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Issa Rae Has Been Tapped To Produce the Film Adaptation of Tayari Jones' Novel 'Silver Sparrow'

Issa Rae is adding to her growing list of exciting projects that are in the works.

We'll soon be seeing another one of Tayari Jones' novels be developed for the big screen—this time to be led by Issa Rae.

According to Shadow and Act, Rae optioned and has been tapped to produce the film adaptation of Jones' 2011 novel, Silver Sparrow. The author's latest, An American Marriage, is currently in development by Oprah Winfrey.


"Set in the Georgian city of Atlanta during the 1980s, Silver Sparrow revolves around a pair of young girls who form a friendship," Shadow and Act explains of the novel. "However, only one of them is aware that they are sisters and knows that their father, James Witherspoon, is a covert bigamist."

This is the latest to be added to Rae's growing list of projects that are in the works. Back in December 2018, her production company ColorCreative landed a multi-picture production deal with Columbia Pictures to back projects from emerging and diverse screenwriters. At the top of this year it was announced that she will be developing A Black Lady Sketch Show—a comedy show featuring all black women—with Robin Thede.

In front of the screen, Rae recently wrapped shooting romantic drama The Photograph with co-star LaKeith Stanfield.

Here's to Issa Rae making more power moves this year.

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Kenyan Athlete Geoffrey Kamworor Broke the Half Marathon World Record

The athlete broke the world record by 17 seconds.

Seasoned Kenyan long distance runner, Geoffrey Kamworor, gave a stellar performance at the half marathon held in Copenhagen this past Sunday. Kamworor, who is a three-time World Half Marathon Champion, beat the previous record set by fellow Kenyan runner, Abraham Kiptum, by 17 seconds (58:01) according to BBC Sport.

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DJ Tira Releases First Self-Produced Album ‘Ikhenani’

Listen to DJ Tira's new album.

Last week Friday, DJ Tira released a new album (a clear sign that festive season is close by). Ikhenani is packed with 17 songs to which we will make memories in the upcoming summer.

The album title Ikhenani means Canaan. "As you know in the bible, there's Canaan, a place where you'll find gold and silver and all those good things. So, on the album, I'm leading people to a place where they're going to have a good time," DJ Tira says in the album's Apple Music liner notes.

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"He had police friends so I couldn't even report the abuse": How South Africa's War on Women Impacted Me

A South African woman shares her story of gender-based violence in the hopes of helping other women.

South Africa's gender-based violence, especially rape and femicide, is a national crisis. The past week has seen women marching to bring about a solution to the widespread epidemic. The following is one South African woman's account of gender-based violence at the hands of her partner and what led her to eventually leave him.

Read her story in her own words below.

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Stonebwoy and Teni Link Up for New Single 'Ololo'

A fire collaboration!

Ghanaian rapper Stonebwoy enlists Nigerian artist Teni the Entertainer for his latest single 'Ololo,' his latest since dropping "Tuff Seed" earlier this summer.

The duo shine as they exchange loving lyrics atop sultry, upbeat production by Prinx Pappi. Stonebwoy opens the track with a fiery verse about giving his all to a love interest, while Teni brings the her usual high-energy to the second verse as she delivers passionate lyrics directed at a lover. Their musical chemistry, making for a catchy jam-worthy track.

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