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Danai Gurira Talks All-Female 'Avengers' Movie Rumors & Visiting Nigeria On 'Ellen'

The actress talks 'Avengers,' working on her new mini-series adaptation of 'Americanah' and more with Ellen DeGeneres.

Danai Gurira stopped by The Ellen Show on Wednesday to discuss her role in Avengers: Infinity War, Walking Dead, her work as a writer and her upcoming mini-series based on Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's Americanah, which she's developing with Black Panther co-star Lupita Nyong'o.

When asked if she gets recognized everywhere she goes now, due to her success, the actor told a quick story about how she was recognized by an older Nigerian man, while she was their doing research for her Americanah mini-series.


"I was in this very small town in a small hotel, and I was just walking across the breakfast room to get a cup of tea," says Danai. "Then, this man, he was probably around 60 or so, looked up and went, "GENERAL." That was surprising."

Lupita Nyong'o shared a picture of the two of them on their trip to Lagos earlier on Twitter.

Danai went on to address the ongoing talks of a possible all-female Avengers film. Though she says it's just a rumor, the actress says she's excited about the prospect of one happening sometime in the future.

"These things are starting to happen and I think it's really exciting because it's showing that yeah of course it's time we start seeing the perspective of a story come exclusively from women. I mean, magic happens when women do their thing. You know what I'm saying?"

Yes, we do Danai.

Watch the full interview below.

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Interview: Oumou Sangaré Proves Why She's the Songbird of Wassoulou

We caught up with the Malian singer to talk about her new Acoustic album, longevity as an artist, and growing up in Mali.

When Oumou Sangaré tells me freedom is at her core, I am not surprised. If you listen to her discography, you'll be hard-pressed to find a song that doesn't center or in some way touch on women's rights or child abuse. The Grammy award-winning Malian singer has spent a significant part of her career using her voice to fight for the rights of women across Africa and the world, a testimony to this is her naming her debut studio album Moussolou, meaning Woman. The album, a pure masterpiece that solidified Oumou's place amongst the greats and earned her the name 'Songbird of Wassoulou,' was a commercial success selling over 250,000 records in Africa and would in turn go on to inspire other singers across the world.

On her latest body of work Acoustic, a reworking of her critically acclaimed 2017 album Mogoya, Oumou Sangaré proves how and why she earned her accolades. The entirety of the 11-track album was recorded within two days in the Midi Live studio in Villetaneuse in 'live' conditions—with no amplification, no retakes or overdubs, no headphones. Throughout the album, using her powerful and raw voice that has come to define feminism in Africa and shaped opinions across the continent, Oumou boldly addresses themes like loss, polygamy and female circumcision.

We caught up with the Malian singer at the studio she is staying while in quarantine to talk about her new album, longevity as an artist, and growing up in Mali.

This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity.

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