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Ryan Coogler Has Closed a Deal to Direct 'Black Panther 2' & Folks Are Pretty Excited About It

It's really happening.

It's official—Ryan Coogler, the prolific writer and director behind the mega-hit Black Panther has signed a deal to write and direct the film's sequel.

Though it was understood that there would most likely be a sequel, given the Black Panther's immense box office success, details about the sequel remained scarce. It's now been confirmed that the filmmaker "quietly" closed a deal some time ago, and is expected to begin writing the movie next year with plans to begin production in late 2019 or 2020, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

READ: Ryan Coogler Talks the Making of 'Black Panther' With OkayAfrica at the Brooklyn Academy of Music


The Hollywood Reporter also adds that Coogler took a more considered and unconventional approach to closing his deal, stating:

Typically, a filmmaker is more than willing to quickly sign on for a follow-up and a studio is eager to snap up a key piece of talent in the lead-up to or right after a successful opening. But Coogler's camp shook off the peer pressure and took its time in making a deal, which occurred under the radar some time ago.

Black Panther was both a commercial and critical success, grossing $1.3 billion globally since its release in February. Disney Studios is currently carrying out a campaign for the film to be considered for 16 Oscars categories, despite superhero films often being overlooked by the Academy.

Many fans online have expressed excitement about the upcoming sequel. Check out some Twitter reactions below.








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6 Samples From 'Éthiopiques' in Hip-Hop

A brief history of Ethio-jazz cultural exchange featuring songs by Nas & Damian Marley, K'naan, Madlib and more.

This article was originally published on OkayAfrica in March, 2017. We're republishing it here for our Crossroads series.

It's 2000 something. I'm holed up in my bedroom searching for samples to chop up on Fruity Loops. While deep into the free-market jungle of Amazon's suggested music section, I stumble across a compilation of Ethiopian music with faded pictures of nine guys jamming in white suit jackets. I press play on the 30 second sample.

My mind races with the opportunities these breakbeats offered a budding beat maker. Catchy organs, swinging horns, funky guitar riffs, soulful melodies and grainy and pained vocalists swoon over love lost and gained. Sung in my mother tongue—Amharic—this was a far cry from the corny synthesizer music of the 1990s that my parents played on Saturday mornings. I could actually sample this shit.

The next day, I burn a CD and pop it into my dad's car. His eyes light up when the first notes ooze out of the speakers. “Where did you get this?" He asks puzzlingly. “The internet," I respond smiling.

In the 1970s my dad was one of thousands of high school students in Addis Ababa protesting the monarchy. The protests eventually created instability which lead to a coup d'état. The monarchy was overthrown and a Marxist styled military junta composed of low ranking officers called the Derg came to power. The new regime subsequently banned music they deemed to be counter revolutionary. When the Derg came into power, Amha Eshete, a pioneering record producer and founder of Ahma Records, fled to the US and the master recordings of his label's tracks somehow ended up in a warehouse in Greece.

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