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Bravo! Chiwetel Ejiofor, Oprah Winfrey, Forest Whitaker & Michael B. Jordan cover Essence Magazine’s 2014 Hollywood Issue



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Glitz, Glamour, Chiwetel and Oprah, need we say more.

Essence Magazine debuts its 2014 Hollywood Issue featuring Chiwetel Ejiofor, Oprah Winfrey, Forest Whitaker and Michael B. Jordan.

The biggest African American publication celebrates an epic year at the movies with its Black Hollywood portfolio in the March 2014 issue.

All the actors discuss their crafts and how they got into character for their roles in 2013. Chiwetel – Solomon Northup in 12 Years a Slave, Oprah – Gloria Gaines in Lee Daniels’ The Butler, Forest – Cecil Gaines in Lee Daniels’ The Butler and Michael – Oscar Grant in Fruitvale Station.

Lupita Nyong’o isn’t on the cover but the magazine couldn’t help but talk about the buzzed about actress with its “The Many Faces of Lupita” article.

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Essence says;

While preparing for her role as Gloria Gaines in the critically acclaimed film Lee Daniels’ The Butler, Oprah Winfrey’s acting coach told her she should be more sexy. “I don’t think of myself as being sexy and I’m not even sure how one is sexy,” she admits. Her acting coach instructed her: “Every time Gloria walks, pretend that she has a tail. And when Gloria sits down, she doesn’t sit without making sure there’s room for her tail.”

Chiwetel Ejiofor made a huge splash in this year’s 12 Years a Slave, but the role was a difficult one for the actor. He described it as walking the “fine line in between sanity and insanity.” After filming wrapped, it took the actor two months to “come out of it.” He describes why he pushed himself to the limit for the film: “Even though there were emotional moments to shoot, overall I think every member of the cast and crew was there for one reason: They felt it was a tale that deserved to be told.”

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    February 4, 2014 at 7:18 pm

    Where Lupita na? Or was she busy doing Vogue?

  2. Miss_Flygerian

    February 4, 2014 at 7:29 pm

    Forest Whitaker looks very young.


    February 4, 2014 at 7:30 pm

    Nice cover. I need a copy.

  4. Albertha

    February 4, 2014 at 7:46 pm

    I guess Lupita is too dark for the cover of Essence. This is why I don’t buy Essence anymore.

    • corolla

      February 4, 2014 at 11:54 pm

      Na wa o…paranoid folks stay playing the race card (in this case “color card”). maybe Lupita had a conflict in her Schedule and could not join this shoot.Maybe there are even plans for her to have her own Essence cover in the nearest future. Not everything has to do with skin color .I am sure Essence won’t miss your $3.99

  5. brwngirl

    February 4, 2014 at 8:25 pm

    Lupita has been on almost every magazine cover – I think it’s ok if she misses one.

  6. Ese

    February 4, 2014 at 8:47 pm

    Oprah looks hot!

  7. Sassy Girly

    February 4, 2014 at 10:01 pm

    wow! lovely

  8. Flawless

    February 5, 2014 at 12:49 am

    Essence has actually dedicate a feature story to Lupita in this issue or maybe that was missed. I saw the issue and it is beautiful. A must read. She will also be honored by Essence during Oscars week. Jhud, Jill Scott, Kelly Rowland, Janelle Monae and Iyanla, all beautiful brown girls have recently graced the covers of Essence which is why i continue to buy. just a side note.

  9. Stephanie

    February 5, 2014 at 5:45 am


  10. BIMBY

    February 5, 2014 at 10:16 am

    Oprah looks fabulous and regal in that dress. I love Whitaker’s new look.

  11. thatshugababe

    February 5, 2014 at 10:38 am

    Lupita is missing !!!! Period !!!!

  12. Luch

    February 5, 2014 at 12:10 pm

    Looking forward to seeing oprah pose with her mouth closed for a change. Lovely cover.

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