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Chinonye Chukwu Has Been Tapped To Direct a Drama Based on Former Black Panther Leader Elaine Brown's Life

The Nigerian-American director will adapt the memoir of the first and only female leader of the Black Panther Party for the big screen.

After her film's world premiere was well-received at this year's Sundance Film Festival, Nigerian-American director Chinonye Chukwu has been tapped to depict a life and a moment in Black American history for the big screen.


Chukwu, who wrote and directed Clemency starring Alfre Woodard, is set to direct A Taste of Power—an adaptation of former Black Panther leader Elaine Brown's memoir, Deadline reports. Writer Alyssa Hill has been selected to adapt the screenplay.

"I am beyond thrilled and deeply honored to be bringing Elaine Brown's story to the screen," Chukwu says on Twitter. "Power to the people."

Brown led the Black Panther Party from 1974 to 1977—making her the first and only female leader to hold such a position. Taking on the role after Huey Newton was exiled to Cuba, she led the party through difficult points in Oakland, California to political success, while defending her community from local police, the FBI and disaffected party members, Deadline adds.

Robbie Brenner and Kevin McKeon (Unburdened Entertainment), as well as Scooter Braun and James Shin (SB Projects) will produce the project. Executive Producers include Elaine Brown, Jeff Kwatinetz, Scott Manson (SB Projects), Andrew Heckler and Brownwyn Cornelius, who is a producer on Chukwu's Clemency. Paradigm Talent Agency will handle the financing for the project.

"After developing this project for many years with Elaine and Alyssa Hill, I cannot think of a more fearless filmmaker than Chinonye Chukwu, whose nuanced film making coupled with her activism and outreach, makes her the perfect person to tackle Elaine's incredible story," Brenner says in a statement.

Chukwu is a Nigerian-born, Alaska-raised screenwriter, producer, director and activist. Her first feature film, Alaskaland, a story that follows the estranged relationship between a Nigerian-American brother and sister who reunite in their Alaskan hometown, was completed in 2012 and had a brief, successful film festival run. You can read more about her work leading up to A Taste of Power here.

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This Is What Fatoumata Diawara's NYC Concert Looked Like

In photos: the Malian singer performed a stunning show at The Town Hall.

Fatoumata Diawara played a mesmerizing show in New York City over the weekend.

The Malian singer, songwriter, guitarist and actor had The Town Hall swaying to a selection of songs from her latest Grammy-nominated album, Fenfo, as well as other classic cuts.

Fatoumata was joined on the night by a four-piece backing band that followed her every word and guitar riff, as she showcased her special blend of traditional Malian music and striking Bambara vocal melodies with elements of modern rock, funk, R&B and afrobeat.

"I didn't want to sing in English or French because I wanted to respect my African heritage," Fatoumata has mentioned."But I wanted a modern sound because that's the world I live in. I'm a traditionalist, but I need to experiment, too. You can keep your roots and influences but communicate them in a different style."

Fatoumata's main message, one which she stated throughout the show, is one of hope for the future of Africa and of female empowerment. It's "about the world, peace, how Africa can be a better place, especially for women, because I am one, and I am a survivor," she says. "I want to encourage those who have lost hope."

Browse through pictures from her show at The Town Hall, which was opened by Guatemala's Gabby Moreno, below.

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Togolese President Wins Re-election to Secure Fourth Term in Office

President Faure Gnassingbé prepares for a fourth term in office following an election wrought with fraud allegations.

Togo's electoral commission has just released the preliminary results of the first round of the presidential election.

President Faure Gnassingbé reportedly secured 72 percent of the vote while his main opposition and former Prime Minister Agbeyome Kodjo who straddled behind with just 18 percent of the vote, according to Aljazeera.

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Stormzy, YBN Cordae, Ari Lennox and Col3trane Added to Rocking The Daisies 2020 Lineup

Stormzy, YBN Cordae, Ari Lennox and Col3trane will be performing in South Africa during this year's edition of Rocking The Daisies.

Rocking The Daisies is celebrating its 15th year of existence this year. The popular music and lifestyle festival recently announced they have added four new names on the bills—UK's Stormzy and Col3trane alongside US rapper YBN Cordae and the singer Ari Lennox.

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Lupita Nyong'o, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Wizkid & More Bag NAACP Image Awards

Check out the full list of winners for this year's NAACP Image Awards.

The 51st NAACP Image Awards were held this past Saturday in Pasadena, California.

Naturally, the awards show pulled through and finally gave our fave Black performers the recognition they deserve for their outstanding performances last year.

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