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Watch Daniel Kaluuya's Striking Performance In the Official Trailer for 'Queen & Slim'

You'll want November 27 to come sooner rather than later after watching this.

Queue the feels.

The official trailer for Queen & Slim, Melina Matsoukas' feature film directorial debut, has dropped—and it's a must-watch.

In the clip, you'll get a bit more of an understanding of the journey between the Black Bonnie & Clyde as well as the swelling of their love in the face of injustice.


Ugandan-British actor Daniel Kaluuya's performance is nothing short of striking, alongside his co-star Jodie Turner-Smith.

In Queen & Slim, also written by Lena Waithe, we follow a retail employee and a criminal defense lawyer get caught in an escalated situation with the police after a cute first date. Things go from zero to 100, where Slim (Kaluuya) kills the officer in self-defense. Both he and Queen (Turner-Smith) decide to go on the run in lieu of the incident going viral. The couple in turn become symbol of black love being a revolutionary act as they embark on a journey of self-discovery.

In an interview with Variety, Matsoukas hopes this film contributes to the discourse around the current political climate in America. "There's going to be people on both sides in this narrative and hopefully most are on the right side of history and that we're part of changing that narrative into a space that does justice for black people," she says.

Continuing:

"We created this film to honor those black lives, people who have lost their lives because of police brutality and try to bring that conversation to the table. But the main theme is love—and how in our community as black people that's our best power to fight against injustice."

Watch below.

Alongside Kaluuya and Turner-Smith, Queen & Slim features Chloe Sevigny, Indya Moore, Sturgill Simpson, Bokeem Woodbine, Flea and more. Pitchfork adds that Dev Hynes of Blood Orange will be scoring the film.

A Universal Studios film, it's set to be released in theaters November 27. Revisit the first look here.

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The 13 Songs You Need to Hear This Week

Featuring Makwa x Maraza x AKA, Joeboy, Zlatan, Nadia Nakia, TOBi x The Game, Yilian Canizares, Aewon Wolf 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 playlists on Spotify and Apple Music.

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Trump Plans to Extend Travel Ban to Nigeria, Tanzania, Sudan, Eritrea & Three Other Countries

Here's what the travel ban could mean for these nations.

On Tuesday it was announced that Donald Trump's administration plans to extend its infamous travel ban to include seven new countries, many of them in Africa.

The countries named on the list, include Nigeria, Tanzania, Sudan and Eritrea, as well as Kyrgyzstan, Myanmar, and the Eastern European nation of Belarus. Politico first broke the news.

According to The Washington Post, the move would likely not be a complete ban on citizens looking to enter the US, however it could place various visa restrictions on some government officials and on those seeking certain type of visitor and business visas.

Some nations could also be banned from participation in the diversity travel lottery program, which grants green cards. Trump has threatened to sack the program in the past.

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A-Reece Releases His Second Song of 2020 ‘Selfish [EXP 2]’

Listen to A-Reece's new song 'Selfish [EXP 2].'

A-Reece has released another song via SoundCloud. "Selfish" is a minimalist song with its beat consisting mostly of gnarled guitar strings and a pulsating bongo drum.

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