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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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Listen to Burna Boy Feature On Popcaan's New Song 'Aboboyaa'


Renowned dancehall artist Popcaan has released his album Great Is He, via OVO Sound, and it features none other than Burna Boy.


Jamaica's Popcaanhas shared his anticipated album Great Is He, and the body of work features Nigerian superstar Burna Boy on the track "Aboboyaa."

The album showcases the Jamaican musical giant's signature dancehall sound, while also exploring the depth of genre's versatility. In addition to featuring Burna Boy, Great Is He includes features from OVO Sound's boss Drake, Jamaica's Chronic Law, and Toni-Ann Singh, among others.

On "Aboboyaa," the two musical powerhouses merge their signature rhythmic melodies and intonations in a way that is both compelling to listen to on the first listen, and in turn inspires a second and third listen.

Ever since he released his debut album in 2014, Popcaan has become an international dancehall sensation, and his repertoire includes a list of impressive features.

His album Forever, which was released in 2018, debuted at number two on Billboard’s Top Reggae Albums. Commercially, Popcaan has made a mark on the music scene too. His last project FIXTAPE — which included “Twist & Turn,” the mesmerizing dancehall hit featuring Drake and PARTYNEXTDOOR — has garnered over 191 million streams and continues to receive accolades from outlets like Pitchfork, who described the body of work as “a testament to his place at the forefront of the genre.”

"Aboboyaa" is not Popcaan's first international collaboration. In the past, the Jamaican icon has worked with several international music acts including Davido, Jamie xx, Young Thug, Gorillaz, Kano, Jorja Smith and a host of others. He also founded Jamaica’s annual Unruly Festwhich brings stars across the globe to experience Jamaican culture.

Listen to "Aboboyaa" featuring Burna Boy below.

Listen to Popcaan and Burna Boy's "Aboboyaa"

Photo: Nabil Elderkin.

The Songs You Need to Hear This Week

Featuring Popcaan x Burna Boy, Bongeziwe Mabandla, Mr Eazi, Baaba Maal, Pheelz and more.

Every Friday, we highlight the top releases through our best music of the week column, Songs You Need to Hear. Here's our round-up of the best tracks and music videos that came across our desks.

If you like these music lists, you can also check out our Best Songs of the Month columns following Nigerian, Ghanaian, East African and South African music. If you missed them, check out our music lists for the Best of 2022 here.

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In his Imaginative Debut Feature, Walé Oyéjidé Brings Together Elements of His Life’s Work

The Nigerian American director has long used the tools of his multi-hyphenate trade to expand the ways Africans are seen. Premiering at the Sundance Film Festival, 'Bravo, Burkina!' gives him a larger canvas on which to paint.

Whether it’s employing asylum seekers to model his designs or adding his flair to a piece of pivotal clothing that the late Chadwick Boseman wore in Black Panther, Walé Oyéjidé has always been about using whatever elements he can to push the ways Africans have traditionally been portrayed. What he hinted at in his short film After Migration: Calabria (available on the Criterion Channel), which tells the story of two refugees settling in Italy, he now gets to explore further in the feature debut, Bravo, Burkina!

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