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Watch the First Full-Length Trailer of Disney's 'Lion King'

The official trailer for the live-action remake is finally here.

Disney has just dropped the first full-length trailer for its highly-anticipated live-action, remake of the Lion King.

The film, which will star Childish Gambino and Beyoncé, as Simba and Nala, respectively—as well as Chiwetel Ejiofor as the villainous Scar—is set to hit theaters on July 19, following the 25th anniversary of the original's release.

Narrated by the iconic bass of James Earl Jones, who reprises his role as Mufasa, the nearly two-minute trailer introduces the film's familiar characters, and narrative. It mirrors many of the iconic scenes from the original, including the opening sequence of the animal kingdom gathering at Pride Rock.


The film "journeys to the African savanna where a future king must overcome betrayal and tragedy to assume his rightful place on Pride Rock," as noted in a synopsis via Shadow and Act.

The film's star-studded cast also includes Alfre Woodard as Sarabi, veteran South African actor John Kani as Rafiki, Eric André as Azizi, Ugandan actress Florence Kasumba as Shenzi, JD McCrary as Young Simba, Shahadi Wright-Joseph as Young Nala and Keegan-Michael Key as Kamari, John Oliver as Zazu, Seth Rogen as Pumba and more.

Watch the trailer below.

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Watch Lady Moon & The Eclipse's New Video For 'Global Warning'

Just in time for Earth Day.

Brooklyn-based outfit Lady Moon & The Eclipse, who we've previously covered for their blend of R&B; and afrobeat, are back with the new single, "Global Warning."

The song and music video, which we're premiering today for Earth Day, is a head-nodder anchored by a heavy funk bass line and led by vocalist Lady Moon's (Ngonda Badila) lyrics about our drastically changing environment.

The new video for "Global Warning," directed by James Kwan, is a shape-shifting affair that cycles through colorful animated drawings and collage-like scenes of Lady Moon dancing in front of different habitats.

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Ugandan Lawmaker and Activist Bobi Wine Has Been Arrested by Authorities—Again

The outspoken artist, activist and legislator was detained Monday after police shut down a recent concert of his.

Ugandan police have arrested artist, activist and legislator Bobi Wine, AFP reports.

He was detained Monday after police shut down a recent concert, where they fired tear gas at his supporters and fans, according to his wife Barbie Itungo Kyagulanyi. "He has been arrested in Busabala, where he was to address the media on the cancellation of his concert by the police," she says to AFP.

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Listen to Larry Gaaga and Wizkid's New Single 'Low'

Plus, watch the track's new music video.

Larry Gaaga recruits Nigerian superstar Wizkid for his latest single, "Low."

The new song, which is produced by BlaqJerzee, pairs a sparse beat with smooth synth keys and Wizkid's delivery about keeping things "on the low."

It comes paired with a brand new music video, directed by Mr. Moe Musa, that shows Wizkid and Larry Gaaga in a pristine white room as they perform the song along with some company.

Larry Gaaga, the Nigerian music executive-turned-artist, has been churning out some hits and big time collaborations lately like the 2Baba-featuring "Iworiwo" and "Baba Nla," alongside Burna Boy, D'banj and 2Baba.

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