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'Been So Long' Starring Michaela Coel & Arinzé Kene Is Coming to Netflix Very Soon

Finally!

Netflix's black film vertical Strong Black Lead took to Twitter to announce the release date for Been So Long—a feature-length musical starring the illustrious Michaela Coel and artist to watch Arinzé Kene.


We first got wind of the project being in development last year and it'll finally be available for viewing globally via Netflix on October 26.

Check out the synopsis from Netflix below:

Romance, rage and revenge. 'Been So Long' is a neon soaked, modern day romance set on the streets of London's musical hot-bed of Camden. We follow Simone (Michaela Coel), a dedicated single mother who, on a rare night on the town is charmed by a handsome yet troubled stranger, Raymond (Arinzé Kene), igniting old and new feelings. Set against the backdrop of an ever-changing city, 'Been So Long' is a fresh take on love, life and moving on.

Been So Long is also based on the stage play created by Ché Walker and Arthur Darvill. It's been well-received by critics since its premiere at The Young Vic.

The solid cast for the feature film is rounded out by George Mackay (Gil), Ronke Adekoluejo (Yvonne), Ashley Thomas, Luke Norris, Joe Dempsie, Rakie Ayola and Mya Lewis.

Shadow and Act reports Netflix snagging the global rights to the film is their biggest UK deal yet. The film is supported by the British Film Institute (BFI) and Film4 with Lizzie Francke, Eva Yates, Jane Wright and Indira Guha as the executive producers.

UPDATE 10/01/2018: The trailer for Been So Long is here.

Take a look at a glimpse of the musical feature below.

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Watch Chika's Cerebral Performances on Jimmy Kimmel Live

The Nigerian-American MC drops serious bars in "No Squares" and "Richey v. Alabama."

Chika Oranika, also just known as Chika, recently made her late night TV debut on Jimmy Kimmel Live, guest hosted by Lena Waithe.

Waithe is a huge fan of the Nigerian-American wordsmith (as we all are, let's be real), especially since her freestyle about the rise and fall of Kanye West went viral last year. The rapper continues to be inspired about current events and eloquently gives much needed thoughts and commentary through straight bars.

With her performances of "No Squares" and "Richey v. Alabama" on the show, it's fair to say that she's the internet's unofficial poet laureate.

"We all know what's going on in Alabama right now, and I'm from Alabama. I felt like with this opportunity and the way that it lined up, it would make so much sense for me to come on here and speak for people who would otherwise feel voiceless," she shares with Waithe on what inspired "Richey v. Alabama."

She continues:

"Richey is the last name of one of my best friends who has such a powerful story when it comes to what's going on in Alabama. I felt like this would be a proper tribute to her, and also a proper tribute to all women in Alabama—all people in Alabama with wombs who are able to carry children—and I felt like this is my time to speak for us."

Watch her poignant performances below.

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South Africa's midfielder Linda Motlhalo (L) and South Africa's defender Janine Van Wyk celebrate after scoring a goal during the FIFA international friendly football match between South Africa and Jamaica at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban , South Africa on April 7, 2019. - South Africa's Women Team, known as "Banyana Banyana", has qualified for the FIFA Women's World Cup in France 2019. (Photo: ANESH DEBIKY/AFP/Getty Images)

South Africa's National Women's Football Team to Receive Equal Pay

The Banyana Banyana, will receive the same pay as their male counterparts for the first time ever as they head to the FIFA World Cup.

Last November it was announced that South Africa's national women's football Team, the Banyana Banyana, would be heading to the FIFA Women's World Cup for the first time ever. South Africans celebrated the news, but some also pointed out that despite their successes, the female players were still being payed less than their male counterparts.

This is set to change however, as for the first time ever South Africa's women's team and its men's team, Bafana Bafana, will earn the same pay as they head to the World Cup in France and the African Cup of Nations (Afcon) in Egypt, respectively, Times Live reports.

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Listen to Runtown's Surprise Release of His New EP 'Tradition'

#SoundgodBack.

Nigerian star hitmaker Runtown is back with the surprise drop of his latest EP, Tradition. The highly-anticipated 6-song release was due next Friday, but the artist got it all live earlier today.

"My team is probably going to kill me. I honestly tried my best to stick to the plan but I couldn't wait," Runtown mentions. "I have broken the protocols because I want you guys to have the music as quickly as possible. Do me a favor stream the EP until you can sing every song word for word."

Tradition features five new song alongside the previously released "Unleash," a collaboration with UK grime act Fekky.

The EP features production from Del B ("Redemption," "Unleash"), Spellz ("Emotions," "International Badman Killa"), Elputo ("Tradition") and Ransom Beatz ("Goose Bumps"). Overall, Tradition looks to bring the hazy & downtempo sonic world of Runtown's addictive hits like "Mad Over You" and "For Life" to higher levels.

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