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Watch the Trailer for 'Queen & Slim' Starring Daniel Kaluuya and Jodie Turner-Smith

Take a first look at the upcoming romantic drama from 'Insecure' director Melina Matsoukas.

In July of last year, it was announced that Oscar-nominated actor Daniel Kaluuya and rising actress Jodie Turner-Smith would star in the romantic drama Queen Slim from Insecure director, Melina Matsoukas. The trailer for the highly-anticipated film has arrived, premiering at last night's BET Awards.

Kaluuya and Turner-Smith play a couple on the run after a fatal run-in with a police officer in the Bonnie and Clyde-inspired romantic crime drama.

Check out the trailer below:


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The film is Matsoukas'—who has directed music videos for the likes of Beyoncé, Solange, Rihanna and more—directorial debut. It's being produced by Matsoukas along with Lena Waithe, and James Frey who created the film's original treatment.

Here's the official description of the film, via Shadow & Act:

While on a forgettable first date together in Ohio, a Black man and a Black woman, are pulled over for a minor traffic infraction. The situation escalates, with sudden and tragic results, when the man kills the police officer in self-defense. Terrified and in fear for their lives, the man, a retail employee, and the woman, a criminal defense lawyer, are forced to go on the run. But the incident is captured on video and goes viral, and the couple unwittingly become a symbol of trauma, terror, grief and pain for people across the country As they drive, these two unlikely fugitives will discover themselves and each other in the most dire and desperate of circumstances, and will forge a deep and powerful love that will reveal their shared humanity and shape the rest of their live.

The film, which is set for release by Universal Pictures on November 27, also stars Chloe Sevigny, Indya Moore, and Bokeem Woodbine.

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Interview: Buju Banton Is a Lyrical Purveyor of African Truth

A candid conversation with the Jamaican icon about his new album, Upside Down 2020, his influence on afrobeats, and the new generation of dancehall.

Devout fans of reggae music have been longing for new musical offerings from Mark Anthony Myrie, widely-known as the iconic reggae superstar Buju Banton. A shining son of Jamaican soil, with humble beginnings as one of 15 siblings in the close-knit community of Salt Lane, Kingston, the 46-year-old musician is now a legend in his own right.

Buju Banton has 12 albums under his belt, one Grammy Award win for Best Reggae Album, numerous classic hits and a 30-year domination of the industry. His larger-than-life persona, however, is more than just the string of accolades that follow in the shadows of his career. It is his dutiful, authentic style of Caribbean storytelling that has captured the minds and hearts of those who have joined him on this long career ride.

The current socio-economic climate of uncertainty that the COVID-19 pandemic has thrusted onto the world, coupled with the intensified fight against racism throughout the diaspora, have taken centre stage within the last few months. Indubitably, this makes Buju—and by extension, his new album—a timely and familiar voice of reason in a revolution that has called for creative evolution.

With his highly-anticipated album, Upside Down 2020, the stage is set for Gargamel. The title of this latest discography feels nothing short of serendipitous, and with tracks such as "Memories" featuring John Legend and the follow-up dancehall single "Blessed," it's clear that this latest body of work is a rare gem that speaks truth to vision and celebrates our polylithic African heritage in its rich fullness and complexities.

Having had an exclusive listen to some other tracks on the album back in April, our candid one-on-one conversation with Buju Banton journeys through his inspiration, collaboration and direction for Upside Down 2020, African cultural linkages and the next generational wave of dancehall and reggae.

This interview has been shortened and edited for clarity.

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