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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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Wizkid Spoils Fans By Dropping the Music Video For 'No Stress'

Oh, you thought he was done for the day?

All in a day's work! Nigerian superstar Wizkid is climbing his way further and further up the charts (and our lists of favourites) by releasing visuals to accompany track "No Stress," off of his freshly released album Made In Lagos.

It's hard not to move to the track on its own, and now we have a plethora of beautiful African women to virtually jam out with. The release of the second single off the high anticipated MIL album comes as Wizkid toyed with fans by simply tweeting "No Stress."

So far, the album has amassed over a million streams in under 24 hours on Boomplay. The 14-track album features music heavy weights including Burna Boy, Skepta, Damian Marley, H.E.R., Ella Mai and Terri.

The album was originally meant to drop two weeks ago, but with the political and social terror occurring presently in his home country Nigeria, Wizkid chose to delay it.

Watch the music video for "No Stress" by Wizkid below.

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