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Uzo Aduba to Portray Shirley Chisholm In New FX Limited Television Series 'Mrs. America'

The Emmy-award winning actress will play the Civil Rights icon in an upcoming nine-part series about the Equal Rights Act.

Uzo Aduba is gearing up for a major role, as she's set to play the politician, author and first black woman to be elected to US Congress, Shirley Chisholm, in an upcoming limited series from FX, Shadow and Act reports.

The series, titled "Mrs America" will also star Cate Blanchett and will center on several American female figures and the fight to pass the Equal Rights Amendment, which proposed that civil rights not be determined on the basis of sex.

READ: 100 Women: Uzo Aduba Wants to Use Her Roles to Give a Voice to the Voiceless


Here's a description of the show from FX via Shadow & Act:

Mrs. America tells the story of the movement to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA), and the unexpected backlash led by a conservative woman named Phyllis Schlafly, played by Blanchett. Through the eyes of the women of that era - both Schlafly and second wave feminists Gloria Steinem, Betty Friedan, Shirley Chisholm, Bella Abzug and Jill Ruckelshaus - the series explores how one of the toughest battlegrounds in the culture wars of the 70s helped give rise to the Moral Majority and forever shifted our political landscape.

The series will also star Rose Byrne as Gloria Steinem, Ari Graynor as Brenda Feigen-Fasteau, Melanie Lynskey, who will play Rosemary Thomson, James Marsden as Phil Carne, Sarah Paulson as the fictional character Alice, and several other recognizable actors.

We spoke with the Emmy-winning actress, who was one of OkayAfrica's 2018 100 Women, last year. She spoke about understanding the sacrifices and struggles of those who came before us, of which we might add Chisholm, the first Black major-party candidate to run for president of the United States, is an obvious example of.

"Whatever I think is hard is nowhere near what hard is. First solid lesson," she said. "Anything that I considered to be difficult, I don't have to reach that far back into my history and to my community stories to know what hard really looked like."

"Mrs America" will premiere as a 9-episode series on FX. The show's exact premiere date is yet to be announced, but we'll keep you posted as we learn more.

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Reekado Banks Recalls The Carnage of The #EndSARS Protests In Single 'Ozumba Mbadiwe'

The Nigerian singer pays his respects to those lost during last year's #EndSARS protests.

Nigerian singer and songwriter Reekado Banks is back with a track that is as socially important as it is a banger. It seems fitting for the singer's first solo release of the year to be a tribute to his fellow countrypeople fighting for a country that they all wish to live in. The 27-year-old Afrobeats crooner has returned with endearing track 'Ozumba Mbadiwe', honoring the one-year anniversary of the #EndSARS protests that saw the Nigerian government authorize an onslaught of attacks on Nigerian citizens for their anti-government demonstrations.

The protests took the world by storm, additionally because the Nigerian government insists that none of the police brutality happened. In an attempt to gaslight the globe, Nigerian officials have come out to hoards to deny any and all accusations of unlawfully killing peaceful protesters. Banks mentions the absurd denials in the track, singing "October 20, 2020 something happened with the government, they think say we forget," in the second verse. Reekado's reflective lyrics blend smoothly and are supported by the upbeat, effortless Afrobeat rhythm.

In another reflective shoutout to his home, 'Ozumba Mbadiwe' is named after a popular expressway on Lagos Island that leads to the infamous Lekki Toll Gate where protesters were shot at, traumatized, and murdered. Although packed with conscious references, the P.Priime produced track is a perfect amalgamation of the talents that Reekado Banks has to offer; a wispy opening verse, a hook to kill, and an ethereal aura to mark this as a song as a hit. On "Ozumba Mbadiwe," all the elements align for Reekado's signature unsinkable sound to take flight.

Check out Reekado Bank's lyric video for his single 'Ozumba Mbadiwe'

Reekado Banks - Ozumba Mbadiwe (Lyric Video) www.youtube.com

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