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Charlize Theron's New Car Show 'Hyperdrive' is the Real-life Version of 'Fast & Furious'

The South African-born actress has produced the reality show for Netflix.

South African-born Hollywood actress, Charlize Theron, has come a long way from her Academy Award-winning role in the 2003 film Monster. In 2017, she joined the cast of the eighth installment of the Fast & Furious franchise as a cyberterrorist known as Cypher, who blackmails Dominic Teretto (Vin Diesel) into betraying the rest of the crew. According to Deadline, Theron, along with Helen Mirren, will be returning to the big screen once again for Fast & Furious 9 which will be released next year in May.

More recently, however, Theron has produced a reality television show that seems to be inspired by her role in the blockbuster street racing film. Hyperdrive will see race drivers from all over the world competing with one another on one of the most difficult obstacle courses ever built in an abandoned industrial complex.


From Ford Mustangs to Lamborghinis, this extreme reality car show may not have racers leaping from one skyscraper to the next, but it's still pretty badass. It's the third show to be introduced by Netflix as part of its strategy to launch a number of "automotive-focused" television shows.

Twenty-year-old Stacey-Lee May, who is regarded as South Africa's "Spinning Queen", will also be one of the racing participants on the new show.

Speaking about her latest venture on Instagram, Theron said, "I've been wanting to get into the reality/competition TV game for a while and I'm SO excited to present to you a show I'm producing: @hyperdrivenetflix." She added that, "AND I got to drift with a fellow South African so that's a bucket list item I can happily cross off."

Hyperdrive will officially be available on Netflix on August 21st.

Watch the trailer for Hyperdrive below:

Hyperdrive | Official Trailer | Netflix www.youtube.com

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Reekado Banks Recalls The Carnage of The #EndSARS Protests In Single 'Ozumba Mbadiwe'

The Nigerian singer pays his respects to those lost during last year's #EndSARS protests.

Nigerian singer and songwriter Reekado Banks is back with a track that is as socially important as it is a banger. It seems fitting for the singer's first solo release of the year to be a tribute to his fellow countrypeople fighting for a country that they all wish to live in. The 27-year-old Afrobeats crooner has returned with endearing track 'Ozumba Mbadiwe', honoring the one-year anniversary of the #EndSARS protests that saw the Nigerian government authorize an onslaught of attacks on Nigerian citizens for their anti-government demonstrations.

The protests took the world by storm, additionally because the Nigerian government insists that none of the police brutality happened. In an attempt to gaslight the globe, Nigerian officials have come out to hoards to deny any and all accusations of unlawfully killing peaceful protesters. Banks mentions the absurd denials in the track, singing "October 20, 2020 something happened with the government, they think say we forget," in the second verse. Reekado's reflective lyrics blend smoothly and are supported by the upbeat, effortless Afrobeat rhythm.

In another reflective shoutout to his home, 'Ozumba Mbadiwe' is named after a popular expressway on Lagos Island that leads to the infamous Lekki Toll Gate where protesters were shot at, traumatized, and murdered. Although packed with conscious references, the P.Priime produced track is a perfect amalgamation of the talents that Reekado Banks has to offer; a wispy opening verse, a hook to kill, and an ethereal aura to mark this as a song as a hit. On "Ozumba Mbadiwe," all the elements align for Reekado's signature unsinkable sound to take flight.

Check out Reekado Bank's lyric video for his single 'Ozumba Mbadiwe'

Reekado Banks - Ozumba Mbadiwe (Lyric Video) www.youtube.com

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