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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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Sarkodie Is Not Feeling Any Pressure

The elite Ghanaian rapper affirms his king status with this seventh studio album, No Pressure.

Sarkodie is one of the most successful African rappers of all time. With over ten years of industry presence under his belt, there's no question about his prowess or skin in the game. Not only is he a pioneer of African hip-hop, he's also the most decorated African rapper, having received over 100 awards from close to 200 nominations over the span of his career.

What else does Sarkodie have to prove? For someone who has reached and stayed at the pinnacle of hip-hop for more than a decade, he's done it all. But despite that, he's still embracing new growth. One can tell just by listening to his latest album, No Pressure, Sarkodie's seventh studio album, and the follow-up to 2019's Black Love which brought us some of the Ghanaian star's best music so far. King Sark may be as big as it gets, but the scope of his music is still evolving.

Sonically, No Pressure is predominantly hip-hop, with the first ten tracks offering different blends of rap topped off with a handful of afrobeats and, finally, being crowned at the end with a gospel hip-hop cut featuring Ghanaian singer MOG. As far as the features go, Sark is known for collaborating mostly with his African peers but this time around he branches out further to feature a number of guests from around the world. Wale, Vic Mensa, and Giggs, the crème de la crème of rap in America and the UK respectively all make appearances, as well as Nigeria's Oxlade, South Africa's Cassper Nyovest, and his fellow Ghanaian artists Darkovibes and Kwesi Arthur.

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