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The Woman King is more than an action movie – it shines a light on the women warriors of Benin

The Woman King is more than an action movie – it shines a light on the women warriors of Benin

THE Woman King is a big-budget Hollywood movie that has been anticipated since 2018 when US star Viola Davis was announced as the lead in the story of the “amazons” of Dahomey. Rising South African star Thuso Mbedu also takes a key role in the film, which has premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and is heading to cinemas worldwide. The action blockbuster is adding to renewed global interest in the historical women warriors of Dahomey, a kingdom that flourished in the 1700s and 1800s in what is today Benin in West Africa. The “amazons” were exceptionally skilful women…
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Thuso Mbedu, Barry Jenkins speak about making slavery drama ‘The Underground Railroad’

Thuso Mbedu, Barry Jenkins speak about making slavery drama ‘The Underground Railroad’

LISA KEDDIE “MOONLIGHT” director Barry Jenkins switches to the small screen for an adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel "The Underground Railroad", a project the Oscar winner says he feared from the start. The 41-year-old read a copy of Colson Whitehead's harrowing tale before its 2016 release, and was enamoured by its young protagonist, Black slave Cora, and her quest for freedom from a Georgia plantation. FILE PHOTO: Director Barry Jenkins attends the 91st Oscars Nominees Luncheon in Beverly Hills, California, U.S. February 4, 2019. REUTERS/David McNew/File Photo Set in the 19th century Deep South, the 10-part series, released on…
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South Africa’s Mbedu to star alongside Viola Davis

South Africa’s Mbedu to star alongside Viola Davis

MPHO RANTAO ACTRESS Thuso Mbedu’s journey to international superstardom is gaining serious momentum.  The South African actress, currently shooting in the US, has been cast alongside Academy award-winning actress Viola Davis in the film, The Woman King.  And Davis is super-impressed with Mbedu.  “The depth and complexity of emotional life, her authentic beauty, and regalness is potent. We were mesmerized by Thuso Mbedu. We wanted Woman King / Nawi to be the vehicle to introduce her on the big screen” said Viola Davis and Julius Tennon of JuVee Productions.  JuVee is one of the production companies listed to be involved…
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Nomzamo Mbatha and Thuso Mbedu heralded among rising Black Hollywood stars

Nomzamo Mbatha and Thuso Mbedu heralded among rising Black Hollywood stars

MPHO RANTAO SOUTH African actresses Nomzamo Mbatha and Thuso Mbedu have become big names to watch in the Hollywood scene, joining the cozy company of some of Hollywood’s rising talent. Mbatha and Mbedu have been included in the global “20 Black Hollywood stars to watch out in 2021”, a list compiled by American lifestyle magazine Essence that shines a light on Black entertainers who have their impression in the cutthroat entertainment industry.  Actress Thuso Mbedu. Picture: Supplied On their website, Essence detailed that their list is based on how Black Hollywood has continued to stand up and make a difference…
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South Africa’s Mbedu wins U.S. breakout award

South Africa’s Mbedu wins U.S. breakout award

MPHO RANTAOACTRESS Thuso Mbedu has begun to leave her mark in the world of Hollywood, earning her first major award for her debut US role in a drama series.  Mbedu was awarded the TV Breakout Star award at The Hollywood’s Critics Association (HCA) for her role as Cora in Barry Jenkins’ ‘The Underground Railroad’, a drama series based on the US’ history with slavery.  The HCA are a group of passionate film and television critics who gather to determine which films and television series released throughout the year are deemed worthy of awards. The South African actress (30) took to…
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