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Daniel Kaluuya Is Set To Star as Fred Hampton In Ryan Coogler-Produced Film 'Jesus Was My Homeboy'

The Ugandan-British actor will depict the respected activist who eventually rose to become the Illinois chair of the Black Panther Party before his assassination at 21.

Though the internet pretty much agrees that Daniel Kaluuya is an underdog of an actor deserving all the awards and flowers, this new, blockbuster opportunity is one of the moments proving 2019 is his year of the come-up.

I mean, look at this clip from his role in the film Widows that's been circulating on Twitter (TW—gangster shit goes down at the end):

Kaluuya is in talks with Ryan Coogler and MACRO's Charles D. King to play Black Panther Party member Fred Hampton in Jesus Was My Homeboy—a film about the activist's life for Warner Bros., Deadline reports. Lakeith Stanfield is also in talks to play William O'Neal, who betrayed Hampton to the FBI. Shaka King is set to produce and direct as he's the film's co-screenwriter with Will Berson. Sev Ohanian, Zinzi Coogler and MACRO's Kim Roth and Poppy Hanks will executive produce.

"The film will follow the rise and untimely demise of Hampton as seen through O'Neal's eyes," Deadline continues. "It will explore how the FBI infiltrated the Black Panthers, the psychology of their informant and the notorious assassination of the young political leader who died aged only 21."

We co-sign this tweet and accompanying gif, as this is a huge look for Kaluuya and his acting chops.

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How Technology Is Playing a Crucial Role in the #EndSARS Protests

Young people in Nigeria have successfully managed to use technological innovations to organize and make the #EndSARS protests run incredibly efficiently and easily. This moment will go down in history as a revolution that was birthed via technology.

It has been more than a week since young people in Nigeria took to the streets to demand that the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, infamously known as SARS, be scrapped for good. Created in 1992, this police unit was originally set up to beat back armed robbery, the use of firearms and rising cases of kidnappings that grew in the late eighties. However, the unit went rogue, becoming more notorious for its savagery than actual crime-fighting. With a rap sheet ranging from profiling, harassment and assault to, in more extreme cases, slaughtering innocent citizens, these quasi-officers have unleashed terror on the nation for more than two decades.

Their victims are predominantly young Nigerians profiled on appearance—whether they drive exotic vehicles, use the latest gadgets, have their hair dyed or locked, or have piercings. In some cases, working in tech often gets conflated with financial fraud. For people who don't meet the absurd criteria, the mood of the officer can often become the difference between life and death.

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