“Us” Film Review

Written by: Alisha “Sphynx” Adetoro

Jordan Peele set high expectations for the standard of his work with ‘Get Out’ in 2017 which made $33 million on its debut and $255 million in total worldwide sales with only a $4.5m budget for production. So naturally, people have been excitedly anticipating what he would do next.

His follow up film Us was released in the UK on the 22nd March and falls under the American horror genre. The film stars Lupita Nyong’o and Winston Duke as part of a family of four who are on a trip to their beach house. Things take a turn for the worse when the family is confronted by a sinister terrifying group of strangers who look just like them.

Without ruining the plot too much for those of you who are yet to watch Us, in the film we learn the doppelgängers are part of a group called ‘The Tethered’. I won’t explain the name or the motives of this terrifying group but what I will say is once ‘The Tethered’ attack, the movie really gets going with plenty of scares that really doesn’t stop.

Us doesn’t follow the usual rules of the horror genre of using jump scares to relieve the tension. Instead, it relies on the humorous input from Winston Duke as his character Gabe. Winston adds a lot of heart to his performance and it really comes across as Gabe is a father who cannot believe his eyes but is willing to do what he can to protect his family.

Lupita gives a stunning performance playing both Adelaide and her tethered doppelgänger Red. Lupita’s performance gives plenty of depth to both characters and her portrayal of both characters lets them develop throughout the film in unexpected ways.

Although the film stars a black family as the lead characters, Peele has said that the film isn’t about race. The intention of the film is to show how we can be our own worst enemies, however personally I do feel this is another example of how Peele has opened doors for black actors in the horror genre.

It’s very refreshing to see a horror film where the cast doesn’t consist of one token black person who has no real character depth and dies fairly soon in the film. As to be expected, the film has a multitude of subliminal messages throughout the film but they aren’t quite as obvious as in ‘Get Out’. It’s also quite possible you might be too scared to really understand the depth the film brings, this may well be a film that requires a few watches to truly understand the hidden messages.

As the film climaxes there is a truly explosive scene set to an orchestral ‘I got 5 on it’, when the film does come to an end there are a lot of unanswered questions. This leaves individual viewers to make their own minds up about what was going on and provides lots of room to debate theories with friends.

Overall, I think this was a well thought out and very terrifying follow-up film from Jordan Peele.

Rating: 3.9/5

Have you seen Us yet? If you have let us know your thoughts and comment below. 

Jafro performs at Boxpark Croydon’s “Sounds of the Endz”

Photo Credit: Chantelle Simpson

On Sunday 6th January, Jafro performed at The Ree Up’s “Sounds of the Endz” music line-up at Boxpark in Croydon, London.

Jafro with his usual Leng Section energy performed some of his best hits from Am I Me including  “Wrong Move” Ft. G – Tek . His Anime references and word play had the crowd excited with enough reloads to steal the show.

Jafro also performed some of his bars that his fans will remember from his Black Box freestyle.

With thanks to BoxPark Croydon and The Ree Up for having Jafro.

To stay up to date with Jafro follow him on Instagram and Twitter.

For more information about Boxpark  visit: www.boxpark.co.uk

Leng Section Sponsors Moroccan Football Team

Leng Section are pleased to announce their new sponsorship deal with Morocco’s American Football team the Black Mambas.

The official football squad includes a 30-strong men’s team and Morocco’s first women’s football team that was formed in 2015. Both teams are dominating their sport in Africa and growing in numbers.
Based in the heart of Rabat’s Old Town, the Black Mamba’s train together which often includes sprints on the beach, tackling dummies, cone drills and tackling each other.

Leng Section’s co-founders WeAreAnansi and Melissa L-A met with the Black Mambas in 2017 as former American Football athletes (National and International) and were inspired by how hard the team trained despite limited resources and wanted to support the talented team further. The team now have a new kit featuring Leng Section’s logo in peppermint green.
Having trained together and made friends, Leng Section are now official sponsors of the growing team and are excited for the team’s bright future.

To keep up to date with all the latest on the Black Mambas follow them on Instagram @blackmambas.americanfootball

D Double E – Jackuum (Album Review)

Words: Sam Gurrey
D Double E has done the unthinkable, the unimaginable, the unfathomable…After 20 YEARS in the game, he has
finally released a solo LP (yeah, you heard me right) and it doesn’t disappoint. From the jump, D Double sets the tone for the LP on “Bark it” and “Flatmate”, the latter being one of the best tracks on the album. You’re here for Grime, for reload bars and for some…ad-libs that will have you slapping the wall, or someone.

