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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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Burna Boy, Tinariwen, Michael Kiwanuka & More Nominated For 2021 Grammy Awards

The Nigerian star and Tuareg band are nominated in the newly named Best Global Music Album category.

The nominations for the 2021 Grammy Awards are in.

The awards show, which will be hosted by Trevor Noah, will see some of the world's biggest artists up for categories like Album of the Year, Song of the Year, Record of the Year and Best New Artist.

As we previously wrote about, the Grammys have renamed the international category of Best World Music Album to Best Global Music, in an effort to reportedly make it more modern and inclusive.

In that new Best Global Music Category, Nigerian afro-fusion star Burna Boy is nominated alongside Tuareg desert rock group Tinariwen, NYC afrobeat outfit Antibalas, Brazilian-American Bebel Gilberto and British-Indian sitar player Anoushka Shankar.

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