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John Boyega Is Dapper As Ever On the Cover of GQ

John Boyega talks "Detroit," "Star Wars" and more in the latest issue of GQ magazine.

DIASPORA—John Boyega covers this month's issue of GQ magazine.


The British-Nigerian actor looks exceptionally fly as he poses on the magazine's "Hollywood's Next Wave" issue in the build-up to his leading role in the Kathryn Bigelow-directed historical drama, Detroit. 

The movie, which chronicles the 1967 Detroit riots, highlights the ongoing injustices that black people face in the United States. “Yeah, I'd probably only be able to watch this every ten years," Boyega tells GQ. “Being black, going through what we've been through…the past is still hanging over our heads.”

The leading man also talks about getting advice from Robert Downey Jr., taking Harrison Ford to a Nigerian restaurant in London, and his role in the upcoming Star Wars: The Last Jedi, and diversity in the movie industry.

“You don’t see one black person in Lord of the Rings,” says Boyega. “I ain’t paying money to always see one type of person on-screen. We can ruffle up some feathers.”

We couldn't agree more, Mr. Boyega.

Check out more images from the shoot, below. Detroit hits theaters August 4.

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Sarkodie Is Not Feeling Any Pressure

The elite Ghanaian rapper affirms his king status with this seventh studio album, No Pressure.

Sarkodie is one of the most successful African rappers of all time. With over ten years of industry presence under his belt, there's no question about his prowess or skin in the game. Not only is he a pioneer of African hip-hop, he's also the most decorated African rapper, having received over 100 awards from close to 200 nominations over the span of his career.

What else does Sarkodie have to prove? For someone who has reached and stayed at the pinnacle of hip-hop for more than a decade, he's done it all. But despite that, he's still embracing new growth. One can tell just by listening to his latest album, No Pressure, Sarkodie's seventh studio album, and the follow-up to 2019's Black Love which brought us some of the Ghanaian star's best music so far. King Sark may be as big as it gets, but the scope of his music is still evolving.

Sonically, No Pressure is predominantly hip-hop, with the first ten tracks offering different blends of rap topped off with a handful of afrobeats and, finally, being crowned at the end with a gospel hip-hop cut featuring Ghanaian singer MOG. As far as the features go, Sark is known for collaborating mostly with his African peers but this time around he branches out further to feature a number of guests from around the world. Wale, Vic Mensa, and Giggs, the crème de la crème of rap in America and the UK respectively all make appearances, as well as Nigeria's Oxlade, South Africa's Cassper Nyovest, and his fellow Ghanaian artists Darkovibes and Kwesi Arthur.

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