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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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Stormzy Snags His First TV Lead Role in BBC Drama 'Noughts & Crosses'

The series is set in a world where black people are the ruling class, while white people deal with discrimination and prejudice.

Stormzy has landed a lead role in a drama developed by BBC and Roc Nation, Variety reports.

He's set to play Kolawale in Noughts & Crosses, an adaptation of novels from Bajan-British author Malorie Blackman. His character is a newspaper editor and was created solely for the TV series.

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Listen to Ibibio Sound Machine's New Album 'Doko Mien'

A blend of electronic sounds and '70s West African disco.

Ibibio Sound Machine are back with their latest album, Doko Mien.

The UK-based group, fronted by Nigerian singer Eno Williams, expertly blend electronic sounds with West African influences, taking cues from '70s West African disco.

They just dropped their latest single, "Wanna Come Down," which the band describes as an "infectious jam from the album that mixes disco, '80s electro with English and Ibibio language lyrics." Doko Mien, the title of the group's new album. means "tell me" in Ibibio.

"Music is a universal language, but spoken language can help you think about what makes you emotional, what makes you feel certain feelings, what you want to see in the world," mentions Eno Williams.

Listen to Doko Mien below and catch Ibibio Sound Machine on their North American tour (dates below).

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At Least 60 People Killed In Fatal Bus Collision In Ghana

Several people are mourning the victims as well as the tragic loss of life that has occurred throughout the continent this month.

A head on collision of two buses early Friday morning in the Bono East region of Ghana has killed at least 60 people, according to the AFP.

The fatal accident took place on the Kintampo-Techiman highway in Kintampo—an area just under 300 miles north of Accra—after which one of the buses caught on fire.

The devastating accident has left several others with serious injuries. "Most of the passengers in both vehicles died at the spot. A number of them with varying degrees of injuries have been rushed to hospital," a police spokesperson told BBC Africa.

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