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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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Whoisakin Channels His Love For Anime In the New Video For ‘Magic’

The single, featuring Olayinka Ehi, comes off his latest EP Full Moon Weekends.

Nigerian singer-songwriter Whoisakin is sharing a new music video to accompany his hit summer release, "Magic".

His roots certainly show true as his Lagos inspired trap soul/R&B sounds fill us up with feelings of summer and a love made from dreams.

High off of a recent feature in Rolling Stone, Whoisakin's latest music video comes off of his debut EP Full Moon Weekends, his first release as a part of Mr Eazi's #emPawa30 project.

With all of the successes and accomplishments that have come along with it, the original story behind the song isn't as sweet, "Magic was actually inspired by a summer 2019 fling I had with some girl", the 22-year-old singer says, "Even though I thought the relationship had potential at the early stages, she never felt the same way and it was just 'vibes' for her. I mean the moments were beautiful but they never lasted. I made the record a few weeks after we were over. She got upset at me and that was it."

He went on to speak about his first release into the music industry as, "a full story about me and my relationships in 2019, basically. I was doing an internship with some construction company at the time so I had a whole lot of time to live life (especially the nightlife), experience new things. So, I felt like an animated series for the whole tape would be the best way to share the story better. Plus, I'm a big anime fan."


Check out Whoisakin's music video for "Magic" here.


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Tomi Adeyemi Makes TIME Magazine's 100 Most Influential People List

'Children of Blood and Bone' author Tomi Adeyemi has been named as one of TIME Magazine's 100 Most Influential People.