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Kofi Siriboe Is Set To Star in Romantic Feature Film, 'Really Love'

Your favorite eye candy will be back on the big screen very soon.

Queen Sugar'sKofi Siriboe will star as the lead role in the film, Really Love, which is also Angel Kristi Williams' feature directorial debut, Deadlinereports.


Siriboe is set to play an up-and-coming black painter who tries to break into the competitive art world while balancing an unexpected whirlwind romance, with gentrified Washington, D.C. as the backdrop.

Filming is expected to begin this summer in D.C. and in Baltimore.

Siriboe has continued to thrive in his own lane. Aside from his reoccurring roles in Queen Sugar Season 3 and in MTV's Awkward, he recently launched ViaKofi—a production platform which released the short film, WTF Is Mental Health, which took the issue of mental health in the black community head on. You can watch the film here.

Really Love was co-written by Williams and Felicia A. Pride, with the story by Pride and Sandford Grimes. MACRO, Charles D. King's production company behind the Oscar-nominated film Fences, is the financial backer and producer of the film.

The film's producers are Mel Jones of Dear White People, King, Kim Roth and Aaliyah Williams, with MACRO's Poppy Hanks, Latisha Fortune, Grimes, Stephanie Allain, Kim Coleman and Pride serving as executive producers.

UPDATE 7/27/2018:Nigeria's Uzo Aduba and Ethiopian-Guyanese actress Jade Eshete have signed on to be in Really Love, Deadlinereports.

Naturi Naughton, Tristan Mack Wilds and Yootha Wong-Loi-Sing (from OWN'sLove Is_) have signed on to the film, which is currently filming in Baltimore.

Check out the synopsis from Deadline below:

The story follows the life of a starving artist (Siriboe) in gentrifying Washington D.C. who is struggling to find his place in the prestigious art world. When a young law student (Wong-Loi-Sing) unexpectedly comes into his life, he must choose between a whirlwind romance and his budding career as a successful painter.
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Moroccan Government Issues First Permits For Legal Cannabis Production

This marks the first time the Arab country is issuing these permits.

The Moroccan government recently gave 10 farmers permission to grow cannabis legally. This marks the first time the country will issue permits following the legalization of cannabis production last year.

According to the Institute of Security Studies, Morocco is part of a growing group of African countries who would like to position itself as a booming international legal market for cannabis. This new legal development will allow farmers in the northern mountain regions of Taounat, Al Houceima, and Chefchaouen to grow cannabis that will meet the legal market's demand. Before now, cannabis had been widely cultivated in Morocco illegally; however, the law passed by the Moroccan parliament last year does not permit the use of cannabis for recreation. The national agency, which regulates cannabis activity in Morocco, issued the permits and said that farmers would be encouraged to increase legal cannabis production to meet the demands of the market.

According to the Morocco World News, the Moroccan government is optimistic that this new development will help to improve the lifestyles of farmers, and increase their livelihoods amid a growing legal global market for the element. The global cannabis demand is growing and is projected to reach over US$ 100 billion in the next five years. If more African countries legalize legal cannabis, the industry could be worth more than $7 billion by 2023.

Because of Morocco's close proximity to Europe, it could potentially become a leading legitimate cannabis exporter. In 2020, Moroccan farmers collectively experienced a drastic income dip that fell from approximately $497 million a year in the early 2000s to less than $321 million dollars in 2020, according to an interior ministry study last year.

Before the legalization was implemented, Moroccan farmers indicated that they wanted the implementation to be sped up. In an earlier statement, Mohamed Abbout, head of the Rif Mountains Association said that the legalization would be a step in the right direction for the country

"Farmers are desperate when it comes to the drug trade,’ said Abbout. ‘That's why they're waiting for the legalization, so we can create a medicinal market."

'Skhanda Republic 3' Is Testament to K.O’s Relentless Staying Power

After 16 years, the legendary South African MC’s pen and musicianship remain sharp-as-ever on his fourth album, SR3.

Never knew, 2022, ngizobe ngisathel’ induku,” veteran South African lyricist and musician K.O raps on “THE CALLING”, from his newly released fourth studio album SR3 (Skhanda Republic 3). While it’s a simple line for an MC with revered penmanship like him, the bar is packed and provides a sneak peek into the rapper’s current state of mind. With more than 16 years in the game, the artist born Ntokozo Mdluli has been through and seen it all.

Really made it back, when these niggas thought it was over. Heart of a soldier, nobody can hold us. Asisenabangani kule game cause a lot of them bogus,” he expresses in the first verse of the song.

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South African Artist Simnikiwe Buhlungu on Creating the Sound of Dreams

The internationally-acclaimed multidisciplinary artist is the youngest participant at this year's Venice Biennale, where she is showing her latest work. But, as she tells OkayAfrica, she wants her art to be viewed beyond the parameters of age.

South Africa's Simnikiwe Buhlungu is the youngest artist at this year's International Art Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia. But Buhlungu, who hails from Johannesburg, would almost rather speak about anything else — from her daily uniform (all black) to her favorite music (Gospel) and what future passions she wants to pursue (beekeeping).

The 59th International Art Exhibition features Buhlungu's project: And the Other Thing I Was Saying Was: A Conver-something, an interactive sound installation which plays recorded sounds from various sources and explores the relationship between theremins, electronic musical synthesizers, and our bodies.

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