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Idris Elba Just Made History At The 2016 SAG Awards: Here’s Why

Idris Elba should not only be celebrating his double-win at the 2016 SAG Awards, but he must also raise a glass to the fact that he just made history! Not only is he the very first male to take home two SAG trophies in one night, but he is also the first black person to […]

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‘Walking Dead’s Danai Gurira Set To Play Tupac’s Mom Afeni Shakur In ‘All Eyez On Me’

EXCLUSIVE: As soon as her samurai sword-swinging Michonne character entered The Walking Dead, it was clear Danai Gurira would be an actress to watch. Now, she’s gotten a major feature role: she’ll play Afeni Shakur in the Morgan Creek Tupac Shakur biopic All Eyez On Me. She joins a film that is already underway in Atlanta, […]

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Idris Elba Is Magnetic As Monstrous Warlord In Beasts Of No Nation Trailer

The Luther star plays a West African rebel commander who trains child soliders in Netflix’s first film. Idris Elba plays a vicious but charismatic warlord in Netflix’s first foray into filmmaking. Beasts of No Nation is about a young West African boy (played by newcomer Abraham Attah), who is forced to join a unit of mercenary […]

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Lupita Nyong’o Proud To Be ‘space cadet’ In Star Wars

Lupita Nyong’o is very excited for people to see ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ and is thrilled she gets to play space pirate Maz Kanata in the sequel. The 32-year-old actress portrays Maz Kanata – a pirate and galactic traveller – in the highly anticipated sci-fi sequel and admits she always dreamed of space when […]

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‘Timbuktu’ Director Wants More Cinema from West Africa

(Reuters) – The Oscar nomination of “Timbuktu”, a film about the occupation of the Malian desert town by al Qaeda-linked Islamists in 2012, should not mask the lack of established cinema from West Africa, its director said. Up for the Best Foreign Language Film at Sunday’s ceremony, Abderrahmane Sissako’s film has already won two awards […]

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“Timbuktu”: A timely African Film on Islam — and a Spectacular Breakthrough

The wrenching, Oscar-nominated “Timbuktu” depicts Mali under jihadist rule — but it’s far more than an issue drama Even when you get past the eerie-coincidence level of Abderrahmane Sissako’s Oscar-nominated “Timbuktu” — a film about the causes, consequences and contradictions of Islamic extremism, made by an African director who lives in France – it’s an […]

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Film Africa 2014 Unveils Strong Lineup Set to Impress Londoners

To all readers up in London… highlights include several films previously covered on the blog, like “Timbuktu,” “Soleils,” “National Diploma,” “The Supreme Price,” and more, as well as films new to us, like Sergio Graciano’s “Njinga, Queen of Angola,” Rachel Samuel’s “Asni: Courage, Passion & Glamour in Ethiopia,” and others. Also of note is a celebration of Algeria’s 60th […]

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Africa in Motion 2014: Looking Back, Reaching Forward

Africa in Motion is back to showcase the vibrancy and diversity of African film, past and present. The ninth edition of the Africa in Motion Film Festival will return to Edinburgh and Glasgow from 24 October to 9 November. This year’s theme looking back and reaching forward, draws inspiration from the Adinkra symbol of the […]

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PHOTO ALERT: Lupita Nyong’o at “Charles James: Beyond Fashion” Costume Institute Gala

Guess who was at “Charles James: Beyond Fashion” Costume Institute Gala at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, US on Monday. It was none other than superstar Kenyan-Mexican actress Lupita Nyong’o and she was looking fab. From actress to fashonista, the woman of the moment continues to prove more and more how much she […]

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Lupita Nyong’o announced as People Magazine’s Most Beautiful star

Last year was a phenomenal time for relatively-unknown actress Lupita Nyong’o, starring in her first feature film, 12 Years A Slave. But it looks like 2014 is going to trounce last year with, not only an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress under her belt, but the 31-year-old being given the title of People magazine’s Most […]

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Genevieve Nnaji speaks on Half of a Yellow Sun

Top Nollywood actress, Genevieve Nnaji, who’s known to have played lead roles in many block-bluster movies, does not think the role she played in the film adaptation of Chimamanda Adichie’s Half of a Yellow Sun, was  as challenging as her  previous roles in movies. Speaking shortly after a private screening of the film at Silverbird […]

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Preview: 21st New York African Film Festival

New York (TADIAS) — At this year’s New York African Film Festival, which opens at Lincoln Center next month, audiences will be treated to the critically acclaimed Half of a Yellow Sun, adopted from the internationally best-selling novel of the same name by the Award-winning Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and directed by the U.K.-based Nigerian filmmaker […]

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