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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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Dying Lagoons Reveal Mexico’s Environmental Racism

In the heart of a traditionally Black and Indigenous use area in Southwest Mexico, decades of environmental destruction now threatens the existence of these communities.

On an early morning in September 2017, in a little fishing village in the Pacific coast of Oaxaca, called Zapotalito, thousands of dead fish floated on the surface of the Chacahua-Pastoría lagoons. A 7.1-magnitude earthquake, which rattled Mexico City on September 19, was felt as far down as Zapotalito, and the very next morning, its Black, Indigenous and poor Mestizo residents, who depend on the area's handful of lagoons for food and commerce, woke up to an awful smell and that terrible scene of floating fish.

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Watch Focalistic & Vigro Deep’s New Music Video For ‘Ke Star’

The 'Lockdown Level 1 anthem' has come to life through fire visuals.

South African artist Focalistic has released a music video to accompany his hit single, "Ke Star" featuring Vigro Deep.

The rising artist continues solidifying his place with his effortless skill of blending his hip-hop roots with a love for amapiano.

South Africans certainly loved it enough to let it into their homes. Social media users quickly began sharing videos of themselves dancing away their lockdown woes to "Ke Star," helping share the track all over the world.

Directed by Steezus in Focalistic's childhood stomping ground, Ga-Rankuwa, Zone 2, the artist mentions: "The video was to try to explain the song in its fullest form and more importantly tell a genuine South African story. We're pushing a movement and there has to be visual representation." He certainly is representing the nation with pride.


Watch the music video for "Ke Star" here.


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The 9 Songs You Need to Hear This Week

Featuring Olamide, Nasty C, Davido, Mr Eazi x Nicki Minaj and more.

Every week, we highlight the cream of the crop in music through our best music of the week column.

Here's our round up of the best tracks and music videos that came across our desks, which you can also check out in our Songs You Need to Hear This Week playlists on Spotify and Apple Music.

Follow our SONGS YOU NEED TO HEAR THIS WEEK playlist on Spotify here, Apple Music here and YouTube Music here

Check out all of OkayAfrica's playlists on Spotify and Apple Music.

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Listen to Alicia Keys & Diamond Platnumz’ New Song ‘Wasted Energy’

The Tanzanian music icon and American star team up on the track from her new album, ALICIA.