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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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ProVerb’s Memoir Is A Huge Slap In The Face To South African Hip-Hop

In his memoir, one of South Africa's revered lyricists ProVerb and his co-author compromise his rich story with trite motivational talk.

The Book of Proverb

ProVerb has had a strange relationship with the SA hip-hop scene. Albeit being one of the most gifted lyricists the country has ever seen, he has grown to flow less and hustle more. Despite this, his name still comes up when the greatest (South) African rappers of all time are mentioned. MTV Base placed him as the 7th in their list of the greatest SA MCs of all time in 2018 for example.

The rapper-turned-media personality dedicates a paragraph of his memoir, The Book of Proverb, to explaining his complicated relationship with hip-hop. "Although I built my brand as a hip-hop artist, I never enjoyed full support or success from it," he writes. "Music is and always will remain a pass ion, but it stopped being viable when it stopped making business sense to me. If I was given more support, I might continue, but for now, I'll focus on my other hustles."

On the cover of the book which was released towards the end of 2020 by Penguin, Verb is wearing a charcoal blazer and sporting a white ball cap, so one can be forgiven for getting into it expecting both sides of his story. This memoir, however, is too vague to be a worthy read if you aren't necessarily reading to get motivated but to be simply informed and inspired.

While a few of The Book of ProVerb's chapters touch on his rap career, most of the book is about ProVerb the man, personality and businessman. Not so much one of the country's finest lyricists. This omission is a huge slap in the face for his fans and SA hip-hop fans in general.

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Filmmaker Akinola Davies Jr Explores the Sweet Spot Between Nollywood & Hollywood

Winner of the 2021 Sundance Film Festival, London-based Nigerian filmmaker Akinola Davies Jr speaks about his experimental film 'Lizard', what belonging looks like and the overlap between Hollywood and Nollywood.