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The Oscars Awarded Moonlight Best Picture, Confirming What We All Knew

Moonlight won the award for Best Picture at the 2017 Academy Awards.

Last night's Academy Awards show was by far the best in recent memory.


Mahershala Ali and Viola Davis won Oscars for Best Supporting Actor and Best Supporting Actress, respectively—making 2017 the first time that two black actors have won in both categories.  Ali is the first Muslim actor to win an Oscar, and Davis is now the first black woman to have won an Emmy, Tony and Oscar for acting.

Perhaps the biggest moment of the night was Moonlight winning for Best Picture. For most of us, it was the obvious choice, but given how much white folks seem to love La La Land, it seemed highly possible that Moonlight might face an upset at its expense.

We were all preparing our op-eds and angry tweets as it was wrongly announced that La La Land had won. But to everyone's delight, it was all just a Steve Harvey-inspired mix-up. The Academy actually picked the right movie, Moonlight won, and we should all relish in this victory. It was about damn time.

Moonlight is a film for the ages—a triumph for black cinema, and we're glad that the Academy was finally on the same page as the rest of us in recognizing that. More of this please.

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Interview: How Stogie T’s ‘Freestyle Friday’ Became a TV Show

Freestyle Friday started as lockdown content but is now a fully-fledged TV show on Channel O. In this interview, Stogie T breaks down why the show is revolutionary and talks about venturing into media.

When South Africa was put under a hard lockdown in 2020, Stogie T started Freestyle Friday to "make SA rap again." Freestyle Friday, hosted on Instagram, saw a different cohort of rappers each rap over the same beat picked by the veteran rapper. From niche and emerging rappers to some of the most notable names in South African hip-hop—the likes of AKA, Focalistic, Ginger Trill and several others all participated.

In the last few weeks, however, Freestyle Friday has found its way to cable TV. The show airs every Friday on Channel O, one of the continent's longest-running music TV channels. Freestyle Friday as a TV programme isn't just about freestyles, it's about the art of rapping and the music business, particularly SA hip-hop. Guests range from lyricists to record executives and other personalities aligned with the scene—Ninel Musson and Ms Cosmo for instance.

But Freestyle Friday is only the first media product Stogie T is working on as he is in the process of starting a podcast network, a venture in which he is collaborating with Culture Capital. In the Q&A below, Stogie T breaks down the relationship with Culture Capital, how the show moved from the internet to TV, why it's a revolutionary idea, touches on his venture into media and his future plans.

This interview has been edited for clarity and length.

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