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The Dora Milaje Are Getting Their Own Spin-Off Penned by Nnedi Okorafor and We're Here For It

The first of the three-part story drops this June.

The Dora Milaje, Wakanda's fierce, all-women army who stole the show in Black Panther, are finally getting the storyline they deserve in Marvel's universe.


Vogue reports that Wakanda Forever: The Amazing Spider-Man is a three-part comic and will be written by sci-fi and fantasy author extraordinaire, Nnedi Okorafor. In the storyline, we'll see Okoye, Ayo and Aneka venture to New York to investigate a national security threat, linking up with Spider-Man in the process.

"Typically when you see them, they're with T'Challa, representing and protecting him," Okorafor tells Vogue. "Now you're going to see the Dora Miljae for the first time as an independent entity; they're not under the shadow of the throne."

While in conversation with Vogue, Okorafor expresses how satisfying stepping into comic book writing has been, as she especially takes the challenge to show the humanity of the warriors seriously.

"I'm always interested in a challenge, so writing a narrative where it doesn't feel heavy-handed but I can develop the characters through little subtle things [creates] my favorite moments," Okorafor says. "You feel that you can relate to these characters, and feel they are real, not just iconic, but also human."

Along with Okorafor's words, the illustrations for Wakanda Forever are by Alberto Jiménez Alburquerque and Terry Dodson. The first issue lands this June.

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6 Samples From 'Éthiopiques' in Hip-Hop

A brief history of Ethio-jazz cultural exchange featuring songs by Nas & Damian Marley, K'naan, Madlib and more.

This article was originally published on OkayAfrica in March, 2017. We're republishing it here for our Crossroads series.

It's 2000 something. I'm holed up in my bedroom searching for samples to chop up on Fruity Loops. While deep into the free-market jungle of Amazon's suggested music section, I stumble across a compilation of Ethiopian music with faded pictures of nine guys jamming in white suit jackets. I press play on the 30 second sample.

My mind races with the opportunities these breakbeats offered a budding beat maker. Catchy organs, swinging horns, funky guitar riffs, soulful melodies and grainy and pained vocalists swoon over love lost and gained. Sung in my mother tongue—Amharic—this was a far cry from the corny synthesizer music of the 1990s that my parents played on Saturday mornings. I could actually sample this shit.

The next day, I burn a CD and pop it into my dad's car. His eyes light up when the first notes ooze out of the speakers. “Where did you get this?" He asks puzzlingly. “The internet," I respond smiling.

In the 1970s my dad was one of thousands of high school students in Addis Ababa protesting the monarchy. The protests eventually created instability which lead to a coup d'état. The monarchy was overthrown and a Marxist styled military junta composed of low ranking officers called the Derg came to power. The new regime subsequently banned music they deemed to be counter revolutionary. When the Derg came into power, Amha Eshete, a pioneering record producer and founder of Ahma Records, fled to the US and the master recordings of his label's tracks somehow ended up in a warehouse in Greece.

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