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Uzo Aduba Gives a Striking Performance In the Trailer for Upcoming Hip Hop Drama 'Beats'

The actress plays the mother of a reclusive hip hop prodigy in the upcoming Netflix film, also starring Anthony Anderson.

Emmy-winning actress, Uzo Aduba, has proved her acting chops yet again in the intense trailer for Netlfix's "Beats."

The coming-of-age film follows a teen from Chicago—played by newcomer Khalil Everage—who just so happens to be a hip hop prodigy who makes beats in his room. He's mostly withdrawn from the outside world however, until a school security guard, played by Black-ish's Anthony Anderson tries to get him out of his shell in order to share his musical gift with the world.

We see Aduba give a stoic performance as the young protagonist's protective mother.


Here is the full description of the movie via Shadow & Act:

In this coming-of-age drama, a reclusive teenage musical prodigy (Everage) forms an unlikely friendship with a down-on-his-luck high school security guard (Anderson). United by their mutual love of hip hop, they try to free each other from the demons of their past and break into the city's music scene.

It also stars Emayatzy Corinealdi and Dave East, as well as a slew of local Chicago talent, like Young Chop, who produced original music for the film, as noted in Konbini.

Next, Aduba will portray the Civil Rights icon, Shirley Chisholm, the first black woman to run for president of the United Staes, in the FX series "Mrs. America."

"Beats" hits Netflix on June 19. Watch the trailer below.

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Cimarrón Is the Women-Led Film Production Company Empowering Afro-Colombians to Tell Their Own Stories

The "first Afro-Colombian film production company," is teaching filmmaking in Colombia's black communities in order to combat the lack of representation.

When filmmaker, activist, and cultural agent Heny Cuesta first started her career in Colombia, she noticed a severe lack of black creators in the industry. Cuesta, an Afro-Colombian originally from Cali, was the only Black woman in a room full of mestizo directors at a panel discussion at the International Film Festival in Cartagena de Indias (FICCI) in 2013.

"None of the filmmakers were black, but they were talking about ethnic content despite the fact that they didn't know the territory," says Cuesta. That scene shocked her, but it reflected the low number of movies directed by black directors in Colombia. In 2018, Colombia's film industry premiered 37 feature films and only one of them –Candelaria– was directed by a black director. It received many international awards.

The lack of blackness in Colombia's film industry goes far beyond studios, film festivals and production companies. Afro-Colombians make up almost 20 percent of the population but historically have had few opportunities to access education. Most black Colombians, who come from cities and towns along the Pacific and the Caribbean coasts, have been neglected and isolated due to a lack of infrastructure, as well as a lack of education and job opportunities.

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Watch this Stunning South African Documentary Film 'Womanhood'

South African women from different walks of life speak about their experiences of womanhood through various lenses.

Womanhood is a short documentary film which is the result of a collaboration between South African insurer 1st For Women and digital media platform Vice. The short documentary features an array of South African women from different and diverse backgrounds speaking about what womanhood means to them. The documentary itself focuses on five important themes: freedom, body, pain, motherhood and future.

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Video: Mr Eazi On How He's Helping Young African Artists Grow

In 'Moments With: Mr Eazi,' the buzzing Nigerian star tells us about Banku music, being a serial entrepreneur, and how he's been pushing young African artists through his emPawa initiative.

Mr Eazi stopped by our offices in New York City during a packed round of promo around his new emPawa platform.

The Nigerian star sat down with OkayAfrica and spoke in-depth about his early days, how his friends all pooled money to help him get started, how his famous 'hat' look came about, the blend of Ghanaian & Nigerian sounds that make up Banku music and more recent things like collaboration with J Balvin and Bad Bunny.

Watch our Moments With video with Mr Eazi below.

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The 14 Songs You Need to Hear This Week

Featuring Asa, Patoranking x Busiswa, $pacely, Vagabon, Shane Eagle 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 and Apple Music here.

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

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