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Lupita, Why Must You Be So Perfect? [Lupita Nyong’o’s 10 Best Looks]



by Lex Ansley

Since her win as Best Supporting Actress at the 2014 Academy Awards, the world has become obsessed with the beauty and radiance of Lupita Nyong’o. As an actress, she is both captivating and regal, but as a fashionista, she has cemented herself as an icon with her amazing garment choices. She has also blazed her own trail through the elite fashion media, gracing the most famous and luxurious magazine covers, including Glamour, Vogue, Marie Claire, W, and People’s 2014 “50 Most Beautiful People” issue. Furthermore, she’s now the face of Lancome Paris.

Take a look at ten of Lupita’s most fashionable looks.


Lupita Nyong'o in the trademark teal Gucci gown at the 2014 SAG Awards.

Photo: Matt Sayles/Invision/AP.

A vision of grace and beauty, Lupita donned a gorgeous teal Gucci gown featuring floral embroidery around the neck at the 2014 Screen Actors Guild Awards.



Lupita Nyong'o wows in a short gold Lanvin dress at the "Non-Stop" premeire.

Photo: Jason Merritt/Getty Images.

Golden goddess! Lupita wins big in this gold Lanvin number worn at the Non-Stop premiere, in which she co-stars with Liam Neeson.


Lupita steals the Jimmy Fallon stage in a plum two-piece pantsuit.

Photo: Lloyd Bishop/NBC.

Lupita is plum perfect for “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon” wearing this Cushnie et Ochs two-piece ensemble.



Lupita Nyong'o in the now immortal soft blue Prada plunge gown at the 2014 Oscars.

Photo: Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP.

The now infamous soft blue Prada dress was a showstopper on the 2014 Oscars red carpet.



Lupita Nyong'o channels flirty and abstract in a geometric print dress with cutout back at the 2014 MTV Movie Awards.

Photo: Rich Polk/Getty Images for MTV.

This Chanel open-back dress, which she wore at the 2014 MTV Movie Awards, is both flirty and abstract!



Lupita Nyong'o in her signature caped red gown at the 2014 Golden Globe Awards.

Photo: Jeff Vespa.

Lupita was best dressed that the 2014 Golden Globe Awards wearing a Ralph Lauren gown, featuring a stunning silk cape.



Lupita Nyong'o in a gold plunge Victoria Beckham dress with "12 Years a Slave" co-star Michael Fassbender at the "12 Years a Slave" cocktail party.

Photo: Invision for InStyle/AP Images.

This yellow form-fitting Victoria Beckham dress, which she wore to the 12 Years A Slave cocktail party (pictured with co-star Michael Fassbender), is simply stunning.



Lupita Nyong'o in her belted sleeveless emerald gown at the 2014 BAFTA Awards.

Photo: Press Association via AP Images.

This classic emerald Dior gown, worn at the 2014 BAFTA Awards, showcases Lupita’s beauty in the most elegant way.



Lupita Nyong'o in a pastel Calvin Klein sheath at a Calvin Klein fashion show February 2014.

Photo: Billy Farrell/BFAnyc/Sipa USA.

The fashionista opted to rock a pastel Calvin Klein number instead of her trademark bold colors while attending his February 2014 fashion show (sitting front row, of course).



Lupita Nyong'o rocks a black bodycon midi dress with black and gold Christian Louboutin stilettos to a Europe premiere of "12 Years A Slave."

Photo: Ferdaus Shamim/WireImages.

This black Christopher Kane midi dress and Louboutin stilettos, worn at a European premiere for 12 Years A Slave, is perfection!



What’s your favorite Lupita look? Share! 🙂



Alexis AnsleyAbout the Author:
Alexis Ansley is a Central Florida fashion blogger, fashion consultant and co-founder of Lex&Pooch Styling Co. An avid enthusiast for all things vintage, Alexis has made a name for herself by uniquely combining vintage and contemporary styles within her personal fashion choices and while styling clients. Alexis is a member of the Independent Fashion Bloggers (IFB) community and work towards bringing fresh and unique fashions to the forefront of all her style ventures.



