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'Rafiki,' Trevor Noah's 'The Daily Show,' & More, Earn 2020 GLAAD Award Nominations

The GLAAD awards recognize "fair, accurate and inclusive representations" of the LGBTQ community in media.

The nominations for the annual GLAAD Media Awards, which "recognize and honor media for their fair, accurate and inclusive representations of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) community and the issues that affect their lives," have just been announced, and several of our favorite shows this year have earned nominations.

Wanuri Kahiu's groundbreaking film Rafiki earned a nomination in the "Outstanding Film Limited Release" category. The acclaimed lesbian love story was the first Kenyan film to screen at Cannes. We caught up with the director to discuss the film back in May of last year.


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Also nominated is Trevor Noah for an episode of The Daily Show entitled "Jacob Tobia - Promoting a 'Gender-Chill' Exploration of Identity with 'Sissy," in which he interviews LGBT rights activist, producer and writer Jacob Tobia. You can check out the interview below, in which the two discuss what it means to openly explore gender identity.

Jacob Tobia - Promoting a “Gender-Chill" Exploration of Identity with “Sissy" | The Daily Show www.youtube.com

Other notable nods include Ava Duvernay's When They See Us the impactful limited series, chronicling the lives of the Exonerated Five, as well as HBO's Watchmen.

Netflix's coming-of-age comedy Sex Education earned a nomination for "Outstanding Comedy Series." The show features a standout storyline centering on Rwandawn-Scottish actor Ncuti Gatwa's character Eric, who unexpectedly earns the support of his Nigerian father after coming out.

You can check out the full list of 2020 nominations via GLAAD's website.

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Kayode Kasum’s Quarantine Watchlist

From 'Wives on Strike' to 'Goodwill Hunting' here's what the Nigerian filmmaker is watching while stuck at home in Lagos.

Kayode Kasum, like most filmmakers, has been stagnated by the coronavirus pandemic. The director behind the blockbuster Sugar Rush and the critically acclaimed Oga Bolaji was working on the post-production of his upcoming movies, The Fate of Alakada: Party Planner and Kambili—a collaboration between FilmOne Entertainment and Chinese Huahua Media— when the Nigerian government announced the lockdown order.

While post-production on Alakada has concluded, the stay-at-home orders have delayed work on Kambili. "Since the team cannot meet at a single point, we are moving hard drives left and right," he says to me over the phone from his home in Lagos. "It is a challenge, but the beautiful thing about a challenge is, when you make it work, it is fulfilling."

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Kasum has turned to books and films for an escape from the unpleasant realities of the pandemic. "I have been reading Elnathan's books: Born on a Tuesday and Becoming Nigeria," he tells me. "I have also been reading film directing books, Directing Actors by Judith Weston." However, Kasum longs for the movies. "I miss going to the cinemas; I miss that experience," he says. "There are times during this pandemic that I'm like 'na wa o, I wish I can go to the cinema.'"

Below are five films he recommends you watch during this pandemic.

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