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Danai Gurira Signs a Major 2-Year Deal with ABC Studios

The actress and playwright is set to develop, write and produce projects for ABC studios.

Danai Gurira's year is definitely off to a great start.

The multi-hyphenate star has just signed a 2-year deal with ABC which will see her developing, writing and producing a number of projects for the studio, according to The Wrap.

The deal comes just as the American-Zimbabwean actress's role as Michonne on AMC's original series The Walking Dead comes to a close.


Jonnie Davis, President of ABC Studios, spoke about the recent deal with Gurira saying, "From Zimbabwe to Wakanda to Broadway, there is no one like Danai Gurira." Davis added, "The scope of her talents and the breadth of her abilities are simply astonishing. We are over the moon that she has chosen to make ABC Studios her exclusive home."

Responding to Davis' comments, Gurira expressed her excitement at working with ABC studios in a statement that read:

"I am thrilled to work with Jonnie and his stellar team at ABC Studios. Their commitment to the feminine perspective aligns with my goals as a storyteller. I am excited to amplify unheard voices and bring to light narratives that will tackle universal themes while they simultaneously break barriers and bring new faces, voices and influences to the screen."Gurira has made some serious career moves following her debut on Broadway back in 2009.

Not withstanding her roles in major titles such as Black Panther, Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame, the actress has also produced critically acclaimed plays including The Convert and the Tony-nominated Eclipsed which starred Mexican-Kenyan actress Lupita Nyong'o.

Gurira will also executive produce the HBO Max series adapted from Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's novel Americanah.

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Blitz the Ambassador Named 2020 Guggenheim Fellow

The Ghanaian artist and filmmaker is among 175 "individuals who have demonstrated exceptional capacity for productive scholarship or exceptional creative ability in the arts."

Ghanaian filmmaker Blitz Bazawule, also known as Blitz the Ambassador has been named a 2020 Guggenheim fellow.

The musician, artist and director behind he critically acclaimed film The Burial of Kojo, announced the news via social media on Thursday, writing: "Super excited to announce I've been awarded the Guggenheim 2020 Fellowship. Truly grateful and inspired."

He is among 175 scholars, "appointed on the basis of prior achievement and exceptional promise, the successful candidates were chosen from a group of almost 3,000 applicants in the Foundation's ninety-sixth competition," says the Guggenheim.

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6 South African Podcasts to Listen to During the Lockdown

Here are six South African podcasts worth listening to.

South Africa has been on lockdown for almost two weeks as a measure to curb the spread of the COVID-19 virus, and it looks like the period might just get extended. If you are one of those whose work can't be done from home, then you must have a lot of time in your hands. Below, we recommend six South African podcasts you can occupy yourself with and get empowered, entertained and informed.


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7 South African Punk Bands You Should Check Out

Here are some South African punk bands—old and new—that you should be listening to.

For many years, the punk scene in South Africa has been thriving through a hands-on DIY attitude in which bands can foster their own homegrown audience without relying on mainstream culture. Music festivals like Soweto Rock Revolution have played a big part in it. Bands like National Wake showed the way and TCIYF are following that path and making punk more relevant than ever in the country.

Here are seven South African punk bands you should check out.

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South African Actor Charles 'Big Boy' Maja Has Passed Away

Tributes are pouring in for the beloved actor who starred in the popular South African television drama 'Skeem Saam'.

South African actor and former radio broadcaster, Charles Maja, has passed away according to reports by TimesLIVE. Affectionately known as "Big Boy", the name of the character he played on the popular local drama series Skeem Saam, the actor reportedly suffered a fatal stroke earlier this morning while in the northern province of Limpopo. He was just 54.

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