RIHANNA & LUPITA & AVA & ISSA
Twitter is never just Twitter. The socialmedia platform is a catalyst for change, whether it’s raising awareness about police brutality, crowdfunding money to pay off lunch accounts for poor children, or bringing us the buddy comedy we’ve waited for our entire lives. In April, Twitter user @Artthekid retweeted a photo of Lupita Nyong’o and Rihanna sitting beside each other with the caption, “Rihanna looks like she scams rich white men and Lupita is the computer-smart best friend that helps plan the scams.” When the tweet went viral, Nyong’o and Rihanna both agreed to star in the movie, Ava Duvernay agreed to direct it, and Issa Rae confirmed that she would write the script. Duvernay later sold the idea to Netflix at the Cannes Film Festival because “we all deserve nice things.” Yes, we do, and a movie full of Black girl magic is sure to bring us joy.