popular

Here are the 16 Categories 'Black Panther' Is Campaigning for at the 2019 Oscars

Disney is going all in to get 'Black Panther' some Oscar nominations.

Disney really wants Black Panther to take home major awards at the upcoming Oscars and they're sparring no expense to make it happen.

Last month, the studio hired an official Oscar strategist and announced that it would be campaigning for a coveted 'Best Picture' nomination, despite the creation of the 'Best Popular Film' category, which was done away with last week after the Academy came to the realization that it was a really bad idea.

Now that Black Panther no longer runs the risk of being awarded a mere consolation prize based on its massive box office success, Disney has formally launched a page for its "For Your Consideration" campaign, consisting of 16 categories that the studio is making a play for.


The list consists of both major and technical categories, including Best Picture, a Best Director nomination for Ryan Coogler, a Best Actor nomination for Chadwick Boseman, Best Costume Design nomination for Ruth Carther, and a number of Best Supporting Actor nominations for members of its star-studded cast including Lupita Nyong'o, Danai Gurira and Michael B. Jordan and Daniel Kaluuya.

See the full list below:

If Black Panther were to take home these awards, it would mark several unprecedented wins for a film with an all black cast, and for its many African actors. It's clear that the studio is trying to make the most out of the film's undeniable cultural impact—a Marvel film has never won an Oscar, and Black Panther has the potential to change that.

Casanova, Davido & Tory Lanez' '2AM' Will Soundtrack Your Weekend

Flatbush meets Lagos and Toronto in this addictive new single.

Brooklyn rapper Casanova rolls through with an energetic new collaboration with Davido and Tory Lanez.

"2AM" sees the rapper going in over highly-infectious afrobeats-meets-pop beat work, in the same vein as we've heard from massive hits like "Unforgettable." The song was produced by 30 Roc.

The single features the star power of Davido and Tory Lanez which gives "2AM" the increased potential to be one of those huge new jams that'll be getting constant spins this year on both sides of the Atlantic (it's already got the top slot in Spotify's African Heat playlist).

The music video kicks off in Atlanta but eventually follows Casanova to Lagos, where he connects with Davido in Shitta. The clip was directed by Nigeria's Meji Alabi, the creative force behind many of your favorite afrobeats videos.

"2AM" is the lead single from Casanova's upcoming EP, Free At Last, which is due from Roc Nation/Def Jam Recordings on February 15.

We talked to Casanova below to learn a little more about this new collaboration and sound for him.

Keep reading... Show less

Dive Into TOBi's New Music Video For 'City Blues'

The Nigerian-Canadian rapper delivers a solid jam.

TOBi is a Nigerian-born, Toronto-based rapper making music inspired by his early life move to Canada and the experiences around immigration and culture shock.

You might have previously heard his track, "Hidden Fences," closing out the finale of Insecure or gotten into his 2016 debut EP, FYi.

TOBi is now sharing the new single and music for "City Blues," which sees the rapper taking cues from Marvin Gaye's "Inner City Blues" over a beat produced by Free n Losh. It's the first taste we're hearing from his upcoming debut album due later this year.

"[City Blues is] written from one perspective within the African diaspora, pertaining to being caught between two worlds and reclaiming my ethnic identity," TOBi tells OkayAfrica. "Embracing my name has been a crucial part of my personal growth."

"I drew inspiration from the Shakespeare quote: 'All the world's a stage, and all the men and women merely players; They have their exits and their entrances, and one man in his time plays many parts.' City Blues speaks about the many roles that a human takes on at once but from my perspective," he adds.

Get into it below.

Keep reading... Show less

Issa Rae to Star In Murder Mystery Rom-Com, 'The Lovebirds,' With Kumail Nanjiani

Issa Rae isn't playing with us in 2019!

Issa Rae has added yet another exciting project to her growing list for 2019, and we're totally here for it.

The actress and Insecure showrunner is set to star alongside comedian and Silicon Valley star Kumail Nanjiani in the upcoming romantic comedy The Lovebirds, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Keep reading... Show less

get okayafrica in your inbox

news.

popular.