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The Stories You Need to Know: Lupita Nyong'o and Rihanna's Twitter Film Gets the Green Light, South African Men Protest Sexual Violence and More

Netflix picks up the social media-generated movie about Lupita Nyong'o and Rihanna, Wizkid wins three Billboard awards, and more.

DIASPORA—The Twitter-generated film concept, based on a 2014 photo of Lupita Nyong'o and Rihanna, is coming to life, Entertainment Weekly reports. The film has been picked up in "a very aggressive bid" by Netflix, and will be directed by Ava DuVernay. Issa Rae is in talks to write the script.


Rihanna and Lupita made an informal Twitter agreement to star in the movie together last month. Read the full story via Entertainment Weekly.

SOUTH AFRICA—Hundreds of men gathered in South Africa's capital on Saturday, to protest violence against women for the #NotInMyName demonstration. The event was organized in response to rampant gender-based violence in the country.

"The time to take collective responsibility for our shameful action is now," Kholofelo Masha, one of the organizers, told the BBC. "You hear a lady screaming next door, you decide to sleep when you know there is a problem. No man should beat a woman or rape a woman while you're watching."

Check out a recap of the #NotInMyName protest, here.

DIASPORA— Wizkid won three awards at last night's Billboard Music Awards. He won for “Top R&B Song,” “Top Streaming Song (Audio),” and “Top R&B Collaboration,” for his 2016 Drake collaboration "One Dance."

SOUTH AFRICA—A drought has been declared in South Africa's Western Cape. The warning is set to last about three months.

With the onset of the drought, the region faces its most intense water shortage in about 113 years, reports BBC Africa.

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The 10 Best Ghanaian Songs of the Month (July)

Featuring Black Sherif, Sarkodie, Stonebwoy, M3NSA x M.anifest, and more.

As the summer winds down releases have slowed down just a tad, but it's nothing to fear because a number of our Ghanaian music faves are in album mode, and it's only a matter of time before they let loose! In the meantime the rest of our faves have been steady dishing out that fire, making for another month of dope releases. Want the scoop? Check out the best Ghanaian songs of the month below!

Follow our GHANA WAVE playlist on Spotify here and Apple Music here.

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The 7 Best East African Songs of the Month (July)

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