Lupita Nyong’o’s ‘Real’ Boyfriend, ‘SNL’ Parodies ‘Scandal,’ Black Twitter’s Growing Influence & More

Lupita Nyong'o and Rihanna attend the Miu Miu show as part of the Paris Fashion Week on March 5, 2014 in Paris, France. (Photo: Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)

Happy Monday and all that good stuff. There’s much buzzing taking place around the globe, including speculation about who Lupita Nyong’o is really booed up with, “Saturday Night Live’s” parody of “Scandal” and Black Twitter’s ongoing introduction to mainstream America. Enjoy!

Lupita’s real boyfriend? I know the media’s trying to make Lupita Nyong’o and Jared Leto a thing but maybe they’re just pals. Apparently, the Oscar-winning actress is dating Somali-Canadian rapper K’naan, according to reports. Photos of Lupita and K’naan were taken last week after she won a Best Supporting Actress Academy Award for “12 Years a Slave.” K’naan is even seen carrying her Oscar! But a few days later, she was spotted in Paris with Jared. Hmm … Seeing isn’t always believing and whether she’s really paired with either one of these talk drinks of water remains to be seen. I’ll tell you this, people will be watching. Read more about she and K’naan here and she and Jared here. Want to see why Lupita won her Oscar? Watch “12 Years a Slave” with XFINITY On Demand™ here.

Black Twitter has spoken. What do you get when you add a catchy phrase, a hashtag, a worthy cause and tons of African Americans? Black Twitter. “The View” and I both told you that Black Twitter was a force to reckoned with. In case you didn’t believe the hype, the Associated Press issued a reminder with its recent story, “Black Twitter growing into online force.” “Black Twitter holds court on pretty much everything from President Barack Obama to the latest TV reality show antics. But Black Twitter can also turn activist quickly. When it does, things happen—like the cancellation of a book deal for a juror in the George Zimmerman trial, or the demise of Zimmerman’s subsequent attempt to star at celebrity boxing,” the AP article states. It’s true. Black Americans–myself included–use social media more than any other racial group, according to the Pew Research Center. And even subgroups within Black Twitter, like Beyonce’s crazed stans, the Beyhive, stinging with comical yet biting tweets anyone who they feel “threatens” their queen. Ask Aretha Franklin and Keyshia Cole. Read more here.

“SNL” parodies “Scandal.” This was the skit everyone wanted to see when ABC’s “Scandal” star Kerry Washington hosted “Saturday Night Live.” They had to wait four months but it’s worth it; the skit’s pretty funny. Sasheer Zamata plays Olivia Pope and guest host Lena Dunham, “Girls” star and creator, is a new member of her team. Here’s what it mocks: the show’s rapid fire pace, including the way characters talk; how Olivia’s impeccable wardrobe outshines her fellow Gladiators–except for Harrison, who’s always sharp; Olivia’s facial expressions (kind of wish they really went there with this one–everyone talks about it); and of course, her affair with the President. If you’re familiar with the show (and who isn’t?), I guarantee you’ll chuckle a few times. “SNL” airs Saturdays at 11:35 p.m. EST on NBC. Watch it here.

“SNL” pokes fun at ABC’s “Scandal”
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On my watchlist? What I’m tuning in to see and what I’ll catch up with XFINITY On Demand…
“The Walking Dead”: I watched ABC’s new how “Resurrection” instead but will catch up tonight on this favorite. It airs Sundays at 9 p.m. EST on AMC. Watch it here.
“Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey”: I like Neil deGrasse Tyson (host) and Carl Sagan. But, Sundays already are pretty packed for me. So this show will either have to move to another night or be an XOD option. It airs Sundays at 9 p.m. EST (same as “The Walking Dead,“Resurrection” and “Game of Thrones” when it returns) on Fox. Watch it here.

The Hot List: Who/What’s Hot, Not
HOT: ABC’s new show, “Resurrection,” starring Omar Epps debuts strong Sunday with more than 13 million viewers. (I was one of the many who tuned in. Good for them!)
NOT: George Zimmerman signing autographs at a gun show. (*sigh*)

HOT: Supermodel Jourdan Dunn on the April 2014 “Miss Vogue” cover. (I can see slight bags under eyes. How refreshingly beautiful!)
NOT: People who are upset that the star of the forthcoming Annie is black, being played by Quvenzhane Wallis. (Chile, please…)

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The opinions expressed are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Comcast.

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