If you’re a Grime fan, this album won’t be entirely new to you. Songs like ‘Nang’ ft. Skepta, Shenanigans & ‘Better Than The Rest’ ft. Wiley have been floating around for a while now. This isn’t a negative on the album though as this simply adds to the album’s charms and draws you in.

This album doesn’t rely on his former glories or past successes, boasting 10 new tracks that are in D Doubles signature mold and not every track is aimed as a reload club specialist. However, songs like ‘Natural Organic’, ‘Lyrical Hypnosis’ and ‘Seeing Double’ slow the tempo down on the album at the right time, which adds some variety and keeps you locked in.

The production on this album sounds like modern “Golden Era” grime, with deep bass lines, echoing synths and hi snaps. It works and it works well. ‘Jackuum’ is undoubtedly grime, with a clear feel of a man who is a fan of both the old and new era’s of it.

Overall, this is a very solid debut solo album from D Double E that’ll have fans shouting bluku bluku for years to come.

Stand out tracks: Flatmate, Dem man dere, Natural Organic ft. AJ Tracey, Trippin.

Rating: 7/10
D Double E fans will not be disappointed after the years of waiting for this LP! It’s mwee mwee, bluku!

TV Show ‘The Rap Game’ is coming to the UK as ‘The Grime Game’

Words by: Sam Gurrey
Hit American TV show The Rap Game will be re-made in the UK as The Grime Game! Yes, really.

For those unfamiliar with the original show, The Rap Game is a TV series that follows the lives of five young rappers from all walks of life who battle it out for the ultimate prize of a recording contract with Jermaine Dupri’s, So So Def Recordings. The TV series aired in 2016 and is on its 5th season now. Here’s a clip:

This time around the UK are showcasing their talent and The Grime Game will follow the lives of several MC’s as they compete for a record deal, following the same guidelines as its American counterpart. A group of talented Grime MC’s will have to showcase their talents to a national audience and go head to head. We’re all for exposing new and upcoming talent in the industry, especially if they chose a collection of MCs with real talent.

Tom O’Brien, the Director of Development for the production company working on The Grime Show, said “Grime is one of the UK’s most important – and also lucrative – musical movements. Now is a great time to celebrate it, by profiling the next generation of hungry performers.”

According to reports, several Grime artists have been involved in the development of the show.

As the show is currently in the early stages of planning, there is not a set date for when The Grime Show will first air on TV, but stay tuned, this sounds set to be a very interesting watch.

Bugzy Malone – B.Inspired (Album Review)

Words by Sam @ Leng Section
Bugzy Malone has been grafting in the scene for several years now and his fanbase really grew after his clash with Chip in 2015.  
Showcasing his writing skills, flow and well-balanced aggressive to calm delivery, Bugzy has grown into one of the UK’s more prominent MC’s and B.Inspired (thankfully) lives up to this.

The first track “Warning” hits you like a hay-maker, slaps you across the face and tells you to stfu and listen to this sh*t! With a sample I’m sure some of you will instantly recognise (I’m not telling you from where) I was involved, I’m listening Bugz…

What follows is an album that shows his own musical evolution, as well as a man who is growing older, wiser and more reflective. This comes to us naturally with age (to most of us anyway) however Bugzy has embraced it well and displays it via his music. Stand out tracks that embody this; Ordinary people ft. JP Cooper, Run ft. Rag’n’Bone, Street Life ft. Laura White and Separation ft. Maverick Sabre are some of the best songs on the album, period.

If you’re here expecting a Grime album that’ll make you want to slap mumsy in the mouth, throw a bally on and start shotting rocks, you won’t find it here but if there’s a part of you that needs that sound you may find dosings of this side of Bugzy in “Warning” & “Done his Dance”. Overall this album is reflective, self-assessing and heartfelt. With some very well chosen production, well thought out lyrics and sublime delivery, English hip hop is alive & kicking.

Conclusion: If you’re looking for a grown up hip hop album, this is for you.

