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South African Actress Nomzamo Mbatha has Joined the 'Coming 2 America' Cast

She joins Tracy Morgan, Wesley Snipes, Leslie Jones, Kiki Layne and several others in the sequel to the 1988 comedy.

South African actress Nomzamo Mbatha, along with American actress Garcelle Beauvais, are the latest additions to the Coming 2 America cast. The sequel to the popular 1988 comedy film, will star its original leads Eddie Murphy and Arsenio Hall, and will be directed by Craig Brewer, Deadline reports. According to The Hollywood Reporter, production of the film is underway and shooting is set to begin next week.


Mbatha will reportedly take on one of the lead roles, although it is not clear at this point which one that will be. A few months ago, the actress moved to Los Angeles and left many South Africans wondering what she had developing in the pipeline that necessitated the move abroad.

TimesLIVE reports that Mbatha released a statement saying, "To God be the glory. It is truly unreal to me. The sacrifices have paid off. The goal was never insurmountable, but rather a path of commitment, diligent work and sacrifices by me and my team". The actress added that, "Moving to Los Angeles was a choice of faith, and God has surpassed my wildest dreams. This moment is bigger than me—this moment is for every single girl who doubts herself or just how big her God is. My life is a testament to that. My life says God is bigger than ginormous! I am grateful, I am humbled, I am honored to be cast in Coming 2 America."

While the likes of James Earl Jones, John Amos and Shari Headley will be returning to reprise their original roles, new members of the international cast include Tracy Morgan, Wesley Snipes, Leslie Jones, Kiki Layne, Rotimi, Teyana Taylor and several others. Coming 2 America is slated to be released in December 2020.

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Nigerian Feature Film 'Eyimofe' Set to Premiere at the Berlin International Film Festival

This is the first independent film from Nigeria to premiere at the festival.

Nigerian feature film Eyimofe is set to premiere at the 70th Berlin International Film Festival (BIFF) which will begin today, according to PulseNG.

Eyimofe (translated to "this is my desire"), which tells the story of migrants and their pursuit for better lives in Europe (Italy and Spain specifically), is the first independent film from Nigeria to premiere at the festival.

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In Conversation with Daniel Kaluuya and Melina Matsoukas: 'This isn't a Black Bonnie and Clyde film—our stories are singular, they're ours.'

'Queen and Slim' lands in South Africa.

Melina Matsoukas and Daniel Kaluuya are everything their surroundings at the opulent Saxon Hotel are not—down-to-earth and even comedic at times. Despite the harsh lights and cameras constantly in their faces, they joke around and make the space inviting. They're also eager to know and pronounce the names of everyone they meet correctly. "It's Rufaro with an 'R'? Is that how you say it?" Kaluuya asks me as he shakes my hand.

Matsoukas, a two-time Grammy award winning director and Kaluuya, an A-list actor who's starred in massive titles including Black Panther and Get Out, have every reason to be boastful about their achievements and yet instead, they're relatable.

The duo is in South Africa to promote their recent film Queen Slim which is hitting theaters today and follows the eventful lives of a Black couple on the run after killing a police officer. It's a film steeped in complexity and layered themes to do with racism, police brutality and of course Black love.

We caught up with both of them to talk about just what it took from each of them to bring the powerful story to the big screen.

This interview has been edited for length and clarity.

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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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