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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.

Listen to Solo’s New Single ‘Promises’ Featuring Kwesta

Solo and Kwesta connect on 'Promises.'

Solo and Kwesta share a bouncy kwaito beat on "Promises." Kwesta's at home over an instrumental of this kind. It's, however, a shift on Solo's side, who hasn't been known for new age kwaito. The rapper adapts his delivery accordingly, using fewer words than you'd normally expect in his verse.

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Listen to Jidenna's New Album, '85 to Africa'

Plus watch the music video for his latest single "Worth the Weight" featuring Seun Kuti.

It's been two years since Jidenna dropped his debut album, The Chief, today, the artist shares his latest studio album 85 to Africa.

In the lead-up to the album's release, the artist dropped the singles "Tribe," "Sufi Woman" "Sou Sou," and "Zodi" featuring fellow Nigerian artist Mr Eazi. He also held several listening parties across the US ahead of its release, and from what we can tell from videos that have been circulating on social media—they've been a really great time for both Jidenna and his fans.

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Mr Eazi & Simi Drop the New Single and Video For 'Doyin'

A head-nodding Afro-R&B track produced by Killertunes.

Mr Eazi seems to be in unstoppable work mode right now as he's been popping up in big singles and collaborations all over the place this summer, as well as continuing his emPawa Africa initiative.

For his latest single, "Doyin," Eazi connects with Nigerian singer Simi for a head-nodding Afro-RnB track. The new song, which is built on woozy synthesizers and mid-tempo beat work, was produced by Killertunes. Eazi and Simi trade verses in the addictive single, which comes paired with a new music video directed by Manuel Concha.

Read: The Music Business of Mr Eazi

"Doyin" is the first song released through emPawa Distribution, a digital music aggregator focused solely on distributing African music, which Eazi announced after the success of emPawa Africa. Speaking of the initiative, emPawa Africa is now reopened to submissions that will help fund the music videos of 30 up-and-coming artists and offer mentorship from big name artists.

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