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Mister Rogers’ Week of Kindness Coming March 2023



WINTER PARK, Fla. (Florida National News) – Mister Rogers’ Week of Kindness, inspired by the children’s TV host and icon, comes to Orlando in March 2023. This week-long series of events was announced today at the Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation in Winter Park.

“Fred McFeely Rogers devoted his entire life to reminding us of some of the most important ideas of what it means to be human among humans: love, respect and kindness,” explained Buena Vista Events & Management President & CEO Rich Bradley. “Many of us find that nearly 20 years after Fred’s passing, it is important to focus on his teachings once again, perhaps now more than ever. This is a week to re-engage with his massive body of work with some folks, and to introduce his teachings to others.”

Mister Rogers’ Week of Kindness begins March 20, 2023, the date which would have been Fred’s 95th birthday, and concludes on Saturday, March 26 with the Red Sweater Soiree, a community dinner to recognize ten ordinary members of the community who inspire and exemplify the affinity that Fred Rogers had for showing kindness to our “Neighbors”.

Mister Rogers Week of Kindness coming March 20-26, 2023. Photo Credit: Mike Brodsky (Florida National News)

Activities planned for the week will include early childhood education activities and faculty training, as well as events open to the public.

“The events will be offered free or at low cost,” continued Bradley. “This week-long celebration is not a series of fundraisers, but rather about once again remembering and sharing some of the great work that Fred Rogers created, not only in early childhood education, but in reminding us that we are all part of one big ‘neighborhood’. Fred taught us the importance of accepting our Neighbors just the way they are and engaging in kindness with our interactions. I can’t think of another period in my lifetime where we needed to reflect on those messages again more than today.”

“There are three ways to ultimate success,” Fred Rogers was once quoted as saying. “The first way is to be kind. The second way is to be kind. The third way is to be kind. Imagine what our neighborhoods would be like if each of us offered, as a matter of course, just one kind word to another person.”

Many of the activities of Mister Rogers’ Week of Kindness will be attended by members of the cast and crew of Mister Rogers Neighborhood, which ran from 1968 – 1975, and again from 1979 – 2001. David Newell, known as “Mr. McFeely,” the “Speedy Delivery” man, appeared at today’s media conference via video, and looks forward to visiting Central Florida next March.

David Newell, “Mr. McFeely.” Photo Credit: Mike Brodsky (Florida National News)

Mister Rogers’ Week of Kindness is supported by the McFeely-Rogers Foundation, the Fred Rogers Institute, and Fred Rogers Productions. Details regarding the specific activities and venues will be released over the next few weeks.

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A Quick Primer on the Team Solving Orange County’s Affordable Housing Crisis



Orange County’s Housing for All Task Force held its introductory meeting on April 12, 2019 at the Board of County Commissioner Chambers. Photo: Orange County Government.

ORLANDO, Fla. (FNN NEWS) – Orange County faces a growing affordable housing crisis, and Mayor Jerry Demings has taken notice–and action. Shortly after his inauguration, he formed Housing For All, an affordable housing task force to face the challenge head-on.

The Housing For All task force doesn’t meet monthly like the County Commission–in fact, their next meeting won’t be until October 4, 2019–but they do work when they’re not meeting. The task force is made up of three subcommittees, Design and Infrastructure Subcommittee, Accessibility and Opportunity Subcommittee and Innovation and Sustainability Subcommittee. These three subcommittees meet twice a month to come up with ideas and plans to fix the affordable housing problem.

Each subcommittee has a specific focus on ways to help solve the problem of affordable housing. The Design and Infrastructure Subcommittee is focused on the design of new affordable housing projects, the renovation of current affordable housing that might need fixing and land development for affordable housing units. The Accessibility and Opportunity Subcommittee is focused on making sure affordable housing is accessible to the major economic zones of the city, develop partnerships with groups and focus on outreach in the county. The Innovation and Sustainability Subcommittee is focused on finding ways to increase the supply of affordable housing and how to preserve affordable housing.

