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The Side Eye: Amber Rose, Gerard Butler, the King of Swaziland and More!

The 'Side eye' is the facial response given to people, events, or actions that are silly and ridiculous. Side Eye Stories will summarize instances that we can't be bothered to write a long-form response to, but wanna express our skepticism towards. Without further ado, here are this week's picks:


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Machine Gun Preacher premiered last Friday - a little late in the game don't you think? What year is this? 2006?

We thought Hollywood exasperated their white-man-in-dark-Africa narrative after The Last King of Scotland and Blood Diamond. But alas, here comes Gerard Butler in a bid to take on the "dark continent" and save some Africans.

We're always pleased with the way that these strong heroes end up saving themselves in the process of "saving" Africans. Because, you know, African settings are only useful to stage the white man's transformation. We also love the way the Africans in these stories are dehumanized - and their heinous conflicts depoliticized - to augment the resilience of said white dudes. Mega SIDE EYE and some ROLLING EYES.

And a ton more, after the jump.

 

Above is the new official poster for the biopic, Winnie starring Jennifer Hudson and Terrence Howard as Winnie and Nelson Mandela. We don't really expect this film to be taken that seriously - as the poster says, it's some sort of epic "love story" - but we'll get cranky if it misrepresents and de-contextualizes the struggle, nah mean? It received a pretty mild review at the Toronto film festival.

 

According to moejackson.com,  the King of Swaziland Mswati III was caught wandering the streets of NYC this week with some of his wives, apparently staying at the same hotel as the Kardashian family. Sadly, that's not the King of Swaziland. [Editor's note: we made the joke clearer this time around.]

 

Last but not least, Amber Rose went to Ghana to talk to school girls about women's empowerment. We first gave her a major stank face (akin to the side eye but more hardcore) but then we read her blog and felt kinda bad. (Side note, kudos on the elements of style. We too will go with "ppl" from now on.)

"Why wouldn’t I speak to those girls? I AM West African just like them, I grew up poor just like them, most of those girls quit school to take care of their families JUST LIKE I DID. So how the hell do they not relate to my life and I theirs??? Talking to those young girls wasn’t a job for me feeding those kids wasn’t a job for me it wasn’t for publicity and I didn’t get paid to do it. I went there cuz I LOVE to help ppl. I DON’T want a pat on the back for shit that I do from my heart or even a thank u it was my blessing to go out to Ghana it is a second home for me now and it changed my life FOREVER!"

OMG!!!!!!!!! Give her a break ppl!!!!!!!!

If you have side eye suggestions from around the internets, forward them to Swank at okayafrica@okayplayer.com

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The Beninese actor comes in replacing Brian Tyree Henry who withdrew over scheduling conflicts.

Djimon Hounsou will be joining the second iteration of the 2018 Paramount blockbuster thriller, A Quiet Place, Deadline reports.

The Beninese actor is stepping in to replace Brian Tyree Henry and will be playing a leading role in A Quiet Place Part II. Tyree was forced to exit the project due to scheduling issues. Hounsou will be joining the cast including Emily Blunt, Noah Jupe and Cillian Murphy.

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South African Musical Icon Johnny Clegg Has Died

Rest in peace to one of "South Africa's greatest sons."

South African musician Johnny Clegg, passed away on Tuesday at his home in Johannesburg, following a four year battle with pancreatic cancer, Reuters reports. He was 66.

The artist was the founder of the bands Juluka and Savuka, two mixed-raced bands formed during the apartheid era. He was known as a vocal critic of the apartheid regime, writing the 1987 song "Asimbonanga" for a then incarcerated Nelson Mandela. The song became a rallying cry for South Africans fighting or freedom.

He performed the tribute with Mandela on stage in 1999, which you can watch below.

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Watch the Hazy Music Video for Burna Boy's 'Secret' Featuring Jeremih and Serani

Burna Boy drops a new music video for a fan favorite from his Grammy-nominated album 'African Giant.'

Grammy-nominated Burna Boy shares the music for the latest single "Secret," a fan favorite from his seminal album African Giant.

The track, which features American singer Jeremih and Jamaican dancehall artist Serani, is arguably one of the album's most fun and memorable tracks. The song gets a hazy music video starring the three artists in various dimly-lit, monochromatic settings. The video was directed by David Camarena.

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Listen to J Hus' New Album 'Big Conspiracy'

The artist's highly-anticipated sophomore album features Burna Boy, Koffee and more.

J Hus is back. The heavyweight British-Gambian artist returns with his highly-anticipated sophomore album Big Conspiracy.

The 13-track album features the likes of Burna Boy, who joins the artist on the upbeat track "Play Play," as well as buzzing Jamaican artist Koffee who appears on the track "Repeat," one of the album's clear standouts.

It also features a new artist by the name of iceè tgm on three tracks. Some fans have speculated that the mysterious artist is J Hus' sister. The album includes the previously released single 'Must Be,' which he dropped in November of last year.

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