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Thuso Mbedu Will Play the Lead Role in Amazon's 'Underground Railroad' Series

The two-time Emmy-nominated South African actress will lead an American cast in the upcoming series.

South African women continue to fly the flag high and Thuso Mbedu's lead role in Amazon's Underground Railroad series is proof of just that. Mbedu received an award last year from the South African Film and Television Awards (SAFTAs) for her lead role in the local drama Is'Thunzi as well as her second Emmy nomination for the same role earlier this year.


Mbedu took to Instagram to tell her fans in true South African fashion that "she got the job".

She also added that:

"It was such an amazing process and experience. Like, true story, just prepping to audition for this role made me grow so much. It's such a blessing and honour to tell this story... Again, words fail me so I'll stop there for now."

Plans to start the Underground Railroad series, created by Oscar winner Barry Jenkins, started about two years ago according to Variety.

The series, which plays out over 11 episodes, will follow the life of Cora (Mbedu), a slave who escapes a Georgia plantation in search of her freedom and the "mythical" Underground Railroad which helped African-American slaves escape to what were then considered free states. However, Cora soon finds out that the underground labyrinth of tracks and tunnels is no myth at all.

Mbedu will star alongside Chase Dillon who has a role in Tracy Oliver's BET series First Wives Club and Aaron Pierre who's recently wrapped up the second season of David Goyer's series, Krypton.






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Lukhanyo Mdingi on Making his Paris Fashion Week Debut

We talked to the South African designer who, after co-winning the LMVH Prize last year, showcased his Bodyland Autumn/Winter 22-23 collection in Paris earlier this month.

In 2015, South African designer Lukhanyo Mdingi founded his eponymous label. Inspired by his mother and grandmother who raised him, Mdingi has created a formidable brand that is centered on building a bridge between heritage and timeless fashion pieces. Since the brand’s inception, Mdingi has made great strides in fashion, from his NYFW debut in 2019 to being crowned a joint winner of the 2021 LVMH Karl Lagerfeld Prize.

This year, Mdingi took his vision of Africa to France’s fashion capital, Paris, where he made his Bodyland Autumn/Winter 22-23 debut for the Paris Fashion Week Menswear Collection. Being the first designer on the program schedule to present, Mdingi showcased a collection that spoke of the relationship he shares with himself and the artisans he collaborates with. For the past two years, Mdingi has been working to source his woven textiles and knitwear from crafts communities in Burkina Faso, Somalia, and the Eastern Cape, and the collection featured textural and sartorial nuances paying homage to his being a young Black creative.

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Ayra Starr Proves That She Is Not To Be Toyed With In New Video For 'Beggie Beggie'

The Nigerian superstar joins forces with fellow singer CKay in her latest run at topping the charts.

Nigerian singer Ayra Starr joins forces with fellow Nigerian crooner CKay to bring fans a passionate reminder of how complex romantic relationships can be. The 19-year singer-songwriter has finally gifted us with the accompanying visuals to power ballad 'Beggie Beggie', off of her 2021 debut album 19 & Dangerous.

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The Ebo Sisters on Debuting Their First Feature Film at Sundance

Nigerian-American filmmakers Adamma and Adnanne Ebo are premiering their debut feature film Honk for Jesus. Save Your Soul, starring Regina Hall and Sterling K. Brown at the Sundance Film Festival.

Growing up in Atlanta’s Nigerian community, the church played a big part in the lives of Adamma and Adanne Ebo. So it’s no surprise the identical twin sisters, who founded Ejime Productions (twins in Igbo) together, centered their first feature film around the subject of religion.

Honk for Jesus. Save Your Soul is making its debut at the Sundance Film Festival, with Adamma as writer-director and Adanne as producer, alongside the likes of Regina Hall and Sterling K Brown, who star in the film, and Daniel Kaluuya. The film is a satire on for-profit religion, exploring a couple, played by Hall and Brown, who run a Southern Baptist megachurch trying to manage the aftermath of a scandal.

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A Ugandan Author Has Been Abducted By The Military For Calling The President's Son 'Obese'

Ugandan courts set Kakwenza Rukirabashaija free on bail this week before unidentified security forces "picked him up". His whereabouts are currently unknown.