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The Latest Sneak Peek from Disney's 'The Lion King' Features the One and Only Beyoncé

As the voice of Nala, she urges Simba to come home.

Disney has released its newest clip from the live-action remake of The Lion King featuring none other than Beyoncé.

Voicing Nala, she urges Simba, voiced by Donald Glover, to take his rightful place as king and come home.

"We need you," Nala says in the sneak peek.

We also get another glimpse of Scar (Chiwetel Ejiofor), Rafiki (John Kani), Pumba (Seth Rogan), Timon (Billy Eichner) and more in the clip.

Watch below.


The Lion King Sneak Peek | "Come Home" youtu.be

Here's the synopsis of the live-action take on this classic childhood film from Disney:

'The Lion King,' directed by Jon Favreau ('The Jungle Book'), journeys to the African savanna where a future king is born. Simba idolizes his father, King Mufasa and takes to heart his own royal destiny. But not everyone in the kingdom celebrates the new cub's arrival. Scar, Mufasa's brother—and former heir to the throne—has plans of his own. The battle for Pride Rock is ravaged with betrayal, tragedy and drama, ultimately resulting in Simba's exile. With help from a curious pair of newfound friends, Simba will have to figure out how to grow up and take back what is rightfully his.

The Lion King opens in theaters July 19. Revisit the full official trailer here.

(Photo by Jack Vartoogian/Getty Images)

Blitz the Ambassador Named 2020 Guggenheim Fellow

The Ghanaian artist and filmmaker is among 175 "individuals who have demonstrated exceptional capacity for productive scholarship or exceptional creative ability in the arts."

Ghanaian filmmaker Blitz Bazawule, also known as Blitz the Ambassador has been named a 2020 Guggenheim fellow.

The musician, artist and director behind he critically acclaimed film The Burial of Kojo, announced the news via social media on Thursday, writing: "Super excited to announce I've been awarded the Guggenheim 2020 Fellowship. Truly grateful and inspired."

He is among 175 scholars, "appointed on the basis of prior achievement and exceptional promise, the successful candidates were chosen from a group of almost 3,000 applicants in the Foundation's ninety-sixth competition," says the Guggenheim.

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Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.

6 South African Podcasts to Listen to During the Lockdown

Here are six South African podcasts worth listening to.

South Africa has been on lockdown for almost two weeks as a measure to curb the spread of the COVID-19 virus, and it looks like the period might just get extended. If you are one of those whose work can't be done from home, then you must have a lot of time in your hands. Below, we recommend six South African podcasts you can occupy yourself with and get empowered, entertained and informed.


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7 South African Punk Bands You Should Check Out

Here are some South African punk bands—old and new—that you should be listening to.

For many years, the punk scene in South Africa has been thriving through a hands-on DIY attitude in which bands can foster their own homegrown audience without relying on mainstream culture. Music festivals like Soweto Rock Revolution have played a big part in it. Bands like National Wake showed the way and TCIYF are following that path and making punk more relevant than ever in the country.

Here are seven South African punk bands you should check out.

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