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See Danai Gurira Portray Afeni Shakur In New ‘All Eyez On Me’ Trailer Timed with the 20th Anniversary of Tupac’s Death

Like all Black leaders, you have a bulls-eye on your back.”

Zimbabwean actress-playwright Danai Gurira makes an appearance in the new trailer of upcoming Tupac biopic All Eyez on Me, portraying the late Afeni ShakurTupac Shakur’s mother, former Black Panther and protector of Tupac's legacy and estate.


The timing of the teaser's drop is apt as September 13 marks the 20th anniversary since Tupac’s drive-by murder on the Las Vegas strip in 1996.

In a previous version of the trailer, we could only hear Gurira narrate. In this version, she appears at the 0:27 mark, wearing a yellow wax print head wrap, advising her son, played by Demetrius Shipp Jr., who actually strongly resembles Tupac.

“Like all Black leaders, you have a bulls-eye in your back,” she warns before Tupac stubbornly responds, “I ain’t no Black leader.”

“They are going to come after you with everything you owe. They are going to give you the tools that you need to destroy yourself,” Gurira as Afeni continues as scenes of Tupac in the studio, walking off a private jet, and meeting with Suge Knight, co-founder of Tupac’s music label Death Row Records who was in the car when the iconic rapper was barraged by bullets.

“To thy own self be true. I love you and I know you are going to survive all of this,” Gurira lovingly says, amid scenes depicting the final moments of Tupac’s life.

Afeni served as an executive producer on the Benny Boom-directed film before her death in May.

The second teaser runs 1:42 and offers insight into the flavor fans can expect from the film.

Watch the trailer below, and see Danai Gurira as Afeni Shakur when the biopic hits theaters November 11.

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This Compilation Shines a Light On East African Underground Music

We talk to a few of the artists featured on the Music For the Eagles compilation from Uganda's Nyege Nyege.

Nyege Nyege, a label in Kampala, Uganda is channelling the confidence brimming over a whole continent. Africa is no longer the future. For dance music, its time is right now.

Music For the Eagles is a compilation released in conjunction with Soundcloud to showcase the best new acts that East Africa has to offer outside the mainstream. A new wave of artists firmly blasting non-conformist energy for you to spasm to. Music that takes you places. Otim Alpha's high BPM wedding frenzy of incessant rasping vocals accompanied by feverous violin will have you clawing the walls to oblivion. Anti Vairas' dancehall from a battleship with super galactic intentions doesn't even break a sweat as it ruins you. FLO's beautiful sirens call, is a skittish and detuned nursery rhyme that hints at a yearning for love but reveals something far more unnerving. Ecko Bazz's tough spiralling vocal over sub-bass and devil trap energy is an anthem that can only be bewailed. And Kidane Fighter's tune is more trance-like prayer. These are only some of the highlights for you to shake it out to.

We got to chat with a few of the artists featured on the Music For the Eagles compilation as they took a break from the studio below.

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