Rating: 7.5/10

We Are Anansi appointed as Creative Director at Global Sports Brand

Great news for the Leng Section team WeAreAnansi has been appointed the new Creative Director at global sports performance company, Enertor. Leng Section’s Executive Producer has joined forces with the global insole company who are endorsed and worn by Usain Bolt.

For 18 years Enertor have produced the industry’s most advanced, custom insoles for sports professionals, the army and elite athletes and now offer insoles for everyday use for adults and children. Designed to prevent less pain, less injuries and increase comfort, the insoles are shock absorbing and to-date the only insoles worn by Usain Bolt.

WeAreAnansi is no stranger to the sports world having previously been signed to American Football team, The Algarve Sharks. On discussing this new role, WeAreAnansi said:

“I’m really excited to be the new Creative Director at Enertor. Now that I’ve sat down with the guys and heard everything first hand, I really believe in their injury free message. Enertor are such a forward thinking company and open to new ideas. Over the years I’ve worked on some creative projects and through first-hand experience I’ve immersed myself into the sports world which has put me in the perfect position to release my creative direction with such a quality brand with the support of a talented team. This company loves the creative projects I have already worked on and give me space to look at business from a new angle, I’m looking forward to this new venture.”

Nick Beresford, Co-Founder and CEO at Enertor says “We are delighted that WeAreAnansi is joining Enertor as the new Creative Director, we are at an exciting phase in our journey to help the world stay injury free and push the brand into becoming a billion dollar sports brand. Rather than hire a traditional marketing person, we believed that partnering with a Creative Director of his calibre and expertise would help us remain current as a brand and avoid any creative limitations. With WeAreAnansi at the helm we look forward to supporting more people globally and working on some creative campaigns in the near future.”


Things to do in July 2018 (UK)

The sun’s finally on our side so whether you’re counting down the days to escape to your sunny holiday abroad or spending your July here, there’s still lots to do in the UK in the meantime. Whether you’re stuck on ideas for a date, a fun event to attend with friends or even by yourself, we’ve rounded out our top picks of fun things to do in the UK this month, not an event in your city? A train ticket will fix that.

Wimbledon 2018 (Monday July 2-Sunday July 15 2018)
You might not be the biggest Tennis fan but for tradition’s sake, if you can nab a pair of tickets to one of London’s biggest sporting events and the oldest tennis tournament in the world, it’s worth it. There’s a beer garden too, and among the 500,000 spectators you might just bump into your favourite celeb.
Where: All England Lawn Tennis Club, SW19, London
When: Wimbledon 2018 runs from Monday July 2-Sunday July 15 2018,  the women’s final takes place July 14 and the men’s final on July 15.
Price: Start from £365 – be wary of fraud sellers

WingJam Festival (Friday 6th July 2018 – Sunday 8th July 2018)
Fancy a 3 day Chicken Wing Festival and Rooftop Party in Peckham? Peckham’s Bussey Building will be serving up Hot wings, BBQ wings, Korean Wings, Buffalo wings, Guinea fowl wings and you’ll get to enjoy music on the rooftop too, they’ll have a selection of DJ’s across the weekend too. 
Where: Peckham’s Bussey Building, London
When: 6th July 2018 – 8th July 2018
Price: Tickets from £13.50

Time Out Movies on The River (Tuesday July 3rd – Sept)
Netflix and Chill doesn’t have to be refined to a stuffy bedroom, you can watch a film with your date on the river, quite literally. Time Out Live presents ‘Movies on the River’ with City Cruises which will run five nights a week, films to choose from range from Get Out to Grease.
Where: Tower Millennium Pier , Aldgate
When: July 3rd – Sept
Price: Tickets start at £29

City Beerfest (Thursday July 5 2018)
This year’s Beerfest is themed around Women, Work & Power the organisers are highlighting the historic role women have played in brewing and will celebrate this with music from female artists.
Where: Guildhall Yard , Mansion House
When: Thursday July 5 2018
Price: Free

National Dim Sum Week at Chinatown London (Monday 2nd July – Friday July 6)
If you love Dim Sum you get to enjoy it for an entire week at London’s Chinatown. You’ll have a selection to choose from with their special menus on offer from a selection of Chinatown’s top-notch restaurants and a one off talk from Jeremy Pang, founder of School of Wok.
Where: Chinatown , Chinatown
When: Until Friday July 6 2018

Mostly Jazz, Funk and Soul Festival (Friday 6th July – Sunday 8th July)
This year’s line-up features Candi Staton, Lucky Chops, Craig Charles, Jimmy Cliff, David Rodigan, Jungle Brothers and Sister Sledge.
Where: Moseley Park, off Alcester Road, Birmingham
When: Friday 6th July – Sunday 8th July
Price: Tickets start at £50 a day for adults and £25 a day for children.

