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Danai Gurira Is Set To Present Her Play 'The Convert' at London's Young Vic This Year

The "Black Panther" actor and playwright is bringing the 1890s Rhodesia-set drama, to the prominent British theater company.

Danai Gurira is not only fierce in front of the camera, and she's continuing to prove that as she makes waves in the theater world.

Gurira's stage play The Convert will be showing from December to January at London's Young Vic, Shadow and Act reports. The announcement was part of the prominent British theater's release of new shows under its new artistic director, Kwame Kwei-Armah.


The Convert is set in Rhodesia in 1896, and follows the journey of a young woman named Jekesai, who turns to Catholicism while fleeing a forced marriage. The play is said to explore the impact that colonialism and Catholicism on black identity. Gurira, who lends her own middle name to the play's main character, grew up in Zimbabwe and uses the country as the setting in several of her plays.

If you were familiar with Gurira before she slayed as the leader of the Dora Milaje in Black Panther, you'll know how dynamic she is in theater world. She co-wrote and co-starred in her first play In the Continuum, which the cast performed in Harare in commemoration of World Aids Day. Her Tony-nominated play Eclipsed, which starred her Black Panther co-star Lupita Nyong'o, was the first to feature an all black female cast and creative team on Broadway in 2016.

The Young Vic will stage the return of The Convent, which originally premiered in 2012 and earned Gurira a Whiting Award for her dramatic writing.

While her play doesn't premiere until December, you can still see Gurira weilding a spear as she reprises her role as Okoye in Avengers: Infinity Wars later this month.

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Lukhanyo Mdingi on Making his Paris Fashion Week Debut

We talked to the South African designer who, after co-winning the LMVH Prize last year, showcased his Bodyland Autumn/Winter 22-23 collection in Paris earlier this month.

In 2015, South African designer Lukhanyo Mdingi founded his eponymous label. Inspired by his mother and grandmother who raised him, Mdingi has created a formidable brand that is centered on building a bridge between heritage and timeless fashion pieces. Since the brand’s inception, Mdingi has made great strides in fashion, from his NYFW debut in 2019 to being crowned a joint winner of the 2021 LVMH Karl Lagerfeld Prize.

This year, Mdingi took his vision of Africa to France’s fashion capital, Paris, where he made his Bodyland Autumn/Winter 22-23 debut for the Paris Fashion Week Menswear Collection. Being the first designer on the program schedule to present, Mdingi showcased a collection that spoke of the relationship he shares with himself and the artisans he collaborates with. For the past two years, Mdingi has been working to source his woven textiles and knitwear from crafts communities in Burkina Faso, Somalia, and the Eastern Cape, and the collection featured textural and sartorial nuances paying homage to his being a young Black creative.

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Ayra Starr Proves That She Is Not To Be Toyed With In New Video For 'Beggie Beggie'

The Nigerian superstar joins forces with fellow singer CKay in her latest run at topping the charts.

Nigerian singer Ayra Starr joins forces with fellow Nigerian crooner CKay to bring fans a passionate reminder of how complex romantic relationships can be. The 19-year singer-songwriter has finally gifted us with the accompanying visuals to power ballad 'Beggie Beggie', off of her 2021 debut album 19 & Dangerous.

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The Ebo Sisters on Debuting Their First Feature Film at Sundance

Nigerian-American filmmakers Adamma and Adnanne Ebo are premiering their debut feature film Honk for Jesus. Save Your Soul, starring Regina Hall and Sterling K. Brown at the Sundance Film Festival.

Growing up in Atlanta’s Nigerian community, the church played a big part in the lives of Adamma and Adanne Ebo. So it’s no surprise the identical twin sisters, who founded Ejime Productions (twins in Igbo) together, centered their first feature film around the subject of religion.

Honk for Jesus. Save Your Soul is making its debut at the Sundance Film Festival, with Adamma as writer-director and Adanne as producer, alongside the likes of Regina Hall and Sterling K Brown, who star in the film, and Daniel Kaluuya. The film is a satire on for-profit religion, exploring a couple, played by Hall and Brown, who run a Southern Baptist megachurch trying to manage the aftermath of a scandal.

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A Ugandan Author Has Been Abducted By The Military For Calling The President's Son 'Obese'

Ugandan courts set Kakwenza Rukirabashaija free on bail this week before unidentified security forces "picked him up". His whereabouts are currently unknown.