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In Major Comic Book News: Ta-Nehisi Coates Tapped To Pen Marvel's Upcoming Black Panther Series

Marvel is teaming up with novelist and columnist Ta-Nehisi Coates and illustrator Brian Stelfreeze for the next Black Panther comic series.


The cover of Black Panther No. 1, to be published next year, drawn by Brian Stelfreeze. Credit: Marvel Entertainment

One of the leading voices in contemporary race debates will soon lend his voice to another influential figure.

According to The New York Times, Marvel Comics has hand-picked The Atlantic columnist and Between the World and Me author Ta-Nehisi Coates to write the Black Panther comic book series scheduled for spring 2016. The partnership reportedly grew out of a May 2015 interview between Coates and Marvel director Sana Amanat about diversity and inclusion in comic books.

With Coates penning the yearlong storyline, "A Nation Under Our Feet," and Brian Stelfreeze illustrating, the series will find Black Panther "dealing with a violent uprising in his country set off by a superhuman terrorist group called the People," the Times reports.

The Marvel hero, who was first introduced to readers in 1966, hails from the fictional technologically-advanced African nation of Wakanda and has been credited as the first Black superhero in mainstream American comics. "He has the baddest costume in comics and is a dude who is smarter and better than everyone,” Axel Alonso, the editor in chief of Marvel, told the Times.

A Black Panther film starring Chadwick Boseman is also slated for 2018, although fans will be able to catch the famous fighter much sooner in next year's Captain America: Civil War.

Interview

Kofi Jamar Switches Lanes In 'Appetite for Destruction'

The Ghanaian rapper and "Ekorso" hitmaker presents a different sound in his latest EP.

The drill scene in Ghana has been making waves across the continent for some time now. If you're hip to what a crop of young and hungry artists from the city of Kumasi in Ghana and beyond have been doing over the past year, then you already know about rapper Kofi Jamar.

Towards the end of November last year he dropped one of the biggest drill songs to emerge from Ghana's buzzing drill scene, the popular street anthem "Ekorso." In the December and January that followed, "Ekorso" was the song on everyone's lips, the hip-hop song that took over the season, with even the likes of Wizkid spotted vibing to the tune.

Currently sitting at over 10 million streams across digital streaming platforms, the song topped charts, even breaking records in the process. "Ekorso" maintained the number one spot on Apple Music's Hip-Hop/Rap: Ghana chart for two months uninterrupted, a first in the history of the chart. It also had a good stint at number one of the Ghana Top 100 chart as well, among several other accolades.

Even though he's the creator of what could be the biggest song of Ghana's drill movement till date, Kofi Jamar doesn't plan on replicating his past music or his past moves. He has just issued his second EP, a 6-track project titled Appetite for Destruction, and it would surprise you to know that there isn't a single drill song on it. Although drill played a huge role in his meteoric rise, he wants to be known as way more than just a drill rapper. He wants to be known as a complete and versatile artist, unafraid to engage in any genre — and he even looks forward to creating his own genre of music during the course of his career.

We spoke to Kofi Jamar about his latest EP, and he tells us about working with Teni, why he's gravitating away from drill to a new sound, and more. Check out our conversation below.

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