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Jean Grae Wrote a Song for Ta-Nehisi Coates' Black Panther

"What You Came For" soundtracks the third promo video for the “A Nation Under Our Feet” story line.

Jean Grae has dropped a new track as part of the promotional release for Ta-Nehisi Coatesreprise of the Black Panther.


Her song "What You Came For" soundtracks the third promo video for the widely popular “A Nation Under Our Feet” story line.

The track, produced by Quelle Chris, finds Grae rapping over a deep bass. It can be heard in the video as Coates' explains the premise for writing the comic and his inspiration.

The famed author tweeted about the song's debut earlier this week.

To which the rapper responded with lyrics to the song in celebration.

You can listen to Grae’s “What You Came For” above and watch the promo video below.

 

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Trevor Noah, 'Black Panther' and More Are Honored at the Prestigious 50th NAACP Image Awards

"The power of this moment to us really feels like the power of Pan-Africanism," Danai Gurira says at the ceremony.

The NAACP Image Awards is one of the few premiere cultural moments that celebrates to accomplishments of people of color in television, music, literature, film and social justice. In its 50th year, the awards ceremony went down this past weekend at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, honoring notables who won awards based on public audience votes.

This year's nominees was only a peek into how the African diaspora has continued to build, connect and be recognized for their efforts in telling more stories that reflect our diversity as a global black community.

"The power of this moment to us really feels like the power of Pan-Africanism," Danai Gurira says, while joining the Black Panther cast stage as they swept the awards ceremony that evening. "The beauty of this project is that we as a diaspora made this film successful—and we're just getting started as a diaspora—we're just getting started."

Take a look at some winners of note below.

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Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Just Celebrated a Goal By Putting On the Black Panther Mask

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Arsenal played their second leg game against Rennes in the Europa League today, in which the Gunners looked to turn things around and pass on to the next round.

The star of the match turned out to be Gabonese striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang who netted two goals in the Thursday night match at the Emirates.

The real highlight for most though was his celebration after scoring Arsenal's third goal of the night.

Around the 72nd second minute, Aubamayeng tapped a cross from the left into the goal and proceeded to (somehow) pull out a Black Panther mask for his celebration.

He immediately put the mask the mask on and even pulled out the Wakanda Forever salute to boot. He got booked, of course, but who cares.

Best celebration of the season? Likely so.

Check it out below.

Read: 10 Incredible Things About 'Black Panther' You Might Have Missed

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Watch Burna Boy's Mellowed-Out 'Tiny Desk' Concert

Watch the 'African Giant' run through some of his hits like 'Gbona,' 'Ye' and more for NPR's Tiny Desk concert series.

Burna Boy is the latest artist to grace NPR's famous Tiny Desk.

The Nigerian "afrofusion" star took to the set for a mellowed out performance of four of his biggest tracks. Getting straight to business, the artist opened his set with a toned down rendition of his single "Gbona" before heading into the socially-aware "Wetin Man Go Do." It's much calmer of a performance than we're used to seeing from the artist.

Next he performs a funky version of "Dangote," before rounding his set out with his magnum opus of sorts "Ye." He's backed by the band The Outsiders and vocalist Christina Matovu throughout.

Burna Boy has had a stellar year, releasing his seminal album African Giant, performing at Coachella and winning several awards—including 'Best African Act' at the BET Awards—in the process.

Check out his full Tiny Desk performance below, and revisit a recent Tiny Desk performance from British-Nigerian rapper Dave from last week and check out Burna Boy's okay acoustics performance of 'Anybody' from August.

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Watch Simi's Beautiful Music Video For 'Selense'

Premiere: Simi shares the upbeat new video for "Selense," a song about time which draws inspiration from classic highlife.

Nigeria's Simi comes through with the new music video for her recent single, "Selense."

The song, which sees her sing about using your time and years on this earth preciously, gets a beautiful new video that follows Simi's verses about different characters who may or may not be spending their hours in the best way.

The upbeat new music video, which was directed by Adasa Cookey, is getting premiered here on OkayAfrica today.

"'Selense' is a song about time," Simi tells OkayAfrica. "The song draws inspiration from classic African highlife. A timeless classic that is perfect for all seasons."

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