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Angelica Nwandu Is Launching 3 New Original Series on The Shade Room

The premier Instagram-driven platform covering all things black celebrity gossip is venturing into original programming.

Angelica Nwandu is set to take the impact of her platform The Shade Room to another level with new original programming, Variety reports.

The Nigerian-American founder and media mogul of the premier Instagram-driven publication covering all things black culture and celebrity gossip will be launching three new original series on the platform later this year.


The slate of shows are "Petty Court," a court show for folks to air their petty issues hosted by Instagram influencer Landon Romano, "Struggle Chef," a cooking competition show featuring Love and Hip Hop's Ray J and Joseline Hernandez as well as Basketball Wives' Tami Roman, and "F-boy Chronicles," a New York City-set investigative show about none other than—f*ck boys.

"The goal of the new programming is to give our audience what we feel they are lacking," Nwandu says to Variety. "We want to give them curated digital programming that is tailored to their interests. The series reinforce our commitment to providing entertainment that caters to black culture and allows us to collaborate even more closely with our Roommates, who truly make TSR feel like a family."

Each show will run four to five episodes will be brief at 10 to 15 minutes. They will be produced by Tarvenia "T" Jones, a Daytime Emmy nominee, and Judith Nwandu—Angelica's sister. The Shade Room founder will helm as the executive producer of the series.

Nwandu was highlighted as one of the OkayAfrica 100 Women honorees in 2018. Revisit her conversation with The Is Us and Queen Sugar writer Kay Oyegun—another 2018 honoree—where they talk in depth about the power of words and emotional connections in the clip below.

OkayAfrica 100 Women: Kay Oyegun + Angelica Nwandu on The Power In Our Words youtu.be

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Photo by Kwesi Yanful, courtesy of MIZIZI.

MIZIZI Has Released a Special Edition 'Lion King' Jersey in Collaboration with Disney

The sleek baseball jersey was designed to celebrate the 25th anniversary of "The Lion King."

MIZIZI returns with yet another timely collaboration—this time with Disney to commemorate the 25th anniversary of our childhood classic, The Lion King.

The African streetwear brand says through the jersey's kid sizes, it now has the opportunity to cater to the next generation of viewers of the upcoming live-action remake that's to open in theaters this week. "The Lion King marked many of our childhoods," the brand says in a statement. "Much before we were aware of our identities, it resonated with us."

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Watch the Intense Trailer for 'Don't Let Go,' Starring David Oyelowo

Oyelowo and Storm Reid shine in the new trailer for the upcoming psychological thriller.

David Oyelowo and A Wrinkle In Time star, Storm Reid are on a psychological journey to escape death in the new trailer for their film Don't Let Go.

Both actors give heavy performances, as the film sees Oyelowo taking on the role of a police officer, Jack Radcliff, who has a chance to change the chain of events that led to the murder of his niece Ashley (Storm Reid), and hopefully save her.

The film was written and directed by Jacob Aaron Estes, with the producers of Get Out. Oyelowo himself is also a producer on the film.

Read: In Conversation: Abiola Oke With David Oyelowo

Don't Let Go also stars Brian Tyree Henry, Alfred Molina and Mykelti Williamson, Shinelle Azoroh, Byron Mann, and April Grace. The film, which originally premiered at Sundance under the title Relive, is due out in theaters on August 30.

Back in March, it was announced that Oyelowo is also working on his very own directorial debut The Water Man, which will be executive produced by Oprah Winfrey.

Watch the trailer for Don't Let Go below.

Don't Let Go - Official Trailer (2019) www.youtube.com

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Watch the Music Video for Patoranking's 'Wilmer'

The artist's beautiful visual ode to his daughter will tug at your heartstrings.

Earlier this year, Nigerian artist Patoranking dropped his 12-track sophomore album, Wilmer, which he dedicated to his daughter. The same-titled track, which features French-born Georgian singer and songwriter Bera, sees Patoranking professing his immense love for his daughter.

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