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Here's What We Learned From Entertainment Weekly's 'Black Panther' Cover Story

Entertainment Weekly's Comic-Con preview reveals new details about the upcoming 'Black Panther' movie.

DIASPORA—Our excitement for Marvel's Black Panther only continues to grow.


Today, Entertainment Weekly released its Comic-Con preview issue, and it features none other than the Ryan Coogler-directed film's stellar cast. On it, Chadwick Boseman poses as T'Challa along with Lupita Nyong'o as Nakia and Michael B. Jordan as Kilmonger.

Aside from the stunning new photos, the issue also reveals some exclusive details about the upcoming film and an in-depth synopsis that has us overflowing with anticipation. Here is all the new information that we received from the Entertainment Weekly story.

Black Panther's Partner and Ally:

"Standing by his side is Oscar-winner Lupita Nyong’o’s Nakia, a covert agent whose job is to stifle word of Wakanda’s secrets, hunting down its enemies with deadly force," reads the synopsis.

Black Panther's Mission:

"T’Challa’s homeland is the site of massive natural deposits of Vibranium, the near-mystical metal that comprises Captain America’s shield, is woven into his Black Panther, and has allowed the people of Wakanda to make technological leaps nearly a century ahead of the rest of the world."

"But as T’Challa learns upon ascending the throne, the minute others know you have something valuable, someone will try to take it from you. In self-defense, Wakanda has closed itself off from the other nations of Earth, maintaining a false front that it’s a mere third-world nowhere – full of mines, farms, and jungle creatures. The truth is, its mines produce the rarest, most precious metal on earth, its fields grows the Heart-Shaped Herb, a Vibranium-enriched plant that grants its leaders superhuman strength, and its jungle creatures provide inspiration for one of the sleekest superheroes to ever leap from the page to the screen."

His Potential Adversary:

"One such foe is Michael B. Jordan’s Erik Killmonger, a dissident from the country and aspiring prince who has colluded with a hostile foreign adversary in a bid to bring down the rightful heir to Wakanda’s throne."

"The enemy Killmonger has aligned with is Andy Serkis’ Ulysses Klaue, the Vibranium poacher last seen having his arm sliced off in Avengers: Age of Ultron. He has replaced the appendage with a piece of sonic mining equipment stolen from Wakanda, but the real danger is what he could tell the outside world about the nation’s secrets.With Klaue and Killmonger joing forces, T’Challa already faces an ominous external threat, but there is also unrest among the tribal leaders of Wakanda, who fear the young king is repeating his father’s mistakes by engaging too much with the outside world."

Entertainment Weekly also provides full character breakdowns.

Unlike in most superhero movies, in Black Panther, good and bad aren't so clearly defined.

"In this movie, a lot like politics, it’s a little tricky to define who’s [a good guy],” Coogler told Entertainment Weekly. “The film very much plays with those concepts, looking at conflicts and different motivations, and who’s with who.”

Black Panther is shaping up to be one of the most groundbreaking films of the year. February 16, 2018 can't come soon enough. For more, check out 20 new images from the film.

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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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