Film
Photo: Glen Wilson/Focus Features.

Focus Features Has Released the First Images of Cynthia Erivo as Harriet Tubman

"Harriet" is due to drop in theaters later this year.

We will soon be seeing the story of a significant figure in black history on the big screen later this year—and this first look has increased our anticipation.


Harriet, directed by Kasi Lemmons, is the biopic of legendary abolitionist Harriet Tubman helmed by Focus Features. Nigerian-British actor Cynthia Erivo will star as Tubman, portraying her escape from slavery as well as her several missions to free dozens of enslaved people through the Underground Railroad in pre-Civil War America.

Along with premiering the first images from the film, Erivo spoke with PEOPLE magazine about the importance of this film.

"It's a new way of looking at Harriet," Erivo says to PEOPLE. "She was a hero, and now we get to really tell her story because we haven't really heard her story. It's been long overdue."

Photo: Glen Wilson/Focus Features.

The cast for Harriet rounds out to include Janelle Monae, Joe Alwyn, Jennifer Nettles, Leslie Odom Jr. and Antonio J. Bell, Shadow and Act adds. The film is due to open in theaters later this year.

Music
Photo courtesy of AYLØ.

Interview: AYLØ Bridges His Music & Universe In the 'Clairsentience' EP

The Nigerian artist talks about trusting your gut feelings, remedying imposter syndrome and why our identity is best rooted in who we are, rather than what we do.

AYLØ's evolution as an artist has led him to view sensitivity as a gift. As the alté soundscape in the Nigerian scene gains significant traction, his laser focus cuts through the tempting smokescreen of commercial success. AYLØ doesn't make music out of need or habit. It all boils down to the power of feeling. "I know how I can inspire people when I make music, and how music inspires me. Now it's more about the message."

Clairsentience, the title of the Nigerian artist's latest EP, is simply defined as the ability to perceive things clearly. A clairsentient person perceives the world through their emotions. Contrary to popular belief, clairsentience isn't a paranormal sixth sense reserved for the chosen few, our inner child reveals that it's an innate faculty that lives within us before the world told us who to be.

Born in 1994 in Benin City, Nigeria, AYLØ knew he wanted to be a musician since he was six-years-old. Raised against the colorful backdrop of his dad's jazz records and the echoes of church choirs from his mother's vast gospel collections, making music isn't something anyone pushed him towards, it organically came to be. By revisiting his past to reconcile his promising future, he shares that, "Music is about your experiences. You have to live to write shit. Everything adds up to the music."

Our conversation emphasized the importance of trusting your gut feelings, how to remedy imposter syndrome and why our identity is best rooted in who we are, rather than what we do,

This interview has been edited for purposes of brevity and clarity.

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