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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's Kofi Siriboe will star as the lead role in the film, Really Love, which is also Angel Kristi Williams' feature directorial debut, Deadline reports.


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, Deadline reports.

Naturi Naughton, Tristan Mack Wilds and Yootha Wong-Loi-Sing (from OWN's Love 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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The Rwandan Woman Who Made Football History

We talked to Rwandan referee Salima Mukansanga, who is the first woman to officiate a match in the Africa Cup of Nations' 65-year history.

On the 18th of January, 2022, a woman stepped into the Ahmadou Ahidjo Stadium in Yaoundé, Cameroon, whistle in hand, a walkie-talkie tucked behind her shorts. Taking up her post as central referee for the Zimbabwe-Guinea game, she would make history as the first woman to officiate a match in the Africa Cup of Nations. Chit-chat occupied the stands, as spectators waited for the curtains to be drawn at 17:00 hours for the match to begin. Whispers of “Hope she will deliver,” could be heard, as Salima Mukansanga prepared to take to the field.

During the match, some spectators counted the 34 yellow cards she handed out at the end; others found her soft and tender with no serious refereeing issues in the game. Mukansanga leads a quartet of women match officials for this year's AFCON, with Carine Atemzabong, from Cameroon, Fatiha Jermoumi and Bouchra Karboubi, both from Morocco, present as assistant referees. Until this year’s tournament, in its 65-year history, an all-women team of refereeing officials had yet to be designated for an Africa Cup of Nations match.

With this accomplishment, 35-year-old Mukansanga has emerged as a trailblazer for other women who aspire to step out and break sporting bounds. Her role in this year’s tournament signals a major moment in the development of women refereeing in football, on the continent and for the sport as a whole.

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The Nigerian afropop crooner has fans sitting in anticipation for his new album, due out February 4.

Afropop favorite Adekunle Gold is back on our minds with the announcement that his upcoming album Catch Me If You Can is out in a week! The Nigerian superstar has already teased fans with tracks "High" featuring Davido, "Sinner" featuring American singer Lucky Daye, and now shares his latest "Mercy."

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Here's our round up of the best tracks and music videos that came across our desks, which you can also check out in our Songs You Need to Hear This Week playlists on Spotify and Apple Music.

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Madelyn Bonilla On Being The AfroLatina Representation Her Younger Self Needed

Bonilla, the founder of online community Brown Narrativ, spoke with us about how her experiences as an AfroLatina woman in NYC’s Bronx led her to write and direct her debut film, Pajón.