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Beyoncé, Tiffany Haddish, Florence Kasumba & More Shine at 'The Lion King' World Premiere

Check out a glimpse of the premiere's red carpet as well as a new clip from the film.

The world premiere of Disney's "The Lion King" went down in Hollywood Wednesday and it was a star-studded affair. It also signals that we are getting even closer to its release in theaters as it's set to open July 19, 2019 worldwide.


This new imagining of a classic many of us know welcomes beloved characters back to the big screen in a whole new way. Revisit the synopsis below:

Director Jon Favreau's all-new "The Lion King" journeys to the African savanna where a future king is born. Simba idolizes his father, King Mufasa, and takes to heart his own royal destiny. But not everyone in the kingdom celebrates the new cub's arrival. Scar, Mufasa's brother—and former heir to the throne—has plans of his own. The battle for Pride Rock is ravaged with betrayal, tragedy and drama, ultimately resulting in Simba's exile. With help from a curious pair of newfound friends, Simba will have to figure out how to grow up and take back what is rightfully his.

A new clip featuring "Circle of Life" also debuted tonight during the event's livestream:

"Circle of Life" Clip | The Lion King youtu.be

In the images below, you'll see some of our favorites strut the red carpet in glistening looks, including Beyoncé and Blue, Chiwetel Ejiofor, South African legend John Kani and his family, Florence Kasumba, Tiffany Haddish and more.

Take a look:

Beyoncé and Blue.

Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney

Atandwa Kani, Mandi Kani, and John Kani.

Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Disney

Tiffany Haddish.

Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney

Chiwetel Ejiofor.

Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney

Florence Kasumba.

Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Disney

Chloe and Halle.

Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney

Lance and Berkeley Brynn Gross.

Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Disney

'The Lion King' cast.

Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney

Donald Glover, Beyoncé and Chiwetel Ejifor.

Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Disney

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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'

Reekado Banks - Ozumba Mbadiwe (Lyric Video) www.youtube.com

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