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Danai Gurira Will Play Tupac Shakur’s Mom In The 'All Eyez On Me' Biopic

Danai Gurira has been cast as Afeni Shakur, the real-life mother of Tupac Shakur, in the forthcoming 'All Eyez On Me' biopic.

Danai Gurira as Adenike in Andrew Dosunmu's Mother of George


It wasn’t enough that Danai Gurira starred in one of last year's biggest sensations on TV. Eclipsed, the Liberian civil war drama she penned in 2009, debuted at New York’s Public Theater with Lupita Nyong’o in the lead. But if 2015 was good for the Zimbabwean-American actress, 2016 is shaping up to be the year the Mother of George star completely takes over.

Eclipsed officially heads to Broadway next month, and Gurira’s already got another play slated for a New York debut in February. Familiar, which tells the story of a Zimbabwean family in Minnesota, will begin its off-Broadway run at Playwrights Horizons with performances set to begin February 12 and opening night on March 3.

And now, Deadline reports Gurira, 37, has been cast as Afeni Shakur, the real-life mother of Tupac Shakur, in the forthcoming biopic, All Eyez On Me. The movie, which Afeni Shakur, 68, is an executive producer on, stars newcomer Demetrius Shipp, Jr. as the late rapper. Shooting has begun in Atlanta with hip-hop music video director Benny Boom at the helm. According to Deadline:

“A political activist and member of the Black Panthers, Afeni raised her son to be a voracious reader with a political awareness that informed his development as a street poet. The film covers Tupac’s rise to stardom as a hip-hop artist and actor, as well as his imprisonment and prolific, controversial stint at Death Row Records, where he was steeped in the East Coast/West Coast rap war.”

Update 4:20pm EST, January 12: Variety reports Kat Graham will portray Jada Pinkett Smith in All Eyez on Me. Smith, who was high school classmates with Shakur at the Baltimore School for the Arts, recently reflected on their longtime friendship in an interview with Howard Stern.

Update: 6:25pm EST, January 15: Our friends at Shadow & Act have pointed out that the film's star, Demetrius Shipp Jr., has been sharing photos and clips from the set of All Eyez On Me via his Twitter page. Today he posted one of him and his co-star, Danai Gurira.

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Casanova, Davido & Tory Lanez' '2AM' Will Soundtrack Your Weekend

Flatbush meets Lagos and Toronto in this addictive new single.

Brooklyn rapper Casanova rolls through with an energetic new collaboration with Davido and Tory Lanez.

"2AM" sees the rapper going in over highly-infectious afrobeats-meets-pop beat work, in the same vein as we've heard from massive hits like "Unforgettable." The song was produced by 30 Roc.

The single features the star power of Davido and Tory Lanez which gives "2AM" the increased potential to be one of those huge new jams that'll be getting constant spins this year on both sides of the Atlantic (it's already got the top slot in Spotify's African Heat playlist).

The music video kicks off in Atlanta but eventually follows Casanova to Lagos, where he connects with Davido in Shitta. The clip was directed by Nigeria's Meji Alabi, the creative force behind many of your favorite afrobeats videos.

"2AM" is the lead single from Casanova's upcoming EP, Free At Last, which is due from Roc Nation/Def Jam Recordings on February 15.

We talked to Casanova below to learn a little more about this new collaboration and sound for him.

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Dive Into TOBi's New Music Video For 'City Blues'

The Nigerian-Canadian rapper delivers a solid jam.

TOBi is a Nigerian-born, Toronto-based rapper making music inspired by his early life move to Canada and the experiences around immigration and culture shock.

You might have previously heard his track, "Hidden Fences," closing out the finale of Insecure or gotten into his 2016 debut EP, FYi.

TOBi is now sharing the new single and music for "City Blues," which sees the rapper taking cues from Marvin Gaye's "Inner City Blues" over a beat produced by Free n Losh. It's the first taste we're hearing from his upcoming debut album due later this year.

"[City Blues is] written from one perspective within the African diaspora, pertaining to being caught between two worlds and reclaiming my ethnic identity," TOBi tells OkayAfrica. "Embracing my name has been a crucial part of my personal growth."

"I drew inspiration from the Shakespeare quote: 'All the world's a stage, and all the men and women merely players; They have their exits and their entrances, and one man in his time plays many parts.' City Blues speaks about the many roles that a human takes on at once but from my perspective," he adds.

Get into it below.

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Issa Rae to Star In Murder Mystery Rom-Com, 'The Lovebirds,' With Kumail Nanjiani

Issa Rae isn't playing with us in 2019!

Issa Rae has added yet another exciting project to her growing list for 2019, and we're totally here for it.

The actress and Insecure showrunner is set to star alongside comedian and Silicon Valley star Kumail Nanjiani in the upcoming romantic comedy The Lovebirds, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

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