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Cynthia Erivo to Star In Upcoming 'Rip Van Winkle' Film Musical by Nigerian Writer Amanda Idoko

The film, based on the colonial-era short story will also star Josh Gad.

Award-winning actress Cynthia Erivo has signed on for yet another exciting film project.

The British-Nigerian actress is set to star in an upcoming musical film inspired by the popular colonial American short story Rip van Winkle.

The script will be helmed by Nigerian writer Amanda Idoko—the writer behind the upcoming DC film Plastic Man, with original songs by Kate Anderson and Elissa Samse.


Actor Josh Gad who will also star in and executive produce the upcoming film, which tells the story of "a villager who falls asleep only to wake up decades later, missing the American Revolution," and is a cautionary tale about the dangers of sleeping one's life away, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Erivo will play Harriet Tubman in a highly-anticipated biopic about the abolitionist hero, set to drop later this year which will also star Janelle Monae, Joe Alwyn, Jennifer Nettles, Leslie Odom Jr. and Antonio J. Bell.

She'll also star in the upcoming HBO series The Outsider, by acclaimed sci-fi author Stephen King.



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Cynthia Erivo Responds to Stephen King's Tweet on Diversity

The British-Nigerian actress begs to differ with the veteran author's tweet on diversity and 'quality' in this year's Oscar nominations.

British-Nigerian actress Cynthia Erivo has responded to veteran author Stephen King's recent tweets on the issue of diversity and this year's Oscar nominations.

King has been subject to considerable backlash since his controversial tweet about how he would "never consider diversity" when it comes to evaluating art of awards citing that, "It seems to me that to do otherwise would be wrong."

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Cynthia Erivo Cancels Performance at BAFTAs Following All-White Nominations List

'I work hard, and every single person of color who is working in these films this year has worked really hard,' the actress says.

Cynthia Erivo recently declined an invitation to perform at this year's British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) awards following an all-White nominations list.

The British-Nigerian actress, who was recently nominated for two Golden Globe awards for her stellar performance in the biopic Harriet and her original song in a motion picture "Stand Up", said that she would not allow herself or her art be used as a "party trick" in the continued dismissal of performances by people of color at prominent awards shows.

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Watch Hindou Oumarou Ibrahim's  TED Talk on How Indigenous Knowledge Can Help Fight Climate Change

The Chadian activist—and one of OkayAfrica's 100 Women 2020—says traditional knowledge, as practiced in her native Mbororo community, is one of the keys to combatting climate change.

In a new TED Talk, climate activist, geographer and one of OkayAfrica's 100 Women 2020, Hindou Oumarou Ibrahim, discusses the role that indigenous knowledge can play in combatting climate change.

During the 13-minute talk, Ibrahim emphasizes how the exploration and acceptance of various knowledge systems–including those that fall outside of the scope of typical scientific research–can add to our understanding of ways to protect the environment. "I think, if we put together all the knowledge systems that we have -- science, technology, traditional knowledge -- we can give the best of us to protect our peoples, to protect our planet, to restore the ecosystem that we are losing," says Ibrahim.

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South Africans Condemn Police Brutality During National Lockdown

A number of videos have emerged on social media allegedly showing the intimidation and assault of several Black South Africans by law enforcement.

South Africa recently began a nationwide lockdown in an effort to contain the coronavirus outbreak.

The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) has been deployed across the nation to aid the police in ensuring that the rules of the lockdown are upheld. However, disturbing footage has emerged on social media allegedly depicting law enforcement agents assaulting Black South Africans.

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