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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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South Africans are Reacting to the Constitutional Court's Ruling on Spanking

Not everyone is happy that spanking is now unconstitutional.

Yesterday, South Africa's Constitutional Court ruled that the spanking of children is now unconstitutional. The ruling upheld a previous ruling by the High Court back in 2017, that criminalized spanking after a father beat his 13-year-old son "in a manner that exceeded the bounds of reasonable chastisement". Parents or guardians can no longer use the common law defense of "reasonable chastisement" should they be charged with assault for spanking their children. While many South Africans as well as children's rights activists and organizations have welcomed the ruling, others have rubbished it entirely.

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AKA is Taking His Orchestra Show to Durban

AKA will be performing in Durban with The KZN Philharmonic Orchestra.

It seems AKA's Orchestra on The Square, which took place in Pretoria in March this year, was the first in a series of shows.

Supa Mega is taking the show to Durban on the 2nd November at the ICC Arena in Durban. The artist will be assisted by The KZN Philharmonic Orchestra, which is widely regarded as one of Africa's premier orchestras. A number of surprise guests will join Supa Mega on the night.

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Here's What the South African Government has Promised to Do About Gender-based Violence

They have pledged 1.1 billion Rand towards the fight against gender-based violence.

Over the past two weeks, South Africans took to the streets to protest against the rise in gender-based violence and violence towards children. These protests were in response to the horrific rape and murder of several young women, one after the other. Students at various universities across the country organized marches and vigils in while others marched to the parliament buildings in Cape Town and more recently at the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE). President Cyril Ramaphosa addressed the protesters outside the parliament buildings and promised that the government would respond swiftly to the rising war on women. Yesterday, Ramaphosa called for a joint sitting of the National Assembly and National Council of Provinces to discuss the way forward, News24 reports.

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