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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.

Interview

A Candid Conversation With Olamide & Fireboy DML

We talk to the Nigerian stars about the hardest lessons they've learned, best advice they've ever been given and what Nigeria means to them.

Olamide and Fireboy DML have been working together for three years, but the first time they sit down to do an interview together is hours after they arrive in New York City on a promo tour.

It's Fireboy's first time in the Big Apple — and in the US — and the rain that's pouring outside his hotel doesn't hinder his gratitude. "It's such a relief to be here, it's long overdue," he tells OkayAfrica. "I was supposed to be here last year, but Covid stopped that. This is a time to reflect and refresh. It's a reset button for me."

Olamide looks on, smiling assuredly. Since signing Fireboy to his YBNL Nation label in 2018, he's watched the soulful young singer rise to become one of Nigeria's most talked-about artists — from his breakout single, "Jealous," to his debut album Laughter, Tears & Goosebumps, hit collabs with D.Smoke and Cuppy, and his sophomore release, Apollo, last year.

Even while he shares his own latest record, UY Scuti, with the world, Olamide nurtures Fireboy's career with as much care and attention as he does his own, oscillating between his two roles of artist and label exec seamlessly. His 2020 album Carpe Diem is the most streamed album ever by an African rap artist, according to Audiomack, hitting over 140 million streams. When Olamide signed a joint venture with US-based record label and distribution company, Empire, in February last year he did so through his label, bringing Fireboy and any other artist he decides to sign along for the ride, and establishing one of the most noteworthy deals on the continent.

Below, Olamide & Fireboy DML speak to OkayAfrica about their mutual admiration for each other, what makes them get up in the morning and how they switch off.

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