Afro-Brit Kingsley Ben-Adair to Portray Barack Obama in James Comey Miniseries

Actor Kingsley Ben-Adir attends the premiere of Warner Bros. Pictures’ “King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword” at TCL Chinese Theatre on May 8, 2017, in Hollywood, Calif.
Actor Kingsley Ben-Adir attends the premiere of Warner Bros. Pictures’ “King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword” at TCL Chinese Theatre on May 8, 2017, in Hollywood, Calif.
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Looks like a Kingsley is set to play our once and forever KANG, Barack Hussein Obama, in an upcoming miniseries based on James Comey’s tell-all memoir.

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Deadline reports that director Billy Ray tapped Afro-British actor Kingsley Ben-Adir in the miniseries adaptation of former Comey’s book, Higher Loyalty, in a CBS Studios produced vehicle.

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In addition to Jeff Daniels in the lead role as Comey, Deadline reports:

Spotlight‘s Brian d’Arcy James will play Mark Giuliano, the former FBI Deputy Director; Steve Zissis (HBO’s Togetherness) is set to play Jim Baker, the former FBI General Counsel, and Shawn Doyle (House of Cards and Fargo) will play Bill Priestap, the assistant director of the FBI Counterintelligence Division.

Ben-Adir has starred in The OA, Peaky Blinders and Deep State and next stars opposite Zoe Kravitz in High Fidelity. He’s also part of the ensemble cast for Noelle for Disney +.

A Higher Loyalty recounts Comey’s role as head G-Man from 2013 until the time President Donald Trump unceremoniously and publicly fired him in May 2017, so Obama’s in there at least for a few years; but truthfully we’d take our forever president however we can get him.

The New York Daily News reports that the series doesn’t yet have a network.

No word on who will play Trump, but a flaming hot bag of shit sprinkled with Cheeto dust has been called back for a second audition, and a baboon’s monkey ass has been hired as a body double.

Ms. Bronner Helm is the Senior Editorial Director at Colorlines. Mouthy Black Girl. Rosalynn Carter Mental Health Fellow. Shea Butter Feminist. Virgo Sun, Aries Moon.

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Angela, came to respectfully query and critique the provenance of this God-awful phrase Afro-Brit? Have been seeing it pop up on The Root over the last couple of years, and simply cannot trace its origin. 30 something years of inhabiting this black body in the UK and I have never heard a Black British person or a UK media outlet use it. We say Black-Brit/ish (and White British, British Asian). In census data we are more specific, I would identify Black British (African), my friend of Jamaican origin would say Black British (Caribbean). The phrase Afro-Caribbean to encompass all black people here was common in the nineties, early noughts but I think it makes most of us cringe now. Its the kind of thing white people who are confused about what to say and avoid the word black at all costs come out with. Some older black businesses are saddled with it too from previous branding. In that case, Afro is specifically used as a derivative of African, and to acknowledge that many of us black immigrants are not from Africa directly. Using Afro interchangeably with black then, actually erases Black British Caribbeans, many of whom have never set foot in Africa (don’t @me about African-Americans and Africa, completely different) and have multi-ethnic heritage even though they present as black.

As most of us are first or second generation immigrants often with close ties to Africa or the Caribbean, if you ask as where we are from, some like me would say my country of origin and not reference the UK at all, but I’d say the UK or London to a white person asking because why are they asking. I’ve only heard Nigerians hyphenate British-country of origin, but think that is a borrowed Americanism and specific to their large number here. ‘Afro’ also seems like a way of avoiding ‘black,’ which here is not as an ambiguous or loaded term. Black is still widely used by many local activist organisations as a shared term of solidarity for black and asian (we use this to describe both South and East Asian) peoples, we typically say BME (Black and Minority Ethnic) over POC (though global media is changing that) and black seems to be more readily claimed by mixed race people here than ‘biracial’ people in the US. My husband and his siblings would always say they are black, rather than ‘half Ghanaian, half English,’ and only ‘mixed’ if pressed to explain their complexion if they don’t slap the person pressing first.  Anyway that is my public service for the day.

TLDR; Afro-Brit is both nonsensical and fetch, please let it die.