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AUSTIN, TX - JUNE 07: Divine Oduduru of the Texas Tech Red Raiders celebrates their team win during the Division I Men's and Women's Outdoor Track & Field Championships held at Mike A. Myers Stadium on June 7, 2019 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Jamie Schwaberow/NCAA Photos via Getty Images)

Divine Oduduru Named 'Men's Track Athlete of the Year'

The Nigerian track star is unstoppable.

Nigerian-born track star Divine Oduduru is showing no signs of slowing down.

The 22-year-old student athlete who attends Texas Tech University, has been named the Men's Track Athlete of the Year by the US Track & Field and Cross-Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA). He is the co-winner alongside Grant Holloway from the University of Florida.


The news comes after the athlete announced his plans to pursue a professional career last week, which means he won't be completing his senior year at Texas Tech. "It's a tough one," said the athlete of his decision to turn pro. "This is my family. This has been my home. And you deciding to leave your home and go see the world, it's a difficult one, but sometimes it's the choice you have to make. I talked about it and we have a discussion with the coaches and everything, and they were like, 'It's time for you to go.' "

The athlete has certainly earned the title of Men's Track Athlete of the Year, considering all he's accomplished so far in his short career. He became the second fastest African athlete ever, just after Olusoji Fasuba, when he ran the 100m in just 9.86 seconds, and he's already booked for the 2020 Olympics, as Konbini notes.

In May, he broke the 100m record at the Big 12 Outdoor Championships, making him the first-ever athlete from the Big 12 Conference to be named Men's Track Athlete of the Year. Major Congrats to Oduduru.

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John Boyega Set to Star In Upcoming Netflix Sci-Fi Movie 'They Cloned Tyrone'

The film is being described as "Friday-meets-Get Out."

Fresh off his performance as Finn in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker John Boyega is set to take on another leading role, this time in the Netflix's upcoming sci-fi comedy They Cloned Tyrone. The Hollywood Reporter first broke the news.

The film will be the directorial debut of Juel Taylor the writer behind Creed 2. He co-wrote the script for They Cloned Tyrone with Tony Rettenmaier.

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AKA, Cassper Nyovest, Samthing Soweto and Others are on the SXSW 2020 Line-Up

9 African artists have been confirmed for next year's SXSW.

Nine artists from the continent, six of which are from South Africa, are among the first wave of Showcasing Artists on the SXSW 2020 line-up. AKA, Cassper Nyovest, Amanda Black, Samthing Soweto, Nadia Nakai and Moonchild Sanelly will be representing South Africa in the festival which takes place in Austin, Texas annually. Nigeria's Simi and Lady Donli and Lesotho's Morena Leraba are also on the line-up of showcasing artists, which consists of artists from 51 countries.

James Minor, Head of Music Festival at SXSW said:

"This season's first artist reveal is a compelling and diverse list of artists from all corners of the globe. In the continued spirit of discovery, we're pleased to give the world a glimpse of what it can expect to see next March; a genre-spanning and defying lineup of artists you'll undoubtedly be hearing about in the future."

The first wave of African artists is a great mixture of mainstream and niche artists, and it's highly likely to get even better with more artists being added in the near future before the festival takes place.

SXSW is taking place in Austin, TX between March 16 and 22.

View the current line-up here.

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Meet the Senegalese Designer Making Math Chic

Diarra Bousso uses algorithms to create designs for her line DIARRABLU.

Who knew that math and fashion could work together so seamlessly? Apparently Diarra Bousso did, the self-described "Creative Mathematician" and mastermind behind DIARRABLU. The Senegalese serial entrepreneur and multidisciplinary artist left a career of trading on Wall Street to pursue design and it paid off. She has just been awarded a coveted spot as the Designer in Residence at the San Francisco Fashion Incubator for her innovative use of equations and algorithms in her beautiful designs.

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Daniel Kaluuya Is Producing a Live-Action 'Barney' Movie with Mattel

Yes, you read that correctly.

In a move that absolutely no one saw coming, Oscar-nominated actor Daniel Kaluuya is set to produce a live-action Barney movie in conjunction with Mattel Films. The Hollywood Reporter first broke the story.

Kaluuya will co-produce the film as part of his 59% production banner, which signed a first-look deal with Paramount back in May. Speaking on his involvement with the project and the impact of Barney & Friends, Kaluuya had this to say: "Barney was a ubiquitous figure in many of our childhoods, then he disappeared into the shadows, left misunderstood. We're excited to explore this compelling modern-day hero and see if his message of 'I love you, you love me' can stand the test of time."

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