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'An African City' and 'School Girls' Star MaameYaa Boafo Lands Role in New NBC Legal Drama

The Ghanaian actor is set to play a private investigator in upcoming pilot, "Bluff City Law."

Coming off the heels of a successful run at MCC Theater for School Girls; or, the African Mean Girls Play, Ghana's own MaameYaa Boafo has secured the network TV bag.


Boafo is set to be a series regular in a NBC legal drama pilot in the works—Bluff City Law, Deadline reports. Starring alongside Jimmy Smits and Caitlin McGee, the series follows the lawyers of an elite Memphis firm that works through the most controversial landmark civil rights cases. Boafo's character is Briana Logan—a private investigator working in the firm.

"Led by legendary lawyer Elijah Strait (Smits) and his brilliant daughter, Sydney Keller (McGee), they take on the toughest David-and-Goliath cases while navigating their complicated relationship," Deadline shares.

If you followed Nicole Amarteifo's groundbreaking web series An African City, Boafo is surely a familiar face, where she starred as Nana Yaa as she and four independent African women in their 30s navigate life after returning to Ghana from abroad. Since then, she's been rocking the theatre world in School Girls, which landed her a nomination for a Lucille Lortell Award and for the Los Angeles Drama Circle Award for best actor. She also snagged the Drama Desk award for her role.

Bluff City Law is the show's current working title and was created by Dean Georgaris (The Brave), David Jallonari, Michael Aguilar and Universal TV. Boafo is repped by UTA, Atlas Artists and Frankfurt Kurnit.

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Angélique Kidjo on Africa Day: 'We demand not to be at the mercy of our circumstances anymore.'

We speak to the inimitable Angélique Kidjo who shares some of her refreshing thoughts on Africa Day.

Today is Africa Day and while primarily a commemoration of the formation of the African Union (AU) back in 1963, it has also become an opportunity to unapologetically celebrate Africa while providing a moment for reflection on how far we've come as a continent and as a people.

With this year's theme focused on "Silencing the Guns in the context of the COVID19", there has never been a more important time for deep reflection on our collective present and future as Africans.

And who better to share in that reflection than the legendary and inimitable Beninese musician Angélique Kidjo? A fierce African and artist who has paved the way for many of her contemporaries including Burna Boy, Davido, Thandiswa Mazwai, and several others, the four-time Grammy award winner emphasises the urgent need for unity among Africans. 'It's about time that people start realising that Africa is a continent. I've been saying this my entire career,' she says passionately.

OkayAfrica spoke briefly to Kidjo who shared some of her refreshing thoughts on this year's Africa Day.

This interview has been edited for length and clarity.

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Thandiswa Mazwai to Host 'Play Your Part Africa' Virtual Concert

'King Tha' will commemorate Africa Day with a virtual concert set to take place on May 30th.

South African musician Thandiswa Mazwai or "King Tha" as she's affectionately known, is set to bring the Africa Month celebrations to an end with a virtual concert commemorating Africa Day this Saturday on May 30th. The "Play Your Part Africa" concert is a collaboration between Brand South Africa, the Department of Sport, Arts and Culture as well as Constitution Hill which has hosted major cultural and historic events over the years.

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#BlackOutEid​: Young Black Muslims Shine as They Celebrate Eid

Young Black Muslims have found creative ways to celebrate community and share their best Eid looks, even as they #StayAtHome.

Eid Mubarak to our Muslim fam! Today marks Eid al-Fitr, the official end of the Holy Month of Ramadan.

Despite things being a little different this year (on account of the current pandemic, of course) this hasn't stopped many from finding creative ways to fast, pray and connect with their community during these times. It certainly hasn't stopped young Black Muslims from participating in the virtual tradition known as #BlackOutEid while they continue to #StayAtHome.

#BlackOutEid is an annual celebration which highlights the diversity within the Muslim world. It began in 2015, when Aamina Mohamed created the hashtag to combat the erasure of Black people within the community. Since then, the hashtag has been used across social media with Black Muslims using it to share their sharpest Eid looks.

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