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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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Op-Ed: Opening South Africa's Churches Amid COVID-19 Will Result in More Deaths

Churches get away with a lot in this country and now is as good a time as any to put an end to that.

It was a day like any other at the Global Reconciliation Church in the Free State province. Congregants were gathering for a prayer event which no doubt included praying about what was then an impending 21-day national lockdown due to COVID-19. What no-one had anticipated however, was that five tourists who had already tested positive for the coronavirus, would come into contact with an estimated 1600 other congregants––three of whom have since died as a result.

One gathering, three deaths. This is what South Africans pushing the government to open places of worship, seem to forget. And while the government has remained steadfast in the face of very public backlash following a number of tough decisions during this national lockdown, it seems that churches may just prove to be their kryptonite.

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Jahëna Louisin’s Debut Short Film, ‘28 jours,’ is an Homage to Black Fatherhood

Troubled by portrayal of Black fathers in mainstream media, the Haitian-Reunionese filmmaker set out to make a film about loss and humanity.

"Cinema Africa" is your guide to African film. Writer Ciku Kimeria is highlighting new movies and documentaries that tell fascinating stories or questioning prevailing narratives and occasionally returning to the classics that paved the way for a new generation of filmmakers.

28 jours (28 days) the debut short film from a Lome raised, Haitian-Reunionese filmmaker, Jahëna Louisin is the story of a widower and his eleven year old daughter going through an interesting stage in her transition to womanhood—her first period. As they grapple with the brutal loss of his wife and her mother, the two find themselves confronting this life-changing moment on their own.

On a call with the call with the first-time filmmaker hunkered down in Lome, Togo, we discuss her debut film that won the Togolese edition of the "7 jours pour 1" film award and was this year's official selection for an international fiction film at the largest North American film festival focusing on films from Africa and the diaspora, Vues D'Afrique in Canada.

Read our conversation below.

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Watch the New Trailer for Michaela Coel's Upcoming Show 'I May Destroy You'

The highly-anticipated show, which tackles dating and sexual consent, is coming to HBO next month.

Michaela Coel shares the new extended trailer for her upcoming HBO series I May Destroy You, after releasing the teaser last month.

The highly-anticipated series boldly tackles dating sexual consent, through the story of its protagonist Arabella (Coel), whose life is forever changed after she becomes the victim of having been given a date rape drug.

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Watch the Adorable Trailer for The Gambia's First Animated Series

Fye Network introduces the characters Princess Halima, Bakary on Safari and Samba and Batch for The Gambia's first ever animated series for children.