Film

Jodie Turner-Smith to Star Alongside Daniel Kaluuya in Upcoming Romantic Drama 'Queen & Slim'

The film is from Emmy-winning writer Lena Waithe and Insecure director Melina Matsoukas.

Back in July, it was announced that Daniel Kaluuya would star in an upcoming feature film from Emmy-winning actress and writer Lena Waithe and Insecure director Melina Matsoukas. We were already pretty excited about the project, but today we learn some even more exciting details: rising star Jodie Turner-Smith will star alongside him in the upcoming love story.

Mastoukas—who's directed iconic music videos for the likes of Beyoncé, Solange, and Rihanna to name a few—took to Instagram to share the news with a picture of the co-stars, with the caption "Queen with a crown that be down for whatever," a reference to the film's title (and to Method Man and Mary J. Blige's "You're All I Need," of course).

When the movie was first announced, Mastoukas described it as "a film that defines black love as a revolutionary act. It shows that our union is the greatest weapon against the assault on black people in America."


The romantic drama, written by Waithe and based on a treatment by bestselling author James Frey, follows a couple after a fatal run-in with the police—though the story doesn't unfold how you might think.

Here's a plot summary via Shadow & Act:

A complex film with many layers, Queen & Slim, explores America's social and political climate through the lens of a genre-defying love story. When a Black man and Black woman on a first date are pulled over by a police officer at a traffic stop, their life goes awry. Forced to kill him in self-defense, rather than turn themselves in, they must go on the run to Cuba.

Jodie Smith is set to star in the upcoming George R.R. Martin series Nightflyers for Netflix, so you can check her out there before the films' release in November 2019.

Casanova, Davido & Tory Lanez' '2AM' Will Soundtrack Your Weekend

Flatbush meets Lagos and Toronto in this addictive new single.

Brooklyn rapper Casanova rolls through with an energetic new collaboration with Davido and Tory Lanez.

"2AM" sees the rapper going in over highly-infectious afrobeats-meets-pop beat work, in the same vein as we've heard from massive hits like "Unforgettable." The song was produced by 30 Roc.

The single features the star power of Davido and Tory Lanez which gives "2AM" the increased potential to be one of those huge new jams that'll be getting constant spins this year on both sides of the Atlantic (it's already got the top slot in Spotify's African Heat playlist).

The music video kicks off in Atlanta but eventually follows Casanova to Lagos, where he connects with Davido in Shitta. The clip was directed by Nigeria's Meji Alabi, the creative force behind many of your favorite afrobeats videos.

"2AM" is the lead single from Casanova's upcoming EP, Free At Last, which is due from Roc Nation/Def Jam Recordings on February 15.

We talked to Casanova below to learn a little more about this new collaboration and sound for him.

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Dive Into TOBi's New Music Video For 'City Blues'

The Nigerian-Canadian rapper delivers a solid jam.

TOBi is a Nigerian-born, Toronto-based rapper making music inspired by his early life move to Canada and the experiences around immigration and culture shock.

You might have previously heard his track, "Hidden Fences," closing out the finale of Insecure or gotten into his 2016 debut EP, FYi.

TOBi is now sharing the new single and music for "City Blues," which sees the rapper taking cues from Marvin Gaye's "Inner City Blues" over a beat produced by Free n Losh. It's the first taste we're hearing from his upcoming debut album due later this year.

"[City Blues is] written from one perspective within the African diaspora, pertaining to being caught between two worlds and reclaiming my ethnic identity," TOBi tells OkayAfrica. "Embracing my name has been a crucial part of my personal growth."

"I drew inspiration from the Shakespeare quote: 'All the world's a stage, and all the men and women merely players; They have their exits and their entrances, and one man in his time plays many parts.' City Blues speaks about the many roles that a human takes on at once but from my perspective," he adds.

Get into it below.

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Issa Rae to Star In Murder Mystery Rom-Com, 'The Lovebirds,' With Kumail Nanjiani

Issa Rae isn't playing with us in 2019!

Issa Rae has added yet another exciting project to her growing list for 2019, and we're totally here for it.

The actress and Insecure showrunner is set to star alongside comedian and Silicon Valley star Kumail Nanjiani in the upcoming romantic comedy The Lovebirds, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

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