Erykah Badu debuted the short Western film, They Die By Dawn, exclusively on Tidal on Saturday, April 4.
The 50-minute movie — directed by The Bullitts’ Jeymes Samuels — portrays real-life experiences of African-American cowboys and cowgirls. The all-star cast includes Badu, Michael K. Williams, Rosario Dawson, Jesse Williams, Isaiah Washington, Giancarlo Esposito, Nate Parker, Bokeem Woodbine and Karry Lennix.
“In a town with no rules, four outlaws play a deadly game. Murder and mayhem ensue, TheyDieByDawn,” Badu wrote on her Facebook wall.
When talking to Life + Times in 2013 of the film, Samuels said, “I’m gonna assemble almost every single real character that existed and I’m [going to] assemble them like the Avengers and put them in one place at one time — in one of the first Black settlements post-slavery, 1890 in Langston, Oklahoma.”