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Idris Elba Says He Won't Be Playing James Bond

Time to put the dream to rest.

After months—more like years—of speculation, social media petitions and even presumed hints from Hollywood directors, Idris Elba has confirmed once and for all that he will not be the next James Bond.

When asked by a Good Morning Britain reporter on Tuesday, at the premiere of his directorial debut Yardie, the celebrated actor replied with a simple "no," and proceeded to keep it moving—instantly crushing fan's dreams with a single word.

Earlier this month, Elba left fans confused when he tweeted "my name's Elba, Idris Elba," in reference to the famous James Bond line, and then following his tweet with another that read "Don't Believe the Hype" shortly after.

You can watch as Elba quickly shuts down the rumors below.


Not everyone is taking the news well.




But not everyone was with the idea to being with. It seems that the Bond franchise needs Elba a lot more than he needs it. Why not have him star in his own original action production? After all, we'll never get enough of seeing black leads on our screens in unprecedented roles. Remember Black Panther?


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10 African Films That Deal With Protest Culture & History

African countries have a long history of protests and demonstrations against forces of oppression, and this has been represented significantly in cinema.

Around the world, Nigerians in the diaspora have picked up the mantle of protesting peacefully against police brutality and violence. These gatherings are a direct extension of the nationwide protests that were brought to a tragic halt in Lagos after soldiers of the Nigerian army fired guns at peaceful protesters at the Lekki tollgate venue.

African countries have a long history of protests and demonstrations against forces of oppression and this has been represented significantly in cinema. This list, while not an exhaustive one, attempts to contextualize this rich cinematic history, tracing the complex and diverse ways that protest culture have been reflected in African film. From influential classics that are now considered required viewing to fascinating portraits of individual resistance, these films are proof that the struggle continues, regardless.

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The 6 Best East African Songs of the Month (October)

Featuring Nadia Mukami, Zuchu x Joeboy, John Blaq and more.

October featured an array of incredible releases from East Africa's pop royalty as well as promising newbies.

Follow our East African Grooves playlist on Spotify and Apple Music.

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AKA Releases New Single 'Casino' Featuring Sho Madjozi and Flvme

Listen to AKA's new single 'Casino' featuring Sho Madjozi and Flvme.

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#EndSARS: Martin Luther King III Appeals to Nigerian Government Amidst Ongoing Protests

Martin Luther King III has appealed to the Nigerian government to respect the rights of #EndSARS protestors in the nation's enduring calls to end police brutality.