Star Wars actor, John Boyega and Black Panther heroine, Letitia Wright have both agreed to pull out of the making of “Hold Back the Stars”.
The two black stars were originally attached to the sci-fi love story ‘Hold Back the Stars,’ but had to terminate the contract because the focus of the story about black has been shifted.
According to Boyega, he said that they stepped down because they wanted to ‘make the vibe more Black.’
Initially, in 2018, it was reported that Star Wars actor and Black Panther star would be starring in the highly-anticipated sci-fi love story, ‘Hold Back the Stars,’ based on the 2017 book by Katie Khan.
The new report reaching us is that the two stars are no longer part of the project. Addressing their departure in a December interview with ABC Radio, Boyega claimed that the film was heading in a path that wasn’t culturally relevant enough for the Black people.
“We just wanted to ensure that the vibe is more Black. You have to choose the right music, the right tone, the right vibe,” he said.
His words reflect the wish of Black viewers for more nuanced representation in film, which is often captured in less obvious details like music, style and language.
Initially, under the instructions of Mike Cahill , the film will be moved forward with director Justin Baldoni , though names of who will now replace the stars in the movie has not been heralded.
Both actors have since signed on to new projects, with Wright set to star in the upcoming thriller Silent Twins , and Boyega, who just wrapped his Star Wars contract, set to star in the upcoming Netflix thriller titled “Rebel Ridge”. They are also both going to appear in a forthcoming anthology series from director Steve McQueen about a London’s West Indian community. This means that both actors would still be featured together onscreen eventually.
History of the black kings and queens who dominated Europe before the whites
The Moors (an anglicized word for ‘Omoros (omo oro) meaning ‘children of light’) were the original Africans that first arrived in Europe, in Andalusia Spain in 711 AD. The Moors colonized Europe for 400 years and played a prominent role in bringing modern civilization to them.
Tariq ibn-Ziyad led the Moors army which can be further translated as ’sons of civilization’ to cross the Strait of Gibraltar from northern Africa and invaded the Iberian Peninsula. They subdued the whole of Spain and thereafter forced part of Italy into subjugation.
The Black Moors dominated Spain for an initial period of 300 years and then extended its territory into Europe, subjecting much of the continent for altogether 700 years.
According to a British historian, Basil Davidson, who records that there were no lands in the 8th century that were more admired by its neighbors or a more peaceful place to live in, than a rich African civilization built up in Spain.
Popular literary writer Shakespeare wrote about these Moors in his plays; Othello, Corielanus, As you like it, etc. The best-known books of the moors are kept specifically in German. It is believed that the English either changed their version of the story or simply destroyed the books. But the Moors who ruled Europe from Spain ruled England as well and kept the Jews under their protection until the civil war between Moors of Arab descendancy and the African Moors broke out.
One of the major Moorish tribes called Beni Meri was seriously weakened by the devastating nature of the war to an extent that they fell prey to the resurgent Christian forces led by Queen Isabel, Pope Benedict the Sixth and Ferdinand.
The terms of surrender in 1485 were not fair to the moors and when they surrendered Alhambra they began to leave Spain. Their level of impact to the history of Europe is so daring to the extent that it overshadowed Europe and they had to ignore it completely. They couldn’t achieve anything without the help of the Moors.
The Moorish-Spain had basic education, available to all, whereas ninety-nine percent of the population in Christian Europe were illiterate, and even kings could neither read nor write. Then, there were only two universities in Europe whereas the Moors had seventeen great universities across Cordova, Granada, Seville, Almeria, Juen, Malaga, and Toledo.
More so, the Moors introduced paper to Europe and Arabic numerals replacing the clumsy Roman system. The Moorish leaders lived in splendid palaces, which could be compared to the monarchs of France, Germany, and England who dwelt in big barns, without windows and chimneys, and with only a hole in the roof.
From the 13th to 15th century, the Alhambra used to be the seat of Muslim. While Alhambra in Granada which used to be one of Moorish palaces is now today a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Spain records that over 500 thousand of these people left its country by boat within a space of half a century beginning from about 1450. While 400 thousand then left after 1492. Today, the record was mistaken as a record of the slave trade given the number of tally available for carracks traveling from Spain to West Africa.
Southwestern Europe was ruled by African Moors during the Middle Ages for 700 years: 711-1492 A.D. The dark whites in this area, especially Portugal was the first example of a Negrito republic in Europe. In Scotland, the Moors controlled the country in the 10th century and mixed with the whites until the black skin color faded.