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Viola Davis and Lupita Nyong'o Will Star In an Upcoming Film Based on the Dahomey Amazon Warriors

The two will play mother and daughter in the historical drama "The Woman King."

We'll never get enough of seeing powerful black woman on screen, and thanks to Lupita Nyong'o and Viola Davis we have more of this to look forward to.

The two actors will star as mother and daughter in The Woman King, a true story based on the legendary Dahomey Amazon Warriors—the all-women military regiment of present-day Benin who spearheaded battles against French colonizers.


The film will be produced by Davis' own JuVee Productions.

Here's a synopsis via Shadow and Act:

"The film is inspired by true events in the Kingdom of Dahomey, a powerful state in 18th century. It will tell the story of Nanisca (Davis), general of the all-female military unit known as the Amazons, and her daughter Nawi (Nyong'o), who together fought the French and neighboring tribes who violated their honor, enslaved their people, and threatened to destroy everything they've lived for."

Nyong'o is no stranger to playing fierce female roles. She's fresh of the heels of playing the "war dog" Nakia in Black Panther. The all-women army in the film known as the Dora Milaje—led by the powerhouse Danai Gurira—is also inspired by the Dahomey Women Warriors.

Last week it was announced that Nyong'o would play Trevor Noah's mother Patricia Noah in the upcoming film based on his best-selling autobiography, Born a Crime.

With the indomitable Viola Davis starring alongside her, this film is sure to a force, and another major win for black women in cinema. This is most certainly a story that needs to be told.

Women's History Month is truly off to a wonderful start!

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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.


Focalistic Ke Star (Official Music Video) ft Vigro Deep www.youtube.com

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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.