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John Boyega Wins 'Rising Star' Award At BAFTAs 2016

Watch John Boyega win the 'Rising Star' award at the 2016 BAFTAs (British Academy Film Awards).


John Boyega picked up the Rising Star award at last night’s BAFTAs (British Academy Film Awards) in London. The award, chosen entirely by the public, pitted the Star Wars: The Force Awakens lead against Brie Larson (Room), Dakota Johnson (Fifty Shades Of Grey), Bel Powley (The Diary of a Teenage Girl) and Taron Egerton (Legend).

“I haven’t been doing this for a long time. It’s a fluke,” the actor began his acceptance speech. Though to be clear, Boyega is someone we’ve kept tabs on since well before his Star Wars days. In 2014, the Nigerian-Brit played the role of Ugwu in the film adaptation of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Biafra War novel, Half of a Yellow Sun. At the time of its release, the film’s director, Biyi Bandele, spoke to us about his experience working with Boyega. “Through the shoot he did this thing that no actor I’ve ever directed had done before,” Bandele told us. “Constantly he’d come up to me and he’d say, Biyi, do I need to say this line? And I’d say what do you mean? He’d say I can show it. [laughs] Go back and watch it. The things he does with his face, originally they were lines.”

Prior to that, Boyega starred in the South London sci-fi comedy (and cult favorite) Attack The Block. He also made his Sundance debut in the Los Angeles-set drama Imperial Dreams, which may ultimately see a proper theatrical release.

All this to say we’re excited to see what the future has in store for the 23-year-old from Peckham.

During his acceptance speech, Boyega also went on to share his award with all the “young dreamers who are determined, who are hard working, and who are quite frankly amazing.”

And what's next for the star? Today he begins filming Star Wars: Episode VIII. The call-time was 6am.

Watch Boyega's entire BAFTAs acceptance speech below.

Better take on an amazing moment X

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Rema Welcomes 2021 With New Single 'Bounce'

The Don Jazzy produced track reminds us of why the Nigerian singer-songwriter is topping charts.

Nigerian golden boy Rema took his time on deciding how to start of 2021—and we're glad he did.

The afropop hitmaker is out with his first project of the year, "Bounce", after stunning fans with word of an upcoming album, and the cooks in this kitchen have not disappointed.

Keeping it in the Mavin Records family, legendary producer Don Jazzy sprinkles his magic on the track, while undoubtedly motivating the young singer-songwriter to be his best self. And with this track being like nothing we've heard from Rema before, one could say Jazzy succeeded. "Bounce", fast-paced and fierce, is a love song dedicated to bewitchingly beautiful and blessed bottoms. The candid declaration and hip shaking beat are a force duo and we can't help but love it.

Of the single and collaboration with head honcho Don Jazzy, Rema says, "This record was inspired by the luscious and magnificent body of the African woman. Furthermore, I'm really excited about this tune because it's my first single with the legendary Don Jazzy."

Honestly, when you start the year off with a banger, you get to make songs about butts.

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