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Ghanaian Superwoman Bozoma Saint John is the Most Badass Music Exec of 2016

Bozoma Saint John named Billboard's Most Powerful Women in Music of 2016.

By now, you’ve probably heard the name Bozoma Saint John. If you haven’t, here’s a quick introduction: Boz is an absolute badass. In fact, she’s taking badass to a whole other level.


The Ghanaian-born Apple Music global marketing executive made waves in June when she astounded the crowd at Apple’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco.

Not that we didn’t already know, but Boz is now officially 2016’s executive of the year. This is according to Billboard Women in Music (and we wholeheartedly co-sign), who named her “Executive of the Year," and thus number one on their list of the Top 100 Most Powerful Women in Music.

Boz’s lists of accomplishments already runs deep, including being the brains behind what may very well go down as the most important commercial in Super Bowl history (remember, the one with Kerry Washington, Taraji P. Henson and Mary J. Blige?)

Big up, Boz!

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Michaela Coel Joins the 'Black Panther' Sequel Cast

The upcoming film, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, is shaping up.

The sequel to the Oscar-winning Black Panther is only due to debut in July of 2022, but the production is well on its way.

The latest news out of the camp is that Michaela Coel, of I May Destroy You and Chewing Gum fame, has officially joined the cast of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. Her character details are still under wraps but according to Variety, Coel has already joined director Ryan Coogler at Atlanta's Pinewood Studios, where production started in late June.

Coel joins original cast members Danai Gurira, Letitia Wright, Daniel Kaluuya, Winston Duke, Lupita Nyong'o, Florence Kasumba, and Angela Bassett all reprising their roles. Following the tragic passing of Chadwick Boseman, Marvel reportedly chose not to recast the role of T'Challa.

Read: How Michaela Coel's 'I May Destroy You' Makes Space For Black Creators

"It's clearly very emotional without Chad," Marvel Studios chief Kevin Feige mentions. "But everyone is also very excited to bring the world of Wakanda back to the public and back to the fans. We're going to do it in a way that would make Chad proud."

Michaela Coel's highly-lauded 2020 series I May Destroy You — which she wrote, directed, produced and stared in — received four Emmy nominations.

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is scheduled for wide release on July 8, 2022.

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