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Daniel Kaluuya Is Set To Star in Romantic Drama 'Queen & Slim' Written by Lena Waithe

"It's about being black and trying to fall in love in a world that's burning down around you," Waithe says.

Having Daniel Kaluuya, Lena Waithe and Melina Matsoukas collaborate on a feature film means that we're in for greatness on the big screen come fall 2019.

The Oscar-nominated star of Get Out has been selected for a lead role in Queen & Slim, an independent romance drama written by Waithe, Variety reports. This will also be Insecure and Master of None's Matsoukas' debut as a feature film director.

Waithe's script for Queen & Slim was based on a treatment by bestselling author James Frey and a story by both Frey and Waithe.

The film explores America's social and political climate through the lens of a "genre-defying" love story, Variety says. It focuses on a black man and a black women who get pulled over after going on a first date. Things go from zero to 100, as they end up going on the run after they kill the police officer in self-defense rather than turning themselves in.


"To me, this is protest art," Waithe says in a statement. "It's about being black and trying to fall in love in a world that's burning down around you."

Matsoukas continues:

"It's a film that defines black love as a revolutionary act. It shows that our union is the greatest weapon against the assault on black people in America."

Queen & Slim goes into pre-production this October with production beginning in January. Matsoukas and Waithe are still looking out for a fresh face for the role of Queen.

Waithe is producing the film via her company, Hillman Grad Productions, alongside Matsoukas' production company, De La Revolución Films and Frey's 3BlackDot. Andrew Coles and Michelle Knudsen are also producing, Variety notes.

The film is set to drop in North America on Nov. 27, 2019.

Casanova, Davido & Tory Lanez' '2AM' Will Soundtrack Your Weekend

Flatbush meets Lagos and Toronto in this addictive new single.

Brooklyn rapper Casanova rolls through with an energetic new collaboration with Davido and Tory Lanez.

"2AM" sees the rapper going in over highly-infectious afrobeats-meets-pop beat work, in the same vein as we've heard from massive hits like "Unforgettable." The song was produced by 30 Roc.

The single features the star power of Davido and Tory Lanez which gives "2AM" the increased potential to be one of those huge new jams that'll be getting constant spins this year on both sides of the Atlantic (it's already got the top slot in Spotify's African Heat playlist).

The music video kicks off in Atlanta but eventually follows Casanova to Lagos, where he connects with Davido in Shitta. The clip was directed by Nigeria's Meji Alabi, the creative force behind many of your favorite afrobeats videos.

"2AM" is the lead single from Casanova's upcoming EP, Free At Last, which is due from Roc Nation/Def Jam Recordings on February 15.

We talked to Casanova below to learn a little more about this new collaboration and sound for him.

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Dive Into TOBi's New Music Video For 'City Blues'

The Nigerian-Canadian rapper delivers a solid jam.

TOBi is a Nigerian-born, Toronto-based rapper making music inspired by his early life move to Canada and the experiences around immigration and culture shock.

You might have previously heard his track, "Hidden Fences," closing out the finale of Insecure or gotten into his 2016 debut EP, FYi.

TOBi is now sharing the new single and music for "City Blues," which sees the rapper taking cues from Marvin Gaye's "Inner City Blues" over a beat produced by Free n Losh. It's the first taste we're hearing from his upcoming debut album due later this year.

"[City Blues is] written from one perspective within the African diaspora, pertaining to being caught between two worlds and reclaiming my ethnic identity," TOBi tells OkayAfrica. "Embracing my name has been a crucial part of my personal growth."

"I drew inspiration from the Shakespeare quote: 'All the world's a stage, and all the men and women merely players; They have their exits and their entrances, and one man in his time plays many parts.' City Blues speaks about the many roles that a human takes on at once but from my perspective," he adds.

Get into it below.

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Issa Rae to Star In Murder Mystery Rom-Com, 'The Lovebirds,' With Kumail Nanjiani

Issa Rae isn't playing with us in 2019!

Issa Rae has added yet another exciting project to her growing list for 2019, and we're totally here for it.

The actress and Insecure showrunner is set to star alongside comedian and Silicon Valley star Kumail Nanjiani in the upcoming romantic comedy The Lovebirds, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

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