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A 'Coming to America' Sequel Is Currently In Development

A sequel to Eddie Murphy's "Coming to America" is currently in development.

Eddie Murphy caused quite the frenzy a few weeks back when an account in his name, sent out a tweet asking followers if they wanted a sequel of his 1988 classic Coming to America.


It was later confirmed, via his daughter's Instagram, that he didn't even know he had a Twitter account, and the page was deleted soon after. The ordeal pretty much quashed all hopes of a possible sequel.

Or so we thought.

Entertainment Weekly is now reporting that Paramount Pictures is currently developing Coming to America 2, and they've commissioned the film's original writers Barry Blaustein and David Sheffield to pen it.

There's no word yet, as to whether or not Murphy will reprise his role as the endearing Prince Akeem Joffer of Zamunda, or if any of the original cast members: James Earl Jones, Shari Headley and Arsenio Hall—to name a few—will appear in the film.

The fact that Murphy hasn't yet been confirmed isn't sitting well with everyone. Some are skeptical about how the film will be executed.

Others seem genuinely excited about the news, it appears that some folks have been waiting for this moment for their entire lives.

Both positions are valid—a Coming to America sequel could either be insanely good or uncomfortably bad. Either way, our curiosity has piqued.

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Davido Rumored to Be Making An Appearance In 'Coming to America 2'

The Nigerian star will have a part in the much-talked about sequel, according to comedian Michael Blackson.

The Coming to America sequel is well under way.

If you haven't been keeping up, "Eddie Murphy, Arsenio Hall, James Earl Jones, and Paul Bates, are already locked in to reprise their roles from the beloved 1988 buddy comedy," Okayplayer reports.

Additional cast members will include Kiki Layne (If Beale Street Could Talk), Wesley Snipes and now, apparently, Nigerian star Davido will also be joining the roster.

That piece of info was shared by comedian Michael Blackson, who was in Atlanta with the Nigerian singer over the weekend at his show. "Davido has told me he has a performance scene in Coming to America 2, congrats homie," Blackson tweeted.

For more details on the forthcoming sequel, Okayplayer has you covered:

"An early synopsis of the film (per The Hollywood Reporter) finds Akeem returning to the states in search of a newly-discovered son (Jermaine Fowler) living in Queens with his mother (Leslie Jones.) With his father on the outs and the throne to inherit, Akeem heads back to America to deliver the King a new prince to groom."

"Production begins this month with Craig Brewer in the director's chair and a script from black-ish creator, Kenya Barris, eyeing a December 18, 2020 release date."

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South African Actress Nomzamo Mbatha has Joined the 'Coming 2 America' Cast

She joins Tracy Morgan, Wesley Snipes, Leslie Jones, Kiki Layne and several others in the sequel to the 1988 comedy.

South African actress Nomzamo Mbatha, along with American actress Garcelle Beauvais, are the latest additions to the Coming 2 America cast. The sequel to the popular 1988 comedy film, will star its original leads Eddie Murphy and Arsenio Hall, and will be directed by Craig Brewer, Deadline reports. According to The Hollywood Reporter, production of the film is underway and shooting is set to begin next week.

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#BuyBlack: The 8 Black-Owned Brands To Shop For On Black Friday

It's that time of year again, here is OkayAfrica's 2019 gift guide for you to #BuyBlack this Friday.

You know we're near the end of 2019 once the holiday season comes back around. Thanksgiving is upon us and the bargain shopping and gift-giving is set to commence thereafter. While this American "holiday" being questionable in of itself, Black Friday is a prime occasion to highlight, support and spend exclusively with black-owned businesses.

Just like we mentioned last year, let's keep the 'for us, by us' energy going. Even beyond the hustle and bustle of Black Friday, tap into the businesses that continue to contribute to wealth-building, development and employment in Black communities around the world.

Here is OkayAfrica's curated shortlist of black-owned brands to take note of this Black Friday, including some standout home decor, fashion, skincare and beauty brands you should know.

Take a look below.

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Burna Boy Samples Fela's 'Shakara' on New Track, 'My Money, My Baby' From 'Queen & Slim' Soundtrack

The film's official soundtrack also features tracks from Lauryn Hill, Blood Orange, Megan Thee Stallion and more.

The official soundtrack for Queen & Slim has arrived, and it features a standout solo track from none other than Burna Boy.

"My Money, My Baby" is a heavily Afrobeat-tinged track that features a prominent sample of Fela Kuti's 1972 song "Shakara." The pulsating track also sees the singer, channeling Fela's signature talk-style of singing and repetition. Check it out below.

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