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John Boyega and Letitia Wright to Star In Upcoming Sci-Fi Love Story 'Hold Back the Stars'

These two + black love + sci-fi? Please sign us up.

Black sci-fi and romance lovers, rejoice.

None other than Star Wars: The Force Awakens star John Boyega and Black Panther standout Letitia Wright will star opposite one another in the upcoming film Hold Back the Stars, based on Katie Khan's 2017 novel by the same name. According to Variety, the film is being describes as "Romeo and Juliet meets Gravity."


Mike Cahill will direct the film, and Christy Hall is the scriptwriter.

Here' a summary of the novel via Shadow & Act:

Trapped in the vast void of space, Carys and Max have only 90 minutes of oxygen left to live. None of this was supposed to happen. After a freak accident, Carys and Max are left adrift in space with nothing to hold onto but each other. As they fall, they can't help but look back at the world they left behind. A world whose rules they couldn't submit to, a place where they never really belonged; a home they're determined to get back to because they've come too far to lose each other now. While their air ticks dangerously low, one is offered the chance of salvation—but who will take it?

It might be a bit early to call, but we're pretty much already sold on this one, especially with Boyega and Wright—two of the biggest stars to emerge from two of the most groundbreaking sci-fi and fantasy film's in recent years—as leads.

Read: John Boyega Tells The Story of How He Landed His Role In 'Star Wars' In This Animated Video

Just imagine the two playing young, star-crossed lovers using their bond to help them survive in an increasingly complex universe—as you can tell, we're pretty excited for this one.

No word yet on a release date, but you know we'll keep you updated.

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The 10 Best Ghanaian Songs of the Month (September)

Featuring Sarkodie, Amaarae, Stonebwoy, KiDi x Teddy Riley and more.

In September 2020, Ghana's most talented artists and producers came through as usual, and blessed us with several songs that have been the soundtrack of our month. Debut projects, international collaborations and more were dished out, so here we give you the cream of the crop. Check out our best Ghanaian songs of the month below!

Follow our GHANA WAVE playlist on Spotify here and Apple Music here.

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Togo Makes Historic Appointment with First Ever Woman Prime Minister

Togolese President Faure Gnassingbe recently appointed Victoire Tomegah Dogbe as the country's first ever woman Prime Minister.

Togo made history this past Monday after it appointed Victoire Tomegah Dogbe as the country's first ever woman Prime Minister, according to the BBC. Togolese President Faure Gnassingbe appointed Dogbe, his chief-of-staff since 2009, following the resignation of Komi Selom Klassou last week Friday. President Gnassingbe was reportedly due for a cabinet reshuffle in February of this year, however, this was delayed by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
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The 8 Best East African Songs of the Month (September)

Featuring Willy Paul, Diamond Platnumz, Fik Fameica, Ali Kiba, Zuchu and more.

These are the hottest tracks from East Africa released in the month of September.

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

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