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Lupita Nyong’o at the 2018 Oscars

Lupita Nyong’o at the 2018 Oscars

What Lupita Nyong’o and Eric Adams Wore to the Party

Lupita Nyong’o (center) made a short, but memorable speech on Friday as part of the 2018 Oscars. (Photo: Kevin Winter/ Getty Images for the 77th Annual Academy Awards)

I think some people are disappointed that Lupita Nyong’o is no longer the host of the Golden Globes. But she’ll get her moment.

My friend and colleague Anna, who was the editor of The Daily Beast when Lupita was the editor of Essence, wrote an enlightening piece about Lupita’s appearance at the 2018 Oscars on Friday night. Anna pointed out that Lupita, whom she calls Lupita Noyong’o, did not look like herself. She’s beautiful, but not a knockout. In short, Anna explained, Lupita’s look was “soulful.”

This got me thinking about another black woman, and another Oscar host.

In November 2013, I was in New York City for Fashion Week when I noticed a black woman, and soon I learned she was being honored by that week’s Oscar telecast. The Oscar-hosted festivities that night were held at the famous Kodak Theatre with host Ellen DeGeneres.

I had noticed the woman a few days earlier when I saw her at the Fashion Institute of Design in New York. I recognized her as the model, and stylist, Zendaya.

On Friday night, I saw the woman again. This time, I was seated in the front row, on the left. Her name was Lupita Nyong’o, and she’d been recognized as the 2018 Visionary Award of the African Union.

It turned out to be an enjoyable evening. I had a great seat and was able to watch both the acting awards and the other live awards. The acting awards were presented by Lupita and her co-star, Octavia Spencer. (In fact, she won the acting award for her role in 12 Years a Slave.) And the other awards, which could have been presented by another host, went to Jennifer Aniston for Green Book, Robert De Niro for his role in The Beguiled, and Jennifer Lopez for her role in Monster-in-Law.

But Lup

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