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Idris Elba’s Life Spirals Out of Control in Emotional '100 Streets' Trailer

Watch Idris Elba in the trailer for his new movie, the forthcoming British ensemble drama '100 Streets'

There’s a lot going on in the 100 Streets trailer. There’s a lot going on for Idris Elba in particular.


In the forthcoming drama from Irish director Jim O’Hanlon, the British actor plays Max, a recently retired rugby star struggling to adjust to his new life while fighting to save his marriage to Emily, a former actress played by Gemma Arterton.

The film’s emotional and rather deceptive U.S. trailer would have you believe it’s solely about Elba’s character. This isn’t actually the case. An official synopsis refers to 100 Streets as a “powerful ensemble drama” following three contrasting and interwoven stories as they play out in one square mile of modern day London (i.e. Crash UK).

It’s hard to tell exactly what’s going on in the trailer. (And okay, I’ll be honest, it doesn’t look very good.) Whatever the case, Elba appears to be on his A-game as things spiral way, way out of control for Max.

100 Streets opened in U.K. cinemas November 11 and heads to U.S. theaters and on demand on January 13.

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Interview: How Stogie T’s ‘Freestyle Friday’ Became a TV Show

Freestyle Friday started as lockdown content but is now a fully-fledged TV show on Channel O. In this interview, Stogie T breaks down why the show is revolutionary and talks about venturing into media.

When South Africa was put under a hard lockdown in 2020, Stogie T started Freestyle Friday to "make SA rap again." Freestyle Friday, hosted on Instagram, saw a different cohort of rappers each rap over the same beat picked by the veteran rapper. From niche and emerging rappers to some of the most notable names in South African hip-hop—the likes of AKA, Focalistic, Ginger Trill and several others all participated.

In the last few weeks, however, Freestyle Friday has found its way to cable TV. The show airs every Friday on Channel O, one of the continent's longest-running music TV channels. Freestyle Friday as a TV programme isn't just about freestyles, it's about the art of rapping and the music business, particularly SA hip-hop. Guests range from lyricists to record executives and other personalities aligned with the scene—Ninel Musson and Ms Cosmo for instance.

But Freestyle Friday is only the first media product Stogie T is working on as he is in the process of starting a podcast network, a venture in which he is collaborating with Culture Capital. In the Q&A below, Stogie T breaks down the relationship with Culture Capital, how the show moved from the internet to TV, why it's a revolutionary idea, touches on his venture into media and his future plans.

This interview has been edited for clarity and length.

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