HOT OFF THE PRESS: Lupita Nyong’o, who was named ‘Woman to Watch’ in 2014 by BlackPressRadio, to make Broadway debut in “Eclipsed”

Luptia Nyongo stars in ECLIPSED on Broadway (www.BlacksinHollywood.com) – When you’re right you’re right but for those of us lucky enough to have followed Lupita Nyong’o’s work for years before she was “discovered” in America, we knew this day was coming.

For talented African artists like Nyong’o and musicians like Lira (South Africa), Tuface Idibia (Nigeria) and beyond, the time seems ripe for a Black talent explosion. The timing couldn’t be better as buzz of lack of racial diversity overshadowed events like Super Bowl 50, the Grammys and even threatens the Oscars. Since 2007, BlacksinHollywood.com’s founder has been screaming the praises of “our sisters and brothers from another mother” around the world, but particularly in Africa.

ECLIPSE nyongoWith exclusive interviews granted to her by international stars like Idibia, Paul Play, Zdon Paporella and others, our founder’s predictions are once again coming to mainstream media’s attention.

On the heels of her Academy Award-winning, breakout performance in 12 Years a Slave, Nyong’o stunned critics and audiences in the Public Theater’s sold-out hit ECLIPSED—the “scorching and powerful” (The Guardian) new play by Zimbabwean-American playwright and actress Danai Gurira (star of AMC’s “The Walking Dead” and co-author of In the Continuum). Now, the global star makes her Broadway debut in this “must-see” (NBC New York) production written, directed and performed entirely by female artists.

ECLIPSED is the story of five extraordinary women brought together by upheaval in their homeland of Liberia. They forge a close-knit community… one that inspires them to feats of increasingly greater strength. Directed by South African-born Liesl Tommy (The Good Negro, Appropriate), the play is a stirring tale of hope, humor and resilience—and the only new play by a woman on Broadway this season.

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