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Can’t Wait for the Release of ‘Queen of Katwe?’ Then You Need to Watch This Touching Extended Trailer

Watch new footage from Disney’s 'Queen of Katwe' featuring commentary from stars David Oyelowo and Lupita Nyong’o.

Disney’s upcoming film Queen of Katwe, starring Lupita Nyong’o and David Oyelowo, is a little more than a month away before it hits silver screens on September 23.


The film is based on a true story from titular novel by Tim Crothers, an American author and Sports Illustrated writer, about young Ugandan Phiona Mutesi turned chess prodigy and a Woman Candidate Master after a string of victories at the World Chess Olympiads.

Fresh, Ugandan face Madina Nalwanga portrays Mutesi, while Nyongo’ stars as her mother, Harriet Mutesi, and Oyelowo as her chess mentor, Robert Katenda, who instills in the young girl from the streets of rural Uganda a sense of confidence and self-determination through the game of chess.

Leading up to the theatrical release of the heartwarming film, a new "Labor of Love" featurette has been released that includes never-before-seen footage from the film set in Uganda as well as commentary from the director Mira Nair, Oyelowo and Nyong’o.

“I think it put things into perspective. I felt very privileged and honored to usher these children through this,” Nyong’o says with tears cascading down her exquisite cheekbones. “I said to them this is our opportunity to tell the world your story. And that was a moment where real life and the world of cinema, that line no longer exists.”

I’ll let Oyelowo, who recently announced a scholarship program benefiting victims of gender-based violence in Nigeria, do the honors of introducing the extended trailer:

Hi everyone! For me the Queen of Katwe is basically a love letter to my daughter Zoe, but it's also a love letter to anyone out there who has an ability, a gift or a talent that they would love to share with the world. So I hope you enjoy this clip from our film, Queen of Katwe.

Enjoy, and check out new photos from Queen of Katwe below:

Photo credit: Edward Echwalu

Photo credit: Edward Echwalu

Photo credit: Edward Echwalu

Photo credit: Edward Echwalu

Interview

Interview: TOBi Is Making Unapologetic Soul Music

We talk to the Nigerian-Canadian artist about his latest project ELEMENTS, his creative process, mental health and more.

It's a big year for music, and in the midst of many good drops from the motherland and beyond, we caught up with Nigerian-Canadian singer/songwriter TOBi to discuss his recently released 10-track project ELEMENTS.

ELEMENTS is a fusion of old-school soul, contemporary rap sequences, clever lyrical symbols & metaphors. and melancholic vibes which reference TOBi's Nigerian heritage through afrobeats, the reality of his life and the state of the world today. The compilation features production from Nigerian producer Juls on "Dollas and Cents" and "Made Me Everything and Shine."

Below, we also discuss his creative process and passion for mental health with the announcement of an exciting collaboration. "I'm attracted and curious about so many things in life that I can't help but bring [them] into my world and craft," the multi-genre artist says.

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