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Gugu Mbatha-Raw Is Set To Play a Noteworthy Jamaican Historical Figure in Period Drama 'Seacole'

The South African-British actress will star as pioneering Jamaican nurse, Mary Seacole, in the film.

Gugu Mbatha-Raw continues to take on roles of black women in history we need to know about on the big screen.

The South African-British actress is set to play pioneering Jamaican nurse Mary Seacole in a period drama that's in the works under producer Billy Peterson's new production banner, Racing Green Pictures, Variety reports.


In Seacole, we follow Seacole who attended to and cared for wounded British soldiers during the Crimean War and found herself in dispute with Florence Nightingale—the English social reformer who's considered to be the founder of modern nursing.

"Mary Seacole was an extraordinary woman, and I'm proud to bring her story to today's audiences with the hope that they will be inspired by her kindness and tenacity," Peterson says in a statement to Variety. "Seacole perfectly encapsulates the mission of Racing Green Pictures, which is to use first-class filmmaking to tell important stories, and I look forward to both this film and to other exciting projects in the near future."

The film will be shot on location in Malta, Romania and London over the next two months to be ready to hit the festival circuit in 2020.

Learn more about Mary Seacole's historic impact in this brief clip below.

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Kenyan Rastafarians Want Cannabis Unbanned for Religious Reasons

The Rastafari Society of Kenya argues that the personal use of cannabis, which is currently outlawed in the country, is an integral part of their religion.

According to local media reports, the Rastafari Society of Kenya has gone before the High Court to argue in favour of the personal use of cannabis. Currently illegal in Kenya, the minority religious group argues that the laws criminalising the use of cannabis in Kenya are prejudiced towards their religion given that the substance is a "sacrament connecting believers to their creator." Cannabis is commonly used as incense to initiate religious practises by Rastafarians and is often followed by a series of praises and prayers.

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