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Daniel Kaluuya Wins 2018 BAFTA Rising Star Award

We honestly can't think of anyone more deserving.

It's Daniel Kaluuya's moment.

Fresh off the off the record-shattering release of Black Panther, the British-Ugandan actor now has even more to celebrate: he's the winner of the 2018 EE BAFTA Rising Star Award.


The actor accepted the coveted award last night for his unforgettable role in 2017's Get Out. He gave a humorous speech, thanking friends, producers and fellow actors who he says "let him think different," and dedicated the award to his mother.

'Mum, you're the reason why I started, why I'm here, you're the reason I keep going. This is yours. Love peace lets get it," said the actor.

Watch his speech below.

Fellow stars took to Twitter to congratulate Kaluuya on the big win. British-Ghanaian grime rapper, Stormzy shared his enthusiasm over his friend's win.

Kaluuya beat out stiff competition, including Tessa Thompson, Josh O'Connor and more to snag the award.

It's shaping up to be an eventful awards season for the actor, who's also nominated for an Oscar, Golden Globe and a Screen Actor's Guild Award. We're hoping he snags every single one of them.

If you haven't already, you can catch Kaluuya on the big screen as W'kabi in Black Panther, out now. Congrats to the young talent!

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Adekunle Gold Teases Upcoming Album With New Single "Mercy"

The Nigerian afropop crooner has fans sitting in anticipation for his new album, due out February 4.

Afropop favorite Adekunle Gold is back on our minds with the announcement that his upcoming album Catch Me If You Can is out in a week! The Nigerian superstar has already teased fans with tracks "High" featuring Davido, "Sinner" featuring American singer Lucky Daye, and now shares his latest "Mercy."

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The 5 Songs You Need to Hear This Week

Featuring Spinall x Adekunle Gold, Ibibio Sound Machine, Turunesh and more

Every week, we highlight the top releases through our best music of the week column.

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.

Follow our SONGS YOU NEED TO HEAR THIS WEEK playlist on Spotify here and Apple Music here.

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Madelyn Bonilla On Being The AfroLatina Representation Her Younger Self Needed

Bonilla, the founder of online community Brown Narrativ, spoke with us about how her experiences as an AfroLatina woman in NYC’s Bronx led her to write and direct her debut film, Pajón.

Madelyn Bonilla is dedicated to being the person she needed when she was growing up.

The former forensic science researcher-turned-advertising guru was born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, and raised in the Bronx, New York - or, “where Hip-Hop was bred”, as the 36-year-old puts it. Growing up in a typically Latinx family, community, and neighborhood, Bonilla knew that there was so much more of herself to discover, as her interests in Black culture shaped a lot of her life. It wasn’t until her early 20s that she started to allow herself to explore her identity as an AfroLatina woman. The first to do so in her family, Bonilla faced – and still faces – scrutiny and shaming from the Latinx community at large, but also from her own loved ones. Comments like, “Your hair looks messy” or, “Your hair’s not combed” when Bonilla first began rocking her natural curls truly mirrored the thoughts and opinions of those around her, too. Her experiences as an AfroLatina woman are the experiences so many face, as they try to get to the root of their own roots.

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The Fugees' Concerts In Ghana & Nigeria Cancelled

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