair to fit their notion of what beautiful hair looks like. Had I been consulted, I would have explained that I cannot support or condone the omission of what is my native heritage with the intention that they appreciate that there is still a very long way to go to combat the unconscious prejudice against black women's complexion, hair style and texture. #dtmh

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“As I have made clear so often in the past with every fiber of my being, I embrace my natural heritage and despite having grown up thinking light skin and straight, silky hair were the standards of beauty, I now know that my dark skin and kinky, coily hair are beautiful too,” Nyong’o wrote. “Being featured on the cover of a magazine fulfills me as it is an opportunity to show other dark, kinky-haired people, and particularly our children, that they are beautiful just the way they are.

“I am disappointed that @graziauk invited me to be on their cover and then edited out and smoothed my hair to fit their notion of what beautiful hair looks like. Had I been consulted, I would have explained that I cannot support or condone the omission of what is my native heritage with the intention that they appreciate that there is still a very long way to go to combat the unconscious prejudice against black women’s complexion, hair style and texture.”

Nyong’o included a photo of Grazia’s Nov. 2017 cover alongside two photos that appear to be the original, unedited shots. Her coily hair is slicked back into a low, textured ponytail.

She included the hashtag #dtmh, which stands for “Don’t Touch My Hair,” a phrase that is also the title of a song from Solange Knowles’ album, “A Seat at the Table.”

Grazia has since apologized for the cover in an Instagram post of its own.

“Grazia is committed to representing diversity throughout its pages and apolgises unreservedly to Lupita Nyong’o,” the publication said in a statement on Friday.

“Grazia magazine would like to make it clear that at no point did they make an editorial request to the photographer for Lupita Nyong’o’s hair to be altered on this week’s cover, nor did we alter it ourselves. But we apologise unreservedly for not upholding the editorial standards in ensuring that we were aware of all alterations that had been made.”

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Nyong’o’s callout of Grazia comes after Knowles criticized “Evening Standard” magazine for editing out her hair on the cover of its publication in October. The singer posed for the magazine with blonde cornrows that were topped with a tall, blonde, braided halo. 

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BAFTA Film Awards 2018: See the complete winners list

Published: Monday, February 19, 2018 @ 3:40 AM

Actress Allison Janney poses with her award for Best Actress for 'I, Tonya' backstage at the BAFTA 2018 Awards in London, Sunday, Feb. 18, 2018. (Photo by Joel C Ryan/Invision/AP)
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Actress Allison Janney poses with her award for Best Actress for 'I, Tonya' backstage at the BAFTA 2018 Awards in London, Sunday, Feb. 18, 2018. (Photo by Joel C Ryan/Invision/AP)(Joel C Ryan/Joel C Ryan/Invision/AP)

Check out which films, stars and directors won big Sunday at the 2018 British Academy Film Awards in London. 

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  • Best film: "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri"
  • Outstanding British film: "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri"
  • Outstanding debut by a British writer, director or producer: "I Am Not a Witch," Rungano Nyoni (writer/director), Emily Morgan (producer)
  • Film not in the English language: "The Handmaiden"
  • Documentary: "I Am Not Your Negro"
  • Animated film: "Coco"
  • Director: "The Shape of Water," Guillermo del Toro
  • Original screenplay: "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri," Martin McDonagh
  • Adapted screenplay: "Call Me by Your Name," James Ivory
  • Leading actress: Frances McDormand, "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri"
  • Leading actor: Gary Oldman, "Darkest Hour"
  • Supporting actress: Allison Janney, "I, Tonya"
  • Supporting actor: Sam Rockwell, "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri"
  • Original music: "The Shape of Water," Alexandre Desplat
  • Cinematography: "Blade Runner 2049," Roger Deakins
  • Editing: "Baby Driver," Jonathan Amos, Paul Machliss
  • Production design: "The Shape of Water," Paul Austerberry, Jeff Melvin, Shane Vieau
  • Costume design: "Phantom Thread," Mark Bridges
  • Makeup and hair: "Darkest Hour," David Malinowski, Ivana Primorac, Lucy Sibbick, Kazuhiro Tsuji
  • Sound: "Dunkirk," Alex Gibson, Richard King, Gregg Landaker, Gary A. Rizzo, Mark Weingarten
  • Special visual effects: "Blade Runner 2049," Richard R. Hoover, Paul Lambert, Gerd Nefzer, John Nelson
  • British short animation: "Poles apart," Paloma Baeza, Ser En Low
  • British short film: "Cowboy Dave," Colin O’Toole, Jonas Mortensen
  • EE rising star award (voted for by the public): Daniel Kaluuya
  • Fellowship: Sir Ridley Scott
  • Outstanding British contribution to cinema: National Film and Television School (NFTS)

