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"TORONTO — Ugandan chess prodigy Phiona Mutesi had never been in a movie theatre, let alone walked a red carpet lined with screaming fans and acclaimed stars, before watching her life portrayed in Queen of Katwe at the recent Toronto International Film Festival.", thechronicleherald.ca
"Lupita Nyong’o may be an Oscar-winning actress, but she also wants to let you know that she has many other talents, too. To celebrate reaching 3 million followers on Instagram, the actress (or, rather, her alter ego “Troublemaker”) recently uploaded a video in which she can be seen rapping out all the things she’s accomplished to the beat of Nas’ “New York State of Mind.” ", www.ew.com
"The crowd-pleasing “Queen of Katwe” features appealing stars and a true-to-life tale that’s difficult to resist: the unlikely rise of a young chess star from the slums of Uganda. [...] most refreshing, there are no white people to serve as our tour guides (i.e. main characters). Phiona (Madina Nalwanga, lovely) is a seemingly unremarkable young girl who lives with her young mother (Lupita Nyong’o, decent in a thankless role) and siblings in the vast slum of Kampala, the Ugandan capital. Unlike her sister, Phiona is quiet and doesn’t attract the boys, but her transition from pawn to queen begins when she learns about chess at a missionary activity center run by do-gooder Robert (David Oyelowo, solid). In “Queen of Katwe,” the vehicle of choice is a rickety bus, which takes Phiona and her chess mates from the slums to the privileged grounds of an elite private school. To be sure, these won’t be the most memorable roles of these two", www.sfgate.com
"Ever since Lupita Nyong'o first made a red carpet appearance up to now, there's barely been a moment when we have been disappointed by her fashion picks. Like always, the Queen of Katwe actress has brought together a look that's not just sexy but also has an elegant touch to it. As we all know, she is starring in Mira Nair's Queen Of Katwe, that is being screened at 41st Toronto International Film Festival. On the premiere event of the same, the 33 year old actress wore an outfit that just took every paparazzi's attention! The film is based on a true story, about a young girl from the streets of rural Uganda whose world takes a drastic change when she is introduced to the game of chess. Played by newcomer Madina Nalwanga, Lupita is the mother of Madina in the film. - Oscar winning actress Lupita Nyong'o looked incredible at TIFF premiere of Queen of Katwe in a royal blue number!", www.bollywoodlife.com
"Oyelowo helps lead charge for diversity in film When David Oyelowo’s widely praised performance as Martin Luther King Jr. in “Selma” was passed over for an Academy Award nomination in 2015, the Nigerian British actor took the snub as far more than personally ego-bruising. Since “Selma,” Oyelowo, who lives in Los Angeles, has been outspoken in his denunciation of Hollywood’s lack of diversity. Oyelowo sees his new Disney film, “Queen of Katwe,” in which he co-stars with Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o, as well as his Botswana-set love story “A United Kingdom” (opening in November) as a positive by-product of the momentum for change after two years in a row (of all-white acting nominations). ‘Queen of Katwe’ being made by the biggest media company in the world is a testament to diversity and inclusion in action. Filmed in the slums of Kampala, “Katwe” is based on the true story of", www.sfgate.com