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Lupita Nyong'o Is Filming Disney's 'Queen Of Katwe' Chess Biopic In Uganda With David Oyelowo

Lupita Nyong'o and David Oyelowo begin work on 'Queen of Katwe,' the Mira Nair-directed Disney biopic on Ugandan chess prodigy Phiona Mutesi


Lupita Nyong'o & 'Queen Of Katwe' director Mira Nair (Photo: @lupitanyongo)

Lupita Nyong'o is currently in Uganda to begin work on her next project, Disney's Queen of Katwe. The film will tell the story of Ugandan chess wunderkind Phiona Mutesi, whose rise to prominence in the international chess circuit was documented in a 2011 ESPN The Magazine article by Tim Crothers. Crothers subsequently expanded the article into a biography (on which the film's script is based) titled The Queen Of Katwe: A Story Of Life, Chess, And One Extraordinary Girl’s Dream Of Becoming A Grandmaster .

Nyong'o will be playing Phiona's mother, Harriet Mutesi, while her Americanah co-star David Oyelowo has been tapped to portray Phiona's chess instructor and mentor Robert Katende. Translating Mutesi's life story to the silver screen is filmmaker Mira Nair, who also directed a short documentary on Katende for The Nelson Mandela Foundation's short film series, The Power of Words.

No release date has been set for Queen of Katwe. Until then, watch a short documentary on Phiona Mutesi below and another on Robert Katende here.

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Rema Welcomes 2021 With New Single 'Bounce'

The Don Jazzy produced track reminds us of why the Nigerian singer-songwriter is topping charts.

Nigerian golden boy Rema took his time on deciding how to start of 2021—and we're glad he did.

The afropop hitmaker is out with his first project of the year, "Bounce", after stunning fans with word of an upcoming album, and the cooks in this kitchen have not disappointed.

Keeping it in the Mavin Records family, legendary producer Don Jazzy sprinkles his magic on the track, while undoubtedly motivating the young singer-songwriter to be his best self. And with this track being like nothing we've heard from Rema before, one could say Jazzy succeeded. "Bounce", fast-paced and fierce, is a love song dedicated to bewitchingly beautiful and blessed bottoms. The candid declaration and hip shaking beat are a force duo and we can't help but love it.

Of the single and collaboration with head honcho Don Jazzy, Rema says, "This record was inspired by the luscious and magnificent body of the African woman. Furthermore, I'm really excited about this tune because it's my first single with the legendary Don Jazzy."

Honestly, when you start the year off with a banger, you get to make songs about butts.

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