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Nyong'o

LOS ANGELES — Lupita Nyong’o’s career has moved well along since her Academy Award two years ago, yet she’s still basking in the glow of her Oscar win.

“I never expected to win in the first place, so I didn’t have any expectations as to what life would look like after that, but I’m happy. I’m a really happy person,” said Nyong’o at the world premiere of “The Jungle Book” last week in Los Angeles.

Nyong’o, who won best supporting actress in 2014 for “12 Years a Slave,” stars in Broadway’s “Eclipsed” and is back on set for “Star Wars: Episode VIII.”

Nyong’o voices Raksha, Mowgli’s adoptive wolf mother in Jon Favreau’s live-action remake of “The Jungle Book,” in theaters this Friday.

“I channeled my own mother who is fierce and unwavering in her motherly ways,” she said of the role. “I just think as a woman, I think we all have it somewhere in us and it was about finding it.”

MURFREESBORO, — The Grammy Foundation has awarded a nearly $20,000 grant to a university music center to digitize a historical collection of live bluegrass audio recordings.

Middle Tennessee State University’s Center for Popular Music will digitize a collection from Indiana music lover Marvin Hedrick.

The university said in a news release that Hedrick, of Nashville, Indiana, recorded Bean Blossom Bluegrass Festival performances and backstage jam sessions as well as impromptu sessions at his radio and TV repair shop. Hedrick died in 1973.

LOS ANGELES — Anne Hathaway is a first-time mother.

E! reported last week that the Oscar-winning star of “Les Miserables” and husband Adam Shulman welcomed a son named Jonathan Rosebanks Shulman on March 24.

Hathaway’s spokesman Stephen Huvane confirmed the report. The Academy Award-winning star posted a close-up photo of her baby bump with her Oscar statue on Instagram on Feb. 28.

Hathaway and actor-producer Shulman married in 2012.

Associated Press