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Last Night's 'Black Panther' Premiere Was Glorious and Black AF

Black 👏🏿 Royalty 👏🏿.

Last night was the official "purple carpet" premiere of Black Panther and it was an exceptionally regal—and black AF—affair.

The dress code for the night was "royal attire requested," and the dazzling cast, crew and star guests did not disappoint in the slightest. The purple carpet was brimming with melanin, vibrant hues, colorful jewels, intricate patterns, and all around flyness.

You can watch the premiere here, in case you missed it.

Check out some of the phenomenal, jaw-dropping looks from last night's Black Panther premiere below.


Our hearts cannot stop racing after seeing these pictures of Chadwick Boseman looking like a proud Wakandan King.

Can we just take a second to revel in the goodness that is Lupita Nyong'o in this Fulani-inspired hairstyle for a moment? Wow.

Danai Gurira was awe-inspiring in this polished pink look. The queen of our hearts, truly.

Daniel Kaluuya kept it impeccably smooth and traditional in a Ugandan Kanzu. Dreamy.


There are actually no words that can adequately describe how astounding Angela Basset looks in this yellow, beaded ensemble. Black royalty don't crack.

Michael Bae Jordan—aka Erik Killmonger—living up to his name, as usual in this tailored, double breasted suit.

It gets no cuter than T'Challa's sister Shuri, played by Letitia Wright, in this sheer ballroom gown.

Director, Ryan Coogler rocking Ikiré Jones was absolutely everything. Cheers to supporting African designers!

While we're still grappling with extreme FOMO over the fact that we couldn't be there in the flesh, we certainly appreciate the regalia of last night's event. We remain incredibly excited about the release of this film—February 16 cannot get here soon enough.

See more pictures of the stars, including David Oyelowo, Issa Rae, Donald Glover, Yara Shahidi, Janelle Monae and more below.



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EFF Calls Out President Cyril Ramaphosa On Slow COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout

South Africa's opposition party leader, Julius Malema, has demanded that President Cyril Ramaphosa speed up the distribution rate of COVID-19 vaccines.

Julius Malema has reportedly instructed President Cyril Ramaphosa to release South Africa's detailed COVID-19 vaccine rollout strategy. Malema added that his party, the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), would initiate a sit-in at vaccination centres should Ramaphosa fail to share this national vaccination plan by the end of April 2021. This comes after the South African government's last announcement of the vaccine rollout plan two months ago.

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Here's our round up of the best tracks and music videos that came across our desks, which you can also check out in our Songs You Need to Hear This Week playlists on Spotify and Apple Music.

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Akon In Uganda, the Laundering of a Dictatorship

Opinion: By lending his voice to the horrid spectacle underway in Uganda, Akon is in fact endorsing the Museveni regime.

Autocrats across the world have often used artists to sanitize their regime's brutality. One method that has been increasingly employed has been the recruitment of high-profile artists—mainly Western music stars—to work as essential spokespersons for a country's tourism ministry. These artists then work alongside government officials—oftentimes propaganda artists in their own right—to sell a whitewashed image of the country, one that is almost always at odds with realities on the ground.

While the introduction of global celebrities into the authoritarian playbook of reputation laundering is a more recent phenomenon, placing a country's tourism industry front-and-center has long been a go-to tactic to soften a dictatorship's harsh image. The former long-ruling dictator of Zimbabwe, for example, Robert Mugabe, was a trailblazer in this regard. In 2012, he convinced the United Nations World Tourism Organization to appoint him as their international envoy, despite his government's categorically abysmal human rights record.

Years later, Rwanda's strongman, Paul Kagame, signed a multi-million-dollar deal with Arsenal, the popular English football club. For the 2019/2020 season, players sported jerseys with "Visit Rwanda" prominently displayed on their chests and sleeves, all while the country's political opposition, media, and human rights community faced continual decimation through arbitrary detentions, disappearances, extrajudicial executions and alleged state-sanctioned murders.

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