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It's So Hard To Say Goodbye: Michaela Coel Isn't Working On a Third Season Of 'Chewing Gum' Anytime Soon

Michaela Coel has confirmed that she will not be working on a third season of 'Chewing Gum' anytime in the near future.

Will we ever get to binge watch another season of Chewing Gum? Sadly, the answer to that question is unclear.


The Fader reports that the comedy's lovable show runner, Michael Coel, is not planning on producing a third season of the show in the near future, though a cancellation of the show has not been confirmed. A representative for the British-Ghanaian actor, shared the writer's plans to pursue new projects in the meantime.

"Michaela is not currently writing a third series of Chewing Gum as she is focusing on some other projects," said the rep "but is not closing the door to the possibility in the future."

Coel confirmed the news herself via Twitter.

We can't say we're happy to hear this news. We're just not ready to say goodbye to Tracey or all the other colorful folks on the estate. WE NEED OUR CHEWING GUM! Nonetheless, we're sure whatever is next in line for Coel will be a major success. The woman is insanely talented.

For more, revisit our piece on how the show helped build a new conversation around women's sexual liberation.

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A brief history of Ethio-jazz cultural exchange featuring songs by Nas & Damian Marley, K'naan, Madlib and more.

This article was originally published on OkayAfrica in March, 2017. We're republishing it here for our Crossroads series.

It's 2000 something. I'm holed up in my bedroom searching for samples to chop up on Fruity Loops. While deep into the free-market jungle of Amazon's suggested music section, I stumble across a compilation of Ethiopian music with faded pictures of nine guys jamming in white suit jackets. I press play on the 30 second sample.

My mind races with the opportunities these breakbeats offered a budding beat maker. Catchy organs, swinging horns, funky guitar riffs, soulful melodies and grainy and pained vocalists swoon over love lost and gained. Sung in my mother tongue—Amharic—this was a far cry from the corny synthesizer music of the 1990s that my parents played on Saturday mornings. I could actually sample this shit.

The next day, I burn a CD and pop it into my dad's car. His eyes light up when the first notes ooze out of the speakers. “Where did you get this?" He asks puzzlingly. “The internet," I respond smiling.

In the 1970s my dad was one of thousands of high school students in Addis Ababa protesting the monarchy. The protests eventually created instability which lead to a coup d'état. The monarchy was overthrown and a Marxist styled military junta composed of low ranking officers called the Derg came to power. The new regime subsequently banned music they deemed to be counter revolutionary. When the Derg came into power, Amha Eshete, a pioneering record producer and founder of Ahma Records, fled to the US and the master recordings of his label's tracks somehow ended up in a warehouse in Greece.

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