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Issa Rae's New Show 'Rap Sh*t' Is Set to Premiere on HBO Max

The comedy series about a female rap group from South Florida is one of many that will launch on the upcoming streaming service.

A new series from Insecure creator Issa Rae is headed to HBO Max. Rap Sh*t (working title) centers on a group of female rappers from South Florida trying to make it in the music industry.

The half hour series, which Rae will executive produce and write the pilot for, is one of many recently announced shows coming to the upcoming WarnerMedia streaming platform, which will launch in May of 2020.


This is one of many projects that the actress, writer and producer is currently working on. She has two other shows: Sweet Life and Him or Her in development at HBO as well. In May, she was tapped to direct the film adaptation of Tayari Jones' novel Silver Sparrow.

Rae recently launched the new record label Raedio with Atlantic Records, another move highlighting her love for incorporating music into her projects.

In July, she announced that Insecure would begin production on its highly-anticiapted fourth season, and would feature a 10 episodes as opposed to eight like the previous seasons.

The exact date of Rap Sh*t's release is yet to be announced, but we'll keep you posted as we learn more.

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'Insecure' Isn't Returning Until 2020 and the Internet Can't Deal

How will we cope?!

All of our burning questions about the next chapter of Issa Rae's Insecure won't be answered until next year, as HBO has confirmed that the hit show will not be returning to the network for its fourth season until 2020.

The reason being, that the show's creator and star, is currently booked and busy. "Well, Issa became a big movie star!" Casey Bloys, HBO's programming president tells Vulture. "We're not the first place to deal with this, but when you're in business with very creative and talented people, there are a lot more opportunities for people to do things. Issa, I think, partly wanted a break to come back fresh."

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Issa Rae and LaKeith Stanfield to Star In Upcoming Romantic Drama 'The Photograph'

We're always here for a black love story.

Issa Rae and LaKeith Stanfield are giving us something major to look forward to.

Adding to their already growing list of upcoming projects, the actors will star in the upcoming romantic drama, The Photograph, reports Variety.

Details remain scarce, but according to Variety, the film—which will be directed by Stella Meghie, with Will Packer handling production—"centers on intertwining love stories in the past and present."

We're excited to see more black love on screen, especially with this stellar pairing. The film has officially began prodution, as Meghie shared a photo yesterday on Twitter from the first day of shooting.

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This Is What It Takes for South African Musicians to Succeed Abroad

Jeremy Loops, Shimza, Moonchild Sanelly and GoodLuck discuss what it took to build their names overseas.

Disclaimer: The conversation which this piece makes reference to took place before the COVID-19 pandemic hit South Africa.

"I said it for 10 years that I'm going to work with Beyoncé, and everybody laughed for those 10 years. And I said it with conviction. Today, I'm on a Grammy-nominated album [on a song] with Beyoncé right now," says Moonchild Sanelly referring to the song "MY POWER" in which she's featured in alongside Busiswa, Nija, Yemi Alade, Tierra Whack and of course Queen B herself. The track is a fan-favorite from the Lion King: The Gift soundtrack album curated by Beyoncé. Moonchild is pulling out these receipts to elaborate a point she just made about self-belief which helped her build a career that's recognized globally, a feat very few South African artists have achieved.

A few of those artists— Jeremy Loops, Shimza and Juliet Harding (a member of the versatile electronic band GoodLuck)—are on the podium alongside Moonchild during the Midem Africa Conference in Langa, Cape Town towards the end of February. The four musicians are in conversation with Trenton Birch, musician and founder of Bridges for Music Academy, sharing their secrets to breaking into the highly competitive and advanced music markets of mainly Europe and the US.

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Interview: Buju Is the Blooming Afro-Fusion Artist You Should Know

Over the last year, Buju has gone from a viral sensation to one of Nigeria's young music stars pushing afro-fusion to new heights.

When chasing a dream from Nigeria, one needs a surplus of that secret sauce called belief. Young Nigerians in the music space have always forced the issue of their recognition as new viral sensations coming out with fresh, innovative styles are delimiting the shine of the limelight.

Late last year, "Spiritual," was the new record on everybody's lips. While hip-hop sensation Zlatan served as the poster boy for the single, the voice of a new melody twister carried most of the track. 22-year-old Daniel Benson, popularly known as Buju or BujuToyourEars in full, piqued the interest of industry giants and has been on an upward trajectory since then.

Around four million streams later, a handful of major performances, Headies nominations, and a remix of his hit single "L'Enu" featuring his idol Burna Boy on the way, the stars don't seem to be the limit for Buju.

Meet Buju, the latest addition to the list of young Nigerian stars pushing the new generation into the conversation.

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