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Beyoncé’s Lemonade Gets Four Emmy Nominations

Tune in to see Bey sweep her Emmy nominations in September at the 68th Emmy Awards.

Beyoncé’s visual experience Lemonade has been nominated for four Emmys.

Nominations for the 2016 Emmy Awards were announced in Los Angeles on Thursday morning.

The hour-long blockbuster is chock full of references to afro-diasporic religion, afrofuturism and southern gothic tropes, including the afromysterics body art of Okayafrica fam Laolu Senbajo.  Lemonade is eligible for the coveted award because it premiered on HBO in April.

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Lemonade is up for consideration for outstanding variety special, outstanding directing for a variety special (Kahlil Joseph), outstanding picture editing for variety programming and outstanding production design for a variety, nonfiction, event or award special.

Beyoncé has previously received Emmy nominations for her Superbowl halftime show in 2013 and her On The Run Tour HBO special in 2015.

We’re confident Queen Bey will sweep her Emmy nominations as her dynamic concept that also included snippets of Somalia’s Warsan Shire’s poetry and cameos from Ibeyi, Serena Williams, Amandla Stenberg and many others spelled one of the biggest moments of 2016 and has spawned countless think-pieces.

Tune in to see Bey do it, September 18, 2016 when the 68th Emmy Awards air on ABC.


Sarkodie Is Not Feeling Any Pressure

The elite Ghanaian rapper affirms his king status with this seventh studio album, No Pressure.

Sarkodie is one of the most successful African rappers of all time. With over ten years of industry presence under his belt, there's no question about his prowess or skin in the game. Not only is he a pioneer of African hip-hop, he's also the most decorated African rapper, having received over 100 awards from close to 200 nominations over the span of his career.

What else does Sarkodie have to prove? For someone who has reached and stayed at the pinnacle of hip-hop for more than a decade, he's done it all. But despite that, he's still embracing new growth. One can tell just by listening to his latest album, No Pressure, Sarkodie's seventh studio album, and the follow-up to 2019's Black Love which brought us some of the Ghanaian star's best music so far. King Sark may be as big as it gets, but the scope of his music is still evolving.

Sonically, No Pressure is predominantly hip-hop, with the first ten tracks offering different blends of rap topped off with a handful of afrobeats and, finally, being crowned at the end with a gospel hip-hop cut featuring Ghanaian singer MOG. As far as the features go, Sark is known for collaborating mostly with his African peers but this time around he branches out further to feature a number of guests from around the world. Wale, Vic Mensa, and Giggs, the crème de la crème of rap in America and the UK respectively all make appearances, as well as Nigeria's Oxlade, South Africa's Cassper Nyovest, and his fellow Ghanaian artists Darkovibes and Kwesi Arthur.

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