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Barkhad Abdi Joins A-List Hollywood Stars for the ‘Blade Runner’ Sequel

The Somali-American actor, who first appeared in ‘Captain Phillips’ has scored his third feature film.

Remember Somali-American actor Barkhad Abdi from Captain Phillips, which scored him an Oscars nomination for Best Supporting Actor in 2013?


The Hollywood Reporter reports Abdi is the latest actor to sign onto Alcon Entertainment’s Blade Runner sequel, also starring Nice Guys Ryan Gosling, Star Wars Harrison Ford, House of Cards Robin Wright and WWE champ Dave Bautista.

Abdi will begin filming the Warner Bros. and Sony Pictures production, which is currently unnamed, in July.

The Denis Villeneuve-directed sequel, based on the novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep by Phillip K. Dick, takes place several decades after the 1982 Ridley Scott sci-fi noir classic.

This is Abdi’s third feature film, he also appeared in Eye In the Sky. He’s come a long way since his humble beginnings in Mogadishu and Minnesota, where he made a living as a limousine chauffeur, a DJ and sold mobile phones (gotta have your side hustle).

It’s clear the words Abdi said to Tom Hanks while portraying a Somali pirate ringleader, “I’m the captain now,” are ringing true.

Photo by Meztli Yoalli Rodríguez

Dying Lagoons Reveal Mexico’s Environmental Racism

In the heart of a traditionally Black and Indigenous use area in Southwest Mexico, decades of environmental destruction now threatens the existence of these communities.

On an early morning in September 2017, in a little fishing village in the Pacific coast of Oaxaca, called Zapotalito, thousands of dead fish floated on the surface of the Chacahua-Pastoría lagoons. A 7.1-magnitude earthquake, which rattled Mexico City on September 19, was felt as far down as Zapotalito, and the very next morning, its Black, Indigenous and poor Mestizo residents, who depend on the area's handful of lagoons for food and commerce, woke up to an awful smell and that terrible scene of floating fish.

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