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Still from 'Little Monsters' trailer

Lupita Nyong'o Is a Zombie-Slaying Teacher In the Trailer for Comedy Horror Film, 'Little Monsters'

A hilarious zombie-horror rom-com, starring Lupita Nyong'o? Count us in.

Following its premiere at Sundance in January, the official trailer for Little Monster's, a light-hearted zombie apocalypse film and romantic comedy starring Lupita Nyong'o is finally here.

The film sees Nyong'o playing a teacher who is forced to protect her Kindergarten students from a zombie attack that occurs while they're on a field trip, while also being caught in a love triangle. The film also stars Alexander England and Josh Gad.


Still from 'Little Zombies' trailer

Here's a summary of the film via The Hollywood Reporter:

The comedy horror film follows Dave (Alexander England), who crashes at his sister's place following a rough breakup and takes the opportunity to chaperone his nephew's class on a field trip in an attempt to impress his teacher, Miss Caroline (Lupita Nyong'o). While on the trip, the class finds themselves in the middle of a zombie invasion, the product of an experiment gone wrong at a nearby military base. It is then up to Dave, Caroline and children's television personality Teddy McGiggle (Josh Gad) to keep the kids safe.

The film has been acquired by Hulu for distribution and will hit theaters in the UK and Ireland on November 15, though its US release date has not yet been announced.

Nyong'o recently narrated the BBC wildlife series Serengeti, and is slated for a number of film projects in the coming months, including the upcoming film adaptation of Trevor Noah's best-selling autobiography, Born a Crime.

Check out the fun trailer for Little Monsters below.

LITTLE MONSTERS - OFFICIAL RED-BAND TRAILER - IN CINEMAS NOVEMBER 15 youtu.be

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Hugh Masekela's New York City Legacy

A look back at the South African legend's time in New York City and his enduring presence in the Big Apple.

In Questlove's magnificent documentary, Summer of Soul, he captures a forgotten part of Black American music history. But in telling the tale of the 1969 Harlem Cultural Festival, the longtime musician and first-time filmmaker also captures a part of lost South African music history too.

Among the line-up of blossoming all-stars who played the Harlem festival, from a 19-year-old Stevie Wonder to a transcendent Mavis Staples, was a young Hugh Masekela. 30 years old at the time, he was riding the wave of success that came from releasing Grazing in the Grass the year before. To watch Masekela in that moment on that stage is to see him at the height of his time in New York City — a firecracker musician who entertained his audiences as much as he educated them about the political situation in his home country of South Africa.

The legacy Masekela sowed in New York City during the 1960s remains in the walls of the venues where he played, and in the dust of those that are no longer standing. It's in the records he made in studios and jazz clubs, and on the Manhattan streets where he once posed with a giant stuffed zebra for an album cover. It's a legacy that still lives on in tangible form, too, in the Hugh Masekela Heritage Scholarship at the Manhattan School of Music.

The school is the place where Masekela received his education and met some of the people that would go on to be life-long bandmates and friends, from Larry Willis (who, as the story goes, Masekela convinced to give up opera for piano) to Morris Goldberg, Herbie Hancock and Stewart Levine, "his brother and musical compadre," as Mabusha Masekela, Bra Hugh's nephew says.

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