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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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Olamide Will 'Rock' Your World with His New Single & Music Video

Olamide's latest single 'Rock' is the first single from his upcoming album 'UY Scuti' which is set to drop this June.

Nigerian artist Olamide has released his latest single "Rock" with the accompanying music video. The track is the first to be featured on his upcoming album which is due to be released on June 14. The 10-track project, titled UY Scuti after one of the largest known red stars, is the follow-up to his 2020 album Carpe Diem which included the smash hit, "Infinity" featuring Omah Lay, as well as several other notable artists including Bella Shmurda, Phyno, Bad Boy Timz, Peruzzi and Fireboy DML.

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Kenyans & South Africans Protest Israeli Bombing of Palestinians

The streets of Cape Town and Nairobi have been flooded with pro-Palestine protests in light of the recent bombing of Palestinians in Gaza by Israelis.

Protests have been taking place in two Southern African countries, namely Kenya and South Africa, since the tragic Israeli attacks on Palestinians this week. This past Monday, Israeli police stormed the al-Aqsa Mosque where thousands of Palestinian worshippers had gathered seeking protection. However, 300 Palestinians and two Israeli officers were subsequently wounded, according to reports. Currently, there are back-and-forth attacks between Israeli troops and Hamas, a Palestinian militant group in Gaza, which have resulted in the death of at least 300 people and counting.
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Nkuli Mlangeni-Berg is Delicately Weaving Her Name into the International Textiles Space

Recently awarded 'Best New Talent' by Monocle, Sweden-based South African textiles designer Nkuli Mlangeni-Berg talks about her unique ongoing collaborations with African designers and her tremendous love for weaving.

Weaving is one of the oldest practices in textile production. Expertly interlacing yarns over a loom to produce a variety of fabrics is something South African designer Nkuli Mlangeni-Berg knows all too well. The recent recipient of Monocle's "Best New Talent" award, Mlangeni-Berg's love for the African continent, its burgeoning textiles industry and the empowerment of its artisans is at the fore. Succinctly put, she's putting African designers in the textiles space on the map.

Born and bred in Kagiso, Krguersdorp — and having established herself in one of the world's elite design hubs, Sweden — Mlangeni-Berg is currently on a mission to channel back the resources, now, at her disposal to fellow designers across the African continent. Collaboration is at the heart of her craft, one she takes very seriously.

The beauty of her childhood experiences, her Zulu-Ndebele roots and love for South Africa guides Mlangeni-Berg's unique creations that often leave her audience struck by their distinct beauty. In 2017, the designer's Sankara Rug, which referenced the now popular Ndebele patterns and traditional reed dance, was named the "Most Beautiful Object in South Africa" by Design Indaba – a remarkable accomplishment for the then upcoming designer.

Mlangeni-Berg is a huge advocate of weaving the past and the future together, as well as connecting the old with the contemporary. We caught up with her to discuss being a multi award-winning designer, her current projects and her grand hopes for Africa's textiles design space.

This interview has been edited for length and clarity.

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Mozambique Political Unrest: Report Reveals Racist Rescue Efforts

An Amnesty International Report has revealed that the safety of White people and dogs was prioritised, before Black Mozambicans, during rescue efforts in the aftermath of the Jihadist attacks in March 2021.