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David Oyelowo speaks onstage during SAG-AFTRA Foundation's 4th Annual Patron of the Artists Awards at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on November 07, 2019 in Beverly Hills, California.

David Oyelowo's Directorial Debut 'The Water Man' is Heading to Netflix

David Oyelowo's first directed fantasy movie, 'The Water Man', has been picked up by Netflix for worldwide distribution.

David Oyelowo's directorial debut film The Water Man has reportedly been picked up by Netflix for worldwide distribution. This comes after the film premiered at the 2020 Toronto International Film Festival and received critical praise. The film stars David Oyelowo, Rosario Dawson, Amiah Miller and Lonnie Chavis. Oyelowo claims the film is inspired by the historically popular sci-fi film E.T and that he in turn, wanted to create a supernatural film with Black leads.


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The Water Man follows the story of a young Black boy, Gunner, whose mother is dying and seeks healing remedy for her. Gunner, together with a local friend, set off on an adventure to find a mythical figure called "The Water Man" whom they believe will be able to help. Oyelowo revealed in an interview with Variety that the story was created for his 12-year-old self who watched sci-fi and fantasy movies in which he was not represented.

"But the truth of the matter is I didn't see myself in those movies even though I related to those characters. So one of the amazing things for me is getting to make a film for a family that looks like mine, a boy who looks like I did and looks like my three sons get to be front and center."

The film has been called a family adventure as it follows Gunner go through strange events in a forest in order to save his mother. Oyelowo reportedly produced the project under his Yoruba/Saxon Productions banner. The film is also produced by Oprah Winfrey's Harpo Films and ShivHans Pictures. According to Deadline, RLJE Film will distribute the film in the U.S on the 7th of May and Netflix is expected to release the movie internationally in the latter part of 2021. Oyelowo has called the The Water Man a love letter to mothers everywhere.

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Reekado Banks Recalls The Carnage of The #EndSARS Protests In Single 'Ozumba Mbadiwe'

The Nigerian singer pays his respects to those lost during last year's #EndSARS protests.

Nigerian singer and songwriter Reekado Banks is back with a track that is as socially important as it is a banger. It seems fitting for the singer's first solo release of the year to be a tribute to his fellow countrypeople fighting for a country that they all wish to live in. The 27-year-old Afrobeats crooner has returned with endearing track 'Ozumba Mbadiwe', honoring the one-year anniversary of the #EndSARS protests that saw the Nigerian government authorize an onslaught of attacks on Nigerian citizens for their anti-government demonstrations.

The protests took the world by storm, additionally because the Nigerian government insists that none of the police brutality happened. In an attempt to gaslight the globe, Nigerian officials have come out to hoards to deny any and all accusations of unlawfully killing peaceful protesters. Banks mentions the absurd denials in the track, singing "October 20, 2020 something happened with the government, they think say we forget," in the second verse. Reekado's reflective lyrics blend smoothly and are supported by the upbeat, effortless Afrobeat rhythm.

In another reflective shoutout to his home, 'Ozumba Mbadiwe' is named after a popular expressway on Lagos Island that leads to the infamous Lekki Toll Gate where protesters were shot at, traumatized, and murdered. Although packed with conscious references, the P.Priime produced track is a perfect amalgamation of the talents that Reekado Banks has to offer; a wispy opening verse, a hook to kill, and an ethereal aura to mark this as a song as a hit. On "Ozumba Mbadiwe," all the elements align for Reekado's signature unsinkable sound to take flight.

Check out Reekado Bank's lyric video for his single 'Ozumba Mbadiwe'

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