Wireless Festival (Friday 6th July – Sunday 8th July 2018)
What: Wireless is returning this July with big acts again including J Cole, PartyNextDoor, GoldLink, Wiley, Stormzy, J Hus, Ms Banks, Raye, DJ Khaled and GiggsFollowing negative reactions to their almost male-only line up bar 3 women artists including Cardi B who has since cancelled due to her pregnancy, Wireless Festival have made some adjustments and announced a stage that will exclusively feature women artists including including Lady Leshurr,  Bad Gyal and Paigey Cakey
Where: Finsbury Park, London
When: Friday 6th July – Sunday 8th July 2018
Price: £70+

Leeds International Tattoo Expo
Tattoo enthusiasts get to enjoy Leed’s highly anticipated industry ink events this marks the 5th year and will see more than 160 tattoo artists from across the world showcase their talent. Expect boutique stalls, selling everything from t-shirts to taxidermy, live entertainment, which could be music, fire breathers or live piercing demos, whichever floats your boat.
Where: First Direct Arena, Leeds
When:  Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th July 2018
Price: Tickets start at £13

Birmingham Cocktail Weekend (Friday July 13th  to Sunday 15th)
Once you’ve copped your wristband you can get tipsy to a selection of cocktails at the Birmingham Cocktail Weekend across different venues including Bodega, The Cosy Club, Buffalo and Rye, Harvey Nichols, Gaucho and more. You can also sample cocktails until 10pm as part of Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery’s after hours programme.
Where: Various venues
When: Friday July 13th  to Sunday 15th
Price: Wristbands start at £11.37

Lovebox Festival 2018 (Friday 13th July & Saturday 14th July 2018)
One of the UK’s most popular festivals returns this month with an incredible line up including Childish Gambino, N.E.R.D, SZA, The Internet, Anderson ‘Paak & The Free Nationals and UK gems; Skepta, Ms Banks and Trillary Banks to name a few.
Where: Gunnersbury Park, London
When: Friday 13th July & Saturday 14th July 2018
Price: £125 starting price for 2 day general admission

Athletics World Cup (Saturday July 14 – Sunday July 15)
If you’re all festivalled out you can watch eight of the world’s top athletics nations compete in the Athletics World Cup this summer. Teams from the USA, Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Poland, China, Germany, France, Jamaica and South Africa will take part in all the field and track events, including the 1,500m, over the two-day event. It’s not quite the Olympics but it will feel close.
Where: The London Stadium, Hackney Wick
When: Saturday July 14 2018 – Sunday July 15 2018
Price: £38+

Craft Drink Festival (Saturday July 28th July and Sunday 29th July)
A new booze festival is coming to Birmingham and will include live music, a pop up cinema, comedy performances and a street food market whilst you enjoy beverages from a selection innovative brewers and distillers at The NEC.
Where: The NEC, Birmingham
When: Saturday July 28th July and Sunday 29th July
Price: Tickets start at £18

MADE Festival (Saturday 28th July)
MADE Festival returns this summer to celebrate it’s fifth anniversary, and it’s moving from Digbeth Triangle to Perry Park, the line-up so far includes Dizzee Rascal, DJ EZ, Andy C, Kurupt FM and Camelphat.
Where: Perry Park, Birmingham
When: Saturday July 28th
Price: £39+
Book via The Ticket Factory

Tyler, The Creator: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert

Tyler, The Creator made an NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert appearance and it being Tyler, no one really knew what to expect but it was nothing short of brilliant. His singers, likened to the muses from Hercules did not come to play with their soulful vocals, fans have praised their Black Girl Magic heart warming presence throughout. The genuine chemistry between Tyler and his entire band is very evident, even for those of us watching through a screen. Their rendition of “See You Again” sounds awesome live. Tyler, The Creator has managed to build up a very loyal fan-base over the years and takes us on an emotional journey evoking sorrow yet still making his fans laugh within his 25 minute set. If there were a performance to win over those not sure about Tyler, The Creator, this might be it. Have a watch below and let us know what you think.