At their next meeting in October these subcommittees will update the county on what they have accomplished and what they plan to do in the future. For information from previous Housing for All Task Force meetings or the meeting schedule, visit the Orange County Government website.


Leyton Blackwell is a photojournalist and Florida National News contributor. |

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Opening Biopic ‘Te Ata’ Sets High Bar for 2016 Orlando Film Festival



ORLANDO: Chickasaw Nation Biopic 'Te Ata' Sets Stage for Orlando Film Festival.

ORLANDO (FNN NEWS) – Orlando Film Festival kicked off at Cobb Theaters in Downtown Orlando Wednesday night. The red carpet came alive with excited filmmakers and actors ready to showcase their projects to the Orlando community and, in some cases, to the world at large, including Nathan Frankowski, director of this year’s opening feature Te Ata.

About Te Ata

Frankowski’s biopic feature chronicles the true story of Chickasaw actress and storyteller Mary Frances Thompson, whose love of stories and the Chickasaw Nation fueled her to share the Chickasaw culture with new audiences in the early 1900s, a time when the United States was still growing as a nation and clashed with Native American peoples in the process.

Viewers are immediately swept into the saga from the film’s opening scene with a voice-over folk tale told by Mary Thompson’s father, T.B. Thompson (played by Gil Birmingham). Ironically, though his storytelling places the seed of inspiration in her, it slowly becomes a source of friction between them as she ages.

What makes the film engrossing is the sprawling backdrop upon which Thompson’s journey takes place. While young Te Ata (which means “The Morning”) flourishes with each solo performance and eventually sets her sights on Broadway, the Chickasaw Nation is fighting to secure the funding due them from the U.S. government in the face of ethnocentrism and religious bigotry–to the point that the government passed a law forbidding the sale of traditional Native American textiles and creations, which caused further financial struggle for the Chickasaw Nation. Viewers even experience the Thompsons’ fish-out-of-water feeling as the Chickasaw people’s territory, Tishomingo, shrinks significantly to become part of the newborn state of Oklahoma.

The political tensions are counterbalanced with Te Ata’s experience. Te Ata does her first performances among family, but chooses to leave home for the first time in her life to attend the Oklahoma College for Women (known today as University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma), despite her father’s wishes for her to find a job at home. Viewers immediately empathize with Te Ata’s awkward experience upon her arrival at the predominantly Caucasian-attended College, but cheer her on when that one connection is made, because all it ever takes is one.

Te Ata’s jumping off point occurs when she meets drama teacher Frances Dinsmore Davis, who encourages her to join her class and to share the Chickasaw stories for her senior presentation instead of the usual Shakespeare recitation. From there, Te Ata’s career blossoms from one serendipitous connection to another, taking her performances across the country. She eventually makes it to New York City, hustling to find her place on Broadway, and finds love in the process while performing privately for Eleanor Roosevelt, whose husband was then Governor of New York. The heroine’s journey continues with well-placed highs and lows, keeping the viewer visually and emotionally engaged.

Te Ata is touchingly channeled through lead actress Q’orianka Kilcher who, like Te Ata, has stage experience, and brought it to bear in the role. Kilcher’s magnetic singing, with the help of the film’s sweeping score and indigenous songs, imprints the true Te Ata’s passion for her people onto the viewer’s heart.

Frankowski, who worked closely with the Chickasaw Nation in creating the film, honors Te Ata’s memory and legacy in a cohesive, sweeping tale that will edify audiences everywhere.



Florida National News Editor Mellissa Thomas is an author and journalist, as well as a decorated U.S. Navy veteran with degrees in Entertainment Business and Film. She also helps business owners, CEOs, executives, and speakers double their income and clinch the credibility they deserve by walking them step by step through the process of developing, completing, marketing, and publishing their first book.

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