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WATCH: Fergie's national anthem performance at the NBA All-Star Game baffles viewers

Published: Monday, February 19, 2018 @ 1:29 AM

Singer Fergie performs the national anthem prior to an NBA All-Star basketball game, Sunday, Feb. 18, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)
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Singer Fergie performs the national anthem prior to an NBA All-Star basketball game, Sunday, Feb. 18, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)(Chris Pizzello/AP)

Grammy award-winning recording artist Fergie was tasked with the pre-game national anthem for the NBA All-Star Game on Sunday night. On paper, that sounds like a great choice, but many viewers thought it could have gone better.

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Critics pointed out that Fergie’s voice was oddly erratic during the anthem. One sequence even led Warriors forward Draymond Green to burst out in laughter after Fergie strung together the vocal performance.

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Here's what social media users were saying

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Obviously, not every anthem is going to be perfect; not everyone can just bust out a Whitney Houston-type of anthem at will.

If you need to refresh your ears, here’s Whitney:

– The Cox Media Group National Content Desk contributed to this report.

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‘Black Panther’ enjoys record weekend at box office

Published: Sunday, February 18, 2018 @ 1:38 PM

This image released by Disney and Marvel Studios' shows Chadwick Boseman in a scene from
This image released by Disney and Marvel Studios' shows Chadwick Boseman in a scene from "Black Panther."(Marvel Studios/Disney via AP)

Moviegoers have been flocking to theaters this weekend to see Black Panther, shattering records with $192 million for the three-day weekend and a possible gross of $218 million for the four-day Presidents Day weekend, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

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The film by Marvel and Disney clinched the fifth-largest domestic opening of all time, Variety reported. With estimates of $169 million from international markets, the film, which stars Chadwick Boseman and was directed by Ryan Coogler, has an estimated global debut grossing more than $361 million through Sunday, Variety reported.

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“Black Panther” is unprecedented among movies since it features a nearly all-black cast in a big-budget movie, according to the Reporter. It also earned a 97 rating on the Rotten Tomatoes website. The movie also broke the record for the largest Presidents Day weekend, cruising past the $152 million set in 2016 by “Deadpool,” Variety reported.

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Remembering Harry Caray 20 years after his death

Published: Sunday, February 18, 2018 @ 12:45 PM

Harry Caray, left, enjoyed a 53-year broadcasting career.
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Harry Caray, left, enjoyed a 53-year broadcasting career.(Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

It’s hard to believe that the joyous voice of the Chicago Cubs was silenced 20 years ago today.

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Broadcaster Harry Caray, who was the play-by-play man for the Cubs from 1982 to 1997, died on Feb. 18, 1998, in Rancho Mirage, California. He was 83, although at the time of his death, he was believed to be 78.

Caray had collapsed at his restaurant in Palm Springs four days earlier.

Before joining the Cubs. Caray called games for the St. Louis Cardinals (1945-1969), Oakland Athletics (1970) and Chicago White Sox (1971-1981).

In addition to his signature call of “Holy, Cow!” Caray was famous for his off-key, passionate rendition of “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” during the seventh-inning stretch.

Since baseball players are returning to Florida and Arizona for spring training, it’s only appropriate to hear Caray singing one more time. Here is a video from the last Cubs home game of 1997, which was his final appearance at Wrigley Field:

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