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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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Bobi Wine's Release Detailed in Latest Episode of 'The Messenger'

Trauma is the topic on the podcast's latest episode: "The Ballot or The Bullet."

The latest episode of The Messenger is something to behold.

Created by Sudanese-American rapper Bas, The Messenger throws the spotlight on the thunderous circumstances many African countries face, with a close focus on Ugandan politician Bobi Wine.

In his most recent traumatic experience, Wine and his wife Barbara Itungo Kyagulanyi were released from a nearly two-week military house arrest following the ruling of a Ugandan court. Keeping up with current events and circumstances that Wine finds himself in, the latest episode of the podcast recounts the traumatic events that led to Wine's very public abuse and eventual house arrest.

Upon his release, Wine spoke with The Messenger and had this to say, "I want to remind the world that we went in this election knowing how corrupt the staff of the electoral commission is. We saw this through the campaign and the world saw how much was oppressed, how biased and one sided the electoral commission was, and how much it was in the full grip of General Museveni. And therefore we are going to test every legal test, we shall take every legal test. We shall take every legal step. And indeed we shall take every moral and morally proactive, nonviolent, but legal and peaceful step to see that we liberate ourselves. The struggle has not ended. It is just beginning."

Listen to Episode 7 of The Messenger here.

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