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NYC: Bajah + The Dry Eye Crew X Talib Kweli X J. Pinder Live At LPR [5/28]


Our boys Bajah + The Dry Eye Crew will be opening for half-a-Black Star emcee Talib Kweli this Monday. Anto over at OKP sheds the details, grab your tickets now:

Perhaps in an attempt to honor the world's prisoners of conscience, Talib Kweli has chosen this Memorial Day as the starting point of his Prisoner of Conscious tour. Okayplayer is proud to join with Fusicology, Move Forward Music and Blacksmith in bringing you this momentous event, even as we stand by for an official release date for this much-anticipated album. Kweli will be joined by Seattle wordsmith J. Pinder, as well as okayafrica favorites Bajah + The Dry Eye Crew. Click here to buy your tickets for the show at Le Poisson Rouge on May 28. Tour dates below.

5/28 – New York, NY – Le Poisson Rouge

5/30 – Cleveland, OH – Grog Shop

5/31 – Buffalo, NY – Town Ballroom

6/1 – Toronto, ON – Sound Academy

6/2 – Ann Arbor, MI – Blind Pig

6/3 – Indianapolis, IN – The Vogue

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Nana Mensah's 'Queen of Glory' To Screen At The 2021 TriBeCa Film Festival

Ghanaian-American actress, writer and filmmaker Nana Mensah talks tenacity in filmmaking and telling immigrant stories from a joyful perspective.

Much has changed in the time since Nana Mensah first had the idea for her directorial feature debut — a dark comedy about a Ghanaian-American scientist trying to reconcile her family heritage in the wake of her mother's death — and began the Kickstarter in 2014 that would help turn it into a film. It may have taken a few years, but the movie Queen of Glory is now showcasing as part of the TriBeCa Film Festival's 20th edition, with a world premiere set to take place at Hudson River Park on June 15th.

When Mensah began working on the film, she was trying to break into an industry that lacked roles for complex, conflicted characters — particularly for Black women. So, she co-founded a production company with her friend Anya Migdal to create those very kinds of projects. She has since forged a solid stage and screen career, with roles in Netflix's Bonding and 13 Reasons Why, as well as NBC's New Amsterdam, and in theatrical productions alongside the likes of Meryl Streep, Kevin Kline and Anthony Mackie. Last year she was in Ekwa Msinga's Farewell Amor, as well as Apple's Anthology series Little America, and she'll soon be seen in Netflix's The Chair with Sandra Oh this summer and Kogonada's upcoming film After Yang, with Colin Farrell. Yet through it all, Mensah has never lost sight of finishing her first film project.

She opens up about what it took to get the film from a mere idea to the TriBeCa Film Festival.

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