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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 He's mostly withdrawn from the outside world however, until a school security guard, played by Black-ish's Anthony Anderson tries to get him out of his shell in order to share his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.

Beats - A Netflix Film | Official Trailer youtu.be

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Hugh Masekela's New York City Legacy

A look back at the South African legend's time in New York City and his enduring presence in the Big Apple.

In Questlove's magnificent documentary, Summer of Soul, he captures a forgotten part of Black American music history. But in telling the tale of the 1969 Harlem Cultural Festival, the longtime musician and first-time filmmaker also captures a part of lost South African music history too.

Among the line-up of blossoming all-stars who played the Harlem festival, from a 19-year-old Stevie Wonder to a transcendent Mavis Staples, was a young Hugh Masekela. 30 years old at the time, he was riding the wave of success that came from releasing Grazing in the Grass the year before. To watch Masekela in that moment on that stage is to see him at the height of his time in New York City — a firecracker musician who entertained his audiences as much as he educated them about the political situation in his home country of South Africa.

The legacy Masekela sowed in New York City during the 1960s remains in the walls of the venues where he played, and in the dust of those that are no longer standing. It's in the records he made in studios and jazz clubs, and on the Manhattan streets where he once posed with a giant stuffed zebra for an album cover. It's a legacy that still lives on in tangible form, too, in the Hugh Masekela Heritage Scholarship at the Manhattan School of Music.

The school is the place where Masekela received his education and met some of the people that would go on to be life-long bandmates and friends, from Larry Willis (who, as the story goes, Masekela convinced to give up opera for piano) to Morris Goldberg, Herbie Hancock and Stewart Levine, "his brother and musical compadre," as Mabusha Masekela, Bra Hugh's nephew says.

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