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HBO to Co-Produce Michaela Coel's Upcoming Series About Dating and Sexual Consent

The showrunner's latest, "January 22," is described as "fearless, frank and provocative."

HBO has signed on to co-produce an upcoming series by Michaela Coel about contemporary dating life and sexual consent, Deadline reports.

The show titled January 22nd was first announced via the BBC last August. It was written by and will star Coel as the protagonist Arabella Essiedu, a "self-assured, care-free Londoner with a group of great friends, a holiday fling turned aspirational boyfriend in Italy and a burgeoning writing career. But when she is spiked with a date-rape drug, every element of her life and identity is called into question," as described in Deadline.


A synopsis from last year reads:

Set in London, where gratification is only an app away, the story centers on Arabella (Coel) whose raw and personal experience of consent sits at the heart of the story. Through Arabella we meet a group of fictional friends and colleagues whose sexual adventures frequently collide with a world in which new codes of sexual practice are emerging.

The show's cast, which features several young up-and-coming actors, has also recenlty been announced. The ensemble includes Weruche Opia, Paapa Essiedu, Aml Ameen, Adam James, Sarah Niles and Ann Akin, who play characters within Arabella's circle of friends. Opia, for instance, plays Terry Pratchard, her best friend, described as "a struggling actor but always hopeful her career's about to pop." While Essiedu plays Kwame Acheampong, "the best male friend to Arabella and Terry. He's an exercise class teacher and Grindr regular."

Production has begun in London and the show will premiere in 2020. "We're incredibly lucky to have pulled together such a talented cast to bring these scripts to life and I look forward to sharing this work with you all next year," said Coel.

Last year, the Chewing Gum creator, starred in the Netflix original musical Been So Long alongside Arinzé Kene.

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Gugu Mbatha-Raw is Set to Star in Marvel Series 'Loki' Airing on Disney+

The British-South African actress is set to star as the female lead alongside Tom Hiddleston in the Marvel series.

Deadline reports that British-South African actress Gugu Mbatha-Raw has joined the cast of Loki, the Marvel series which is set to air on Disney+.

Mbatha-Raw jumps straight into the Marvel series not long after her role in Apple TV's The Morning Show starring Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon and several other high-profile actors.

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Watch the Official Trailer for 'Queen Sono,' Netflix's First African Original

The show is set to premiere on the streaming platform next month.

Netflix has released the first official trailer for its much-anticipated upcoming series Queen Sono, starring Pearl Thusi—and it's packed with drama and action.

The show, which is being described as the the streaming giant's "first African original," is a crime thriller that takes place in South Africa, specifically.

According to a description from Shadow & Act, Thusi's plays "a highly trained top spy in a South African agency whose purpose is to better the lives of African citizens. While taking on her most dangerous mission yet, she must also face changing relationships in her personal life."

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Stormzy, YBN Cordae, Ari Lennox and Col3trane Added to Rocking The Daisies 2020 Lineup

Stormzy, YBN Cordae, Ari Lennox and Col3trane will be performing in South Africa during this year's edition of Rocking The Daisies.

Rocking The Daisies is celebrating its 15th year of existence this year. The popular music and lifestyle festival recently announced they have added four new names on the bills—UK's Stormzy and Col3trane alongside US rapper YBN Cordae and the singer Ari Lennox.

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This Is What Fatoumata Diawara's NYC Concert Looked Like

In photos: the Malian singer performed a stunning show at The Town Hall.

Fatoumata Diawara played a mesmerizing show in New York City over the weekend.

The Malian singer, songwriter, guitarist and actor had The Town Hall swaying to a selection of songs from her latest Grammy-nominated album, Fenfo, as well as other classic cuts.

Fatoumata was joined on the night by a four-piece backing band that followed her every word and guitar riff, as she showcased her special blend of traditional Malian music and striking Bambara vocal melodies with elements of modern rock, funk, R&B and afrobeat.

"I didn't want to sing in English or French because I wanted to respect my African heritage," Fatoumata has mentioned."But I wanted a modern sound because that's the world I live in. I'm a traditionalist, but I need to experiment, too. You can keep your roots and influences but communicate them in a different style."

Fatoumata's main message, one which she stated throughout the show, is one of hope for the future of Africa and of female empowerment. It's "about the world, peace, how Africa can be a better place, especially for women, because I am one, and I am a survivor," she says. "I want to encourage those who have lost hope."

Browse through pictures from her show at The Town Hall, which was opened by Guatemala's Gabby Moreno, below.

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