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Issa Rae and Daniel Kaluuya Snag Golden Globe Nominations

We're rooting for everybody black.

Award show season is upon us and we're anticipating who will be going home the glistening, gold trophies in 2018.

And for us—we're rooting for everybody black, obviously.

Our favorite awkward black girl Issa Rae has been nominated for best actress in a television series, musical or comedy for her role in the hit HBO series, Insecure for the 2018 Golden Globes.


Breakout star Daniel Kaluuya, who was recently received a nomination for the 23rd Critics Choice Awards, snagged a Golden Globe nomination for best actor in a motion picture, musical or comedy for his role in Get Out.

Here are more black greats who've been nominated and who we're rooting for the 2018 Golden Globes:

  • Best television series, musical or comedy — Black-ish
  • Best actor in a television series, musical or comedy — Anthony Anderson, Black-ish
  • Best actor in a television series, drama — Sterling K. Brown, This Is Us
  • Best motion picture, musical or comedy — Get Out
  • Best actor in a motion picture, drama — Denzel Washington, Roman J. Israel, Esq.
  • Best supporting actress in any motion picture — Mary J. Blige, Mudbound & Octavia Spencer, The Shape of Water
  • Best original song — "Mighty River," Mudbound (Raphael Saadiq, Mary J. Blige) & "The Star," The Star (Mariah Carey)
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Black Coffee & Tresor’s Work On Drake’s New Album Speaks to the Rise of South African Music

Unlike the Kendrick Lamar-curated Black Panther: The Album or Beyoncé’s The Lion King: The Gift album which had hints of South African flavours on them, Honestly, Nevermind is imbued with them.

On the 16th of June, news that rap superstar Drakewas dropping a surprise album first hit the internet. As with any of his releases, the announcement sent people into a frenzy. Leading up to the drop, the OVO camp, as part of a subtle and timely album rollout, put out a track list. Included in it as one of the album’s executive producers was South African super producer, DJ and artist Black Coffee. His name was listed amongst Drake’s regular collaborators and business partners, Noah 40 Shebib, Oliver El-Khatib and Noel Cadastre.

The two artists have previously collaborated on the remake of Black Coffee’s seminal 2009 hit “Superman.” Drake’s take on the instrumental and composition, “Get It Together,” was released almost a decade later on his 2017 playlist More Life. When the song dropped, the reviews and public reactions were split because of the original vocalist Bucie being replaced by then-burgeoning British singer Jorja Smith.

Fast forward to 2022, Black Coffee has a ‘Best Dance/Electronic’ Grammy award for his 2021 album Subconsciously, and has played at the biggest stages across the globe. It then shouldn’t come as a surprise that when putting together his experimental dance album, Drake tapped the South African producer to oversee and shape the sonic and creative direction of the album.

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