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Liesl Tommy To Direct Film Adaptation of Trevor Noah's 'Born A Crime' Starring Lupita Nyong'o

She'll help bring the unforgettable story of Noah's childhood to the big screen.

South African Tony-nominated director and actress Liesl Tommy, will direct the film adaptation of Trevor Noah's comedic autobiography, Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood.

Tommy has left her artistic stamp throughout the country, revitalizing plays that ran at theaters like Center Stage, Sundance East Africa, and Broadway to name a few. Now she'll bring to life the humorous yet poignant autobiography of Noah's childhood, which consisted of great hardships of which he has prevailed. The film will star Lupita Nyong'o will will portray Noah's mother, Patricia Noah.

We could think of no one better to direct this story.


In light of Noah's expanded partnership with Viacom in launching his new international distribution and production company, Day Zero Productions, Born a Crime will be Paramount Players' and Day Zero's first project, with the help of executive producer, Lupita Nyong'o through her company, Eba Productions.

Through her work, Liesl has proven to be an expert in manifesting the forceful nature of violence on stage through physical and mental manifestations. She has the ability to move audiences to the edge of their seats and to the deepest parts of their minds with the thought provoking content she produces. Her work has led her to become the first woman of color to be nominated for a Tony award for Best Direction of a Play for the Broadway play, Eclipsed, which just so happened to be Nyong'o's Broadway debut.

Things are falling perfectly into place for Liesl, and it is no wonder why Noah's autobiography is a fitting match for Liesl's directorial film debut. We just can't wait until it gets here.

Listen to Solo’s New Single ‘Promises’ Featuring Kwesta

Solo and Kwesta connect on 'Promises.'

Solo and Kwesta share a bouncy kwaito beat on "Promises." Kwesta's at home over an instrumental of this kind. It's, however, a shift on Solo's side, who hasn't been known for new age kwaito. The rapper adapts his delivery accordingly, using fewer words than you'd normally expect in his verse.

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Listen to Jidenna's New Album, '85 to Africa'

Plus watch the music video for his latest single "Worth the Weight" featuring Seun Kuti.

It's been two years since Jidenna dropped his debut album, The Chief, today, the artist shares his latest studio album 85 to Africa.

In the lead-up to the album's release, the artist dropped the singles "Tribe," "Sufi Woman" "Sou Sou," and "Zodi" featuring fellow Nigerian artist Mr Eazi. He also held several listening parties across the US ahead of its release, and from what we can tell from videos that have been circulating on social media—they've been a really great time for both Jidenna and his fans.

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Mr Eazi & Simi Drop the New Single and Video For 'Doyin'

A head-nodding Afro-R&B track produced by Killertunes.

Mr Eazi seems to be in unstoppable work mode right now as he's been popping up in big singles and collaborations all over the place this summer, as well as continuing his emPawa Africa initiative.

For his latest single, "Doyin," Eazi connects with Nigerian singer Simi for a head-nodding Afro-RnB track. The new song, which is built on woozy synthesizers and mid-tempo beat work, was produced by Killertunes. Eazi and Simi trade verses in the addictive single, which comes paired with a new music video directed by Manuel Concha.

Read: The Music Business of Mr Eazi

"Doyin" is the first song released through emPawa Distribution, a digital music aggregator focused solely on distributing African music, which Eazi announced after the success of emPawa Africa. Speaking of the initiative, emPawa Africa is now reopened to submissions that will help fund the music videos of 30 up-and-coming artists and offer mentorship from big name artists.

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