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Uzo Aduba is “Unapologetically Black and Beautiful” on the cover of Essence September 2016 Issue



Orange is the New Black actress Uzo Aduba is featured on the cover of the September issue for Essence magazine this year. Essence describes her as a 35-year-old actress that  is a self-admitted thrill seeker who is a fitness junkie and who boasts not one, but two Emmys. Oh, and she completely stuns on the cover of our September issue of Essence – and we couldn’t agree more, she looks stunning!


Speaking about acting;

“This business will try to convince you that you’re not enough,” she says in her cover story. “That you’re not pretty enough, thin enough, talented enough, interesting enough, experienced enough, and I say, ‘Enough. Enough with that!'”

In her cover story, Uzo explains that she struggled to merge her Nigerian roots with her Boston upbringing – she once asked her mother if she could change her name to Zoe. It wasn’t until she discovered acting that she began to truly find herself. However, her road to success was not an easy one.

After countless failed auditions, she definitively decided that she was going quit acting.But, as fate would have it, 45 minutes after she made that decision, she got the call for Orange is the New Black. Since her Netflix debut more than four years ago, she has appeared in numerous films as well as a successful West End play. As her career continues to flourish, she is committed to staying grounded and grateful.

“There are millions of people in this world who choose to watch our show, and without that choosing, we would not exist,” she said. “Thank you for being open enough to allow us into your home. Thank you for seeing us and seeing that we matter.”

The Essence September issue is available on newsstands August 12.



  1. Unknown

    August 9, 2016 at 4:39 pm

    Crazy eyes 😀

  2. Bisi Johnson

    August 9, 2016 at 5:42 pm

    Extremely Late to the Party but I love love love Orange is he New Black.
    I have been binge watching on Netflix and honestly dont think i can stop. lool
    Love Crazy eyes

  3. Sonsang.

    August 9, 2016 at 5:46 pm

    I don’t and can’t “”allow you into my home.”” Your lifestyle/sexual choices come with you. No amount of Emmys, magazine covers, accolades of man will change the truth and fact that homosexuality and lesbianism, the entire LGBTQ spectrum is a sin against God your Creator, is unnatural, is a perversion, is an abomination and is taking you straight to an eternity of unbearable torture, pain and suffering and torment that can never end unless you humble yourself before your Creator Who loves beyond what any human or created mind can ever fathom, and repent wholeheartedly of the sin and lifestyle He hates, forsake it, ask His forgiveness, mercy, help and grace and receive in faith the salvation that is free to you because it was so dearly bought and paid for with the Blood of Jesus Christ. You will enter into and discover a life-long (and eternal) relationship that will be incomparable to any other relationship you have ever had and will ever have and with scales forever slipped out from your eyes and your heart, spirit, mind and soul washed clean, in wonder at the beautiful, glorious newness of life that is your story, you will wonder what took you so long and how you could have wandered in such darkness for so long and how you could believed all the nonsense that you did.

    • Funmi

      August 10, 2016 at 11:03 am

      Please shut up and go and sit down somewhere.

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