Chances are people recognize her for her resilient roles as Michonne on AMC’s The Walking Dead or as Okoye in Marvel’s Black Panther or Avengers films. While she shoots up the ladder of success in Hollywood, Gurira is widening the door, and it’s the stories she shares and the opportunities she gives other women, who look like her, that she wants you to remember.
The Iowa-born actress who was raised in Zimbabwe recognizes what it takes to attain success as a Black woman. She understands having to work twice as hard for much less of the pie. In real life, she’s more reserved than the characters she has been fortunate to play. Though she may not have to fight physically for her survival, she navigates an industry where the fight for inclusion is just as exhausting. She gracefully does so by providing other actresses with opportunities and using her platform to sponsor African arts students with the chance to study at American universities.
Gurira posed for her EBONY photo shoot, radiating the aura of someone who knows where she is in life yet is still on a mission to get where she wants to go. While dancing to Diana Ross’ infectious 1979 single “The Boss,” she was honest about being just like almost every other Black woman: wanting to read more, rarely fitting in time to cook and being a bit too attached to her phone. And still, she is continuing her growth as a full-fledged, multihyphenate: actress/writer/producer and wildlife activist.
Read the exclusive story in the June 2018 issue of EBONY magazine.
Danai is featured in the October/November issue of BUST Magazine! In it, there’s an article where Danai talks about her beginnings in the entertainment industry, her current projects, and feminism. I’ve added high-quality scans to the gallery and I’ve got an excerpt from the article below. You can read the entire article at Bust.com.
When asked how she remains present while managing her multiple roles as a writer, advocate, and actor, she clarifies that she is just as deliberate and purposeful as the powerful women she portrays. From playing Afeni Shakur in the Tupac biopic All Eyez on Me, to Okoye, her warrior character in Black Panther, Gurira’s personas represent a lineage of sovereign women who take ownership of their lives because of their “love of their people” and themselves.
“I try to live a purposeful life pursuing what I feel is my calling,” she says. And that calling includes creating roles as a writer that “give other black women a chance to shine. All my plays have African female protagonists and lead characters because I’m American born and Zimbabwe raised,” she continues. “I’m a product of both places and have lived my life attempting to connect them and bridge the gap.” Read more at Bust.com
Entertainment Weekly gave us an exclusive look at Black Panther, with interviews and beautiful photos from the upcoming movie! There are beautiful photos inside, featuring Danai and her co-stars, including Lupita Nyong’o, Chadwick Boseman, and Michael B. Jordan. I’ve added some of the photos to the gallery.
Make sure you pick up your copy! Also, SDCC is next week, so I’m sure we’ll get more goodies, not only for Black Panther but also for The Walking Dead, since Danai is scheduled to appear. 🙂