Family Feud – Jay Z feat. Beyonce Official Music Video + Review

One of the most popular songs taken from Jay Z’s Studio Album 4:44. “Family Feud” featuring Beyonce now has visuals for us to enjoy and it’s good…It’s really good. Have a watch below and read @HRoyalThighness’ review below:

When a music video/short film features Omari Hardwick Michael B Jordan and Thandie Newton within the first few seconds – you know it’s time to full screen that bad boy and get the full cinematography effect. If you didn’t then shame on you, watch it again…properly.

The video begins with a quote taken from American Novelist James Baldwin:

“The wretched of the earth do not decide to become extinct, they resolve, on the contrary, to multiply: life is their weapon against life, life is all they have” 

The film starts off in the year 2444. A brother and sister (Michael B Jordan and Thandie Newton) fight over their birthright which ends up in the brother being killed. Can I just say, I have never seen Michael B Jordan appear and disappear in a video so quickly in my life, I half expected him to get back up.Anyway, in this song we know that Jay Z repeats the phrase “nobody wins when the family feuds” and I can’t stop myself from making a connection with this act of her ousting her brother over birthrights and this chilling quote from James Baldwin. I don’t believe Jay Z used the quote to suggest we take a leaf out of wretched people’s books (lol), BUT I think it’s food for thought – if they’re multiplying but we’re fighting, who’s winning this race?
We then fast forward to a time where both a black man (Omari Hardwick) and a Native American woman (Irene Bedard) are individually addressed as presidents.  Mr President (Hardwick) is questioned about the death of his son, he refuses to speak on this family feud and reminds the interviewer that his family built a legacy and role that protected the law. This one, negative situation shouldn’t ruin everything they worked hard to build.
We then see clips of his ancestors fighting for justice in 2096 (who clocked the robot horse lol). Mr President’s voice reminisces about his ancestors who paved the way for generations to come.He then mentions a notable figure in history who he describes as “one of America’s founding mothers”…And guess who this young woman was. (If you didn’t get goosebumps at this point then you have no soul, I’m sorry)This depiction of Blue Ivy as a grown woman in 2050 leading a boardroom meeting whilst revising the constitution in a room full of mostly women of colour is powerful. I also like the fact she’s wearing her natural hair (maybe an F U to those who mock Blue Ivy’s hair?).
In this particular scene they discuss the Second Amendment which currently protects some US Citizen’s rights to keep and bear guns, Susan Kelechi Watson who plays the future Blue Ivy then compared its complicated loopholes to the 13th Amendment that basically states that slavery and involuntary servitude is wrong unless as a punishment for crime (that’s a blog for another story BUT the director of this music video, Ava DuVernay, has a documentary out called “13th” which breaks this problematic Amendment down – definitely worth checking out). They discuss today’s political issues reflecting on Trump’s “Make America Great Again” tag line, suggesting all it did was divide us and instill fear.

She shares a story her father (Jay Z) once told her as a little girl which takes us back to 2018 where Jay Z performs Family Feud with Beyonce looking all regal on a raised platform in a church. It would have been nice to see Beyonce act in this video or take a more prominent role as the mother, but with an A-list line up of actors and actresses I guess there was no need. The blue headpiece looks stunning though.

If the lyrics didn’t paint the picture enough for us on first listen last year, this video really brings to light how much Jay Z and Beyonce are invested in Blue Ivy’s future, they are actively laying the foundations for her to positively impact other lives, her own people and most of all her family. Jay Z, in my opinion, is stressing the fact that our actions last, there is a future so what are we currently doing to build for that future, right now?

We’d love to know your own thoughts and interpretations, so comment below or tweet us @LengSection

“What’s better than a billionaire? Two. Especially when they’re from the same hue as you”.

List of actors and actresses in Family Feud:
Mindy Kaling, Rashida Jones, Rosario Dawson, Janet Mock, Brie Larson, Constance Wu, Niecy Nash, Susan Kelechi Watson, Michael B. Jordan, Trevante Rhodes, Thandie Newton, Jessica Chastain, Irene Bedard,  Omari Hardwick, David Oyelowo, Emayatzy Corinealdi, America Ferrera, Aisha Hinds, Henry G. Sanders and Storm Reid