Welcome to Loving Danai Gurira, a fansite dedicated to the talented actress and playwright Danai Gurira! You may know her from her iconic roles as Michonne on The Walking Dead and as Okoye in Marvel superhero movies like Black Panther and Avengers: Endgame. As a fan, my goal is to support Danai while providing a resource and a community for other fans. Before you go, make sure you check out the photo gallery, currently featuring over 15,000 photos. Thanks so much for stopping by!

Danai Gurira covers Shape Magazine

Today the May 2019 cover of Shape magazine was revealed, featuring Danai! In the issue, she talks about training for her roles in The Walking Dead, Black Panther, and the Avengers movies.

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Danai Gurira for Ebony Magazine June 2018

Danai is on the cover of the upcoming June 2018 issue of Ebony Magazine, on stands May 24! You can view the full-size photos in the gallery and watch a behind the scenes video on their website here.

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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 Gurira as Okoye on the cover of Empire Magazine

Danai is featured as Okoye on one of the special Marvel covers for Empire Magazine‘s May 2018 issue! She is also pictured with Dave Bautista (Drax), Benedict Cumberbatch (Doctor Strange), and Elizabeth Olsen (Scarlet Witch). I’ll have scans of the inside of the magazine once it’s available!

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Danai Gurira featured in BUST 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