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Here are the 16 Categories 'Black Panther' Is Campaigning for at the 2019 Oscars

Disney is going all in to get 'Black Panther' some Oscar nominations.

Disney really wants Black Panther to take home major awards at the upcoming Oscars and they're sparring no expense to make it happen.

Last month, the studio hired an official Oscar strategist and announced that it would be campaigning for a coveted 'Best Picture' nomination, despite the creation of the 'Best Popular Film' category, which was done away with last week after the Academy came to the realization that it was a really bad idea.

Now that Black Panther no longer runs the risk of being awarded a mere consolation prize based on its massive box office success, Disney has formally launched a page for its "For Your Consideration" campaign, consisting of 16 categories that the studio is making a play for.


The list consists of both major and technical categories, including Best Picture, a Best Director nomination for Ryan Coogler, a Best Actor nomination for Chadwick Boseman, Best Costume Design nomination for Ruth Carther, and a number of Best Supporting Actor nominations for members of its star-studded cast including Lupita Nyong'o, Danai Gurira and Michael B. Jordan and Daniel Kaluuya.

See the full list below:

If Black Panther were to take home these awards, it would mark several unprecedented wins for a film with an all black cast, and for its many African actors. It's clear that the studio is trying to make the most out of the film's undeniable cultural impact—a Marvel film has never won an Oscar, and Black Panther has the potential to change that.

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Ras Nebyu Is Washington, D.C.'s 'Uptown Lion Walkin'

We talk to the Ethiopian-American rapper about his new album, his Washington Slizzards crew, and the impact of gentrification on D.C.'s music scene.

Ras Nebyu is caught up in the crowd at Howard University's homecoming tailgate, where he can barely walk a block without shaking hands with another person who he knows. Although he didn't attend Howard University, the campus and the surrounding neighborhood forms as much of a part of his narrative as any student.

The Ethiopian-American rapper hails from uptown Washington, D.C., a neighborhood he uses to inform his latest album, Uptown Lion Walkin, a project that pays homage to his ancestral upbringing, as well as his thoughts on making money, love, happiness, and the government.

There's a twoness to Nebyu's identity that allows him to create from a place of historical-cultural reverence while pushing forward new ideas. He was raised in a Rastafarian household by an Ethiopian dad and African-American mother.

Nebyu doesn't hold much back when he speaks, like his music. He preaches about belonging to his community, gentrification and the diaspora. His work serves as a strong soundboard, for not only his Ethiopian community but D.C. natives.

In 2011, Nebyu co-founded the Washington Slizzards, a collective of Ethiopian creatives in D.C. What started as a joke, tacking on "slizz" to everything, became a buzz-worthy crew. Around the same time as the group's inception, he began releasing music into the world.

Nebyu first ventured into making music as a producer, but soon found it frustrating getting artists to use his beats. He decided to begin experimenting with using his own voice and hasn't slowed down since. OkayAfrica caught up with Nebyu to discuss the new album and growing up uptown.

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Mr Eazi, Duncan Mighty, Afro B & Mayorkun Join DJ Neptune On 'Tear Rubber' Remix

Listen to the "All Star Remix" now.

"Tear Rubber," one of the standouts from DJ Neptune's latest album, Greatness, gets a big remix that'll jump start your week.

The track, which originally featured Mayorkun, now gets a massive revisit featuring Mr Eazi, Duncan Mighty and Afro B.

All three are potent additions to this laid-back and addictive Young John-produced track which was already getting a lot of spins.

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Listen to Sade's Beautiful New Song—'The Big Unknown'

Sade has graced us with her second single of the year—this time for Steve McQueen's highly anticipated film, "Widows."

We now have two new Sade songs to shed thug tears to before the end of 2018, y'all.

The queen herself released a lyric video for her new track, "The Big Unknown." This single will be played during the end credits of Steve McQueen's highly anticipated film, Widows, which is due to be released in theaters November 16, Highsnobiety reports.

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