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Here's Your First Look At Idris Elba In The 'Beasts Of No Nation' Film Adaptation

Netflix unveils a release date and teaser trailer for the Idris Elba-starring film adaptation of Uzodinma Iweala's 'Beasts Of No Nation.'


Yesterday, Netflix announced an official release date and unveiled a harrowing teaser trailer for its very first original film, Beasts Of No Nation. The screen adaptation of Nigerian writer and Ventures Africa editor-in-chief Uzodinma Iweala’s debut novel (which takes its name from a 1989 Fela Kuti record), the film tells the story of Agu (portrayed by Abraham Attah in his debut role), a young boy torn from his family and forced to join a unit of mercenary fighters in the civil war of an unnamed West African country. Idris Elba plays the part of the brutal Commandant who recruits Agu. The film, which was shot last year in Ghana, is written and directed by Emmy Award-winning True Detective director Cary Fukunaga.

Beasts Of No Nation will hit select theaters on October 16th, the same day it will begin streaming on Netflix– thus allowing the film to be eligible for Oscar consideration, whilst remaining the subject of a boycott by the four largest cinema chains in the U.S. According to Variety, Netflix is partnering with Bleecker Street and Landmark to open the film in 19 cities across the U.S., including New York, Los Angeles, Boston, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington, D.C., Atlanta, Indianapolis, Detroit, Chicago, Minneapolis, Milwaukee, St. Louis, Houston, Dallas, Denver, Seattle, San Francisco and San Diego.

Also announced this week, the film has been selected to screen in September at the Venice Film Festival (its world premiere) and the Toronto International Film Festival (its Canadian premiere).

Watch a teaser trailer below.

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Listen to Zingah's 'Sessions At The Crib'

Zingah is back with 'Sessions At The Crib' featuring AKA, Amanda Black, Emtee, KLY, YoungstaCPT and more.

Zingah has come back just in time for December vibes with new album Sessions At The Crib. The 11-track album features AKA, Amanda Black, Emtee, KLY, YoungstaCPT and more. Sessions At The Crib is Zingah's second album in the rapper's decade long career. On a Different was released earlier in the year and EP For the Level was released in 2018. Zingah plays around with alternative sounds in Sessions at the Crib which deserves a play with no skips because each track blazes on a different level.

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