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Watch Uzo Aduba Shine In the New Trailer for 'Miss Virginia'

Based on a true story, Uzo Aduba portrays a mother who leads the fight for education reform in Washington, D.C.

2019 is Uzo Aduba's year.

As we wait to see what she makes of her role playing Civil Rights maven Shirley Chisholm, the new trailer for Miss Virginia shows that she needs all the lead roles.

This being her first starring role, Aduba plays Walden Ford—a single mother who eventually leads the fight for education reform in Washington, D.C. after struggling to provide her at-risk son a private school education in a safer neighborhood, Konbini reports.

Based on a true story, Ford then starts the Opportunity Scholarship Program geared towards low-income students to have a fair shot at improving her son's future and that of the children in her community.

Watch Aduba shine in the trailer below.


Miss Virginia is set to be released on-demand October 18.

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6 Samples From 'Éthiopiques' in Hip-Hop

A brief history of Ethio-jazz cultural exchange featuring songs by Nas & Damian Marley, K'naan, Madlib and more.

This article was originally published on OkayAfrica in March, 2017. We're republishing it here for our Crossroads series.

It's 2000 something. I'm holed up in my bedroom searching for samples to chop up on Fruity Loops. While deep into the free-market jungle of Amazon's suggested music section, I stumble across a compilation of Ethiopian music with faded pictures of nine guys jamming in white suit jackets. I press play on the 30 second sample.

My mind races with the opportunities these breakbeats offered a budding beat maker. Catchy organs, swinging horns, funky guitar riffs, soulful melodies and grainy and pained vocalists swoon over love lost and gained. Sung in my mother tongue—Amharic—this was a far cry from the corny synthesizer music of the 1990s that my parents played on Saturday mornings. I could actually sample this shit.

The next day, I burn a CD and pop it into my dad's car. His eyes light up when the first notes ooze out of the speakers. “Where did you get this?" He asks puzzlingly. “The internet," I respond smiling.

In the 1970s my dad was one of thousands of high school students in Addis Ababa protesting the monarchy. The protests eventually created instability which lead to a coup d'état. The monarchy was overthrown and a Marxist styled military junta composed of low ranking officers called the Derg came to power. The new regime subsequently banned music they deemed to be counter revolutionary. When the Derg came into power, Amha Eshete, a pioneering record producer and founder of Ahma Records, fled to the US and the master recordings of his label's tracks somehow ended up in a warehouse in Greece.

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