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#BlackPantherSoLit Trends on Twitter as Michael B. Jordan & Lupita Nyong’o (Maybe) Join The Film’s Cast

Even though the “Black Panther” film won’t hit theaters until 2018, fans flocked to Twitter to express their excitement about its latest casting news.

The newest addition to the Marvel film franchise Black Panther sparked hashtag #BlackPantherSoLit, which trended over the weekend.


Even though the superhero movie—a first for an African starring as the main character T’Challa (the Black Panther) — isn’t due out in theaters until February 2018, fans of the movie throughout the diaspora couldn’t help, but jump on Twitter to rejoice the news of what is shaping up to be the first ever predominately black cast starring in a Marvel film.

Fans already knew Creed director Ryan Coogler was set to direct and Chadwick Bosman to star as the uber-rich Wakandan King, but when news broke last week that both Creed actor Michael B. Jordan signed on and Oscar-winning actress Lupita Nyong’o is in talks to star in the film—they got pretty, well, lit.

What’s more this development makes this project the third time Coogler and Jordan are joining forces—  they also worked together in films Creed and Fruitvale Station.

Twitter user @ChadwickNChill started the hashtag, and it continued with a slew of others like blogger Awesomely Luvvie and Oscar-nominated Selma director Ava Duvernay who chimed in.

Even Okayplayer’s Kevin L. Clarke added this hilarious take:

It also doesn’t hurt that this news was perfectly timed with the much-anticipated release of film Captain America: Civil War on May 6, set in Lagos, which gave comic aficionados and filmgoers, alike, a peek at what’s in store for Comic Republic’s debut film of what promises to be a full-blown franchise. And who can forget that show-stealing line “move or be moved” delivered by Ugandan-German actress Florence Kasumba, who starred as Dora Milajeline, the badass leader of Black Panther’s bodyguard squad?

Add to this that the comic Black Panther topped April 2016 sales  and it makes a lot of sense that fans, who are mad hype for Marvel’s first African superhero, flooded Twitter.

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New Fela Kuti Reissues & Box Set Are Coming This Year

Partisan Records has shared initial news of upcoming Fela 50th anniversary reissues and a new box set on the way.

Fela Kuti fans have a lot to look forward to this year as Partisan Records (home to Fela's catalog) has announced plans to release special reissues of two 1971 albums: London Scene and Live! With Ginger Baker, the classic album in which Fela and his band Africa '70 where joined by the Cream drummer.

The label has also said they plan to release the fifth installment in their ongoing Fela vinyl reissue box set series, which are handpicked by notable names in the music world. Previous volumes have been curated by Erykah Badu, Questlove, and Brian Eno.

Partisan has also shared that they will also be launching a scholarship program at Fela's alma mater, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, in London this year. The label will be sharing more information on all of that exciting Fela Kuti 2021 news soon, so keep and eye out.

In the meantime, Fela Kuti is currently leading the fan vote for induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. You can head here to cast a daily ballot for the afrobeat legend. Voting is capped at one ballot per day.

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