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The director of "Black Panther' tells us about the making of the trailblazing film with OkayAfrica's CEO.

Last night, OkayAfrica in collaboration with Okayplayer, hosted an advanced screening of 'Black Panther' at the Brooklyn Academy of Music.

Attendees came out dressed for greatness, in their best "royal" attire, walking the red carpet before heading into BAM's Harvey Theater to finally experience Wakanda.

Afterwards, CEO Abiola Oke and director Ryan Coogler sat down for an intimate conversation about the themes of blackness in Black Panther and the making of the film.


The discussion was full of gems as Coogler recalled making connections between rituals in his hometown of Oakland and ones he observed on his first trip to South Africa, shared the five films that inspired him to become a director, and discussed Black Panther's profound cultural impact. Coogler also discussed the prominence of the movie's female character's, and why portraying African women with agency was such an important part of the film.

Check out Ryan Coogler in conversation below.

It was a moving night and momentous occasion to celebrate the importance of the groundbreaking film ahead of its theater release. Coogler's idol, Spike Lee was also in the building for the festivities. Check out some photos from the event below.

Photo by Travis Matthews.

Photo by Travis Matthews.

Photo by Travis Matthews.

Photo by Travis Matthews.

Photo by Travis Matthews.

Photo by Travis Matthews.

Photo by Travis Matthews.

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

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The 'Africa In the Media' Study Shows How Africans are Misrepresented in American Television

The new report from the Africa Narrative Project found that Africans are still grossly underrepresented in American television programming.

What does it mean for Africans to be fully and truly represented in the media? For many folks of African decent that question remains painfully unanswered.

An extensive new report from the Africa Narrative project, from the University of Southern California's Norman Lear Center, seeks to provide understanding around the current state of African representation in US media, and identify ways to ensure a "richer telling of Africa's story."

The groups' "Africa in the Media" report is a thorough and timely study that confirms a lack of meaningful storytelling in television news and entertainment, which reflect the ways many Africans see themselves. Their findings show that Africa continues to be both underrepresented and misrepresented in the American media landscape.

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'Black Panther' Is Headed Back to Theaters for Free Screenings During Black History Month

Wakanda will be back on the big screen next month.

We'll get to experience the magic of Black Panther on the big screen once again this February, as the film is headed back to theaters in celebration of Black History month.

Disney announced on Monday, that the groundbreaking, Ryan Coogler-directed movie will head to select AMC theaters for one week starting on Feb 1. What's even better, is that tickets for the showings will come at no cost.

That's correct, tickets are free.99.

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Former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak Passes Away

The former Egyptian president, who was ousted in 2011 during the Arab Spring Uprising, was aged 91.

Egypt's former President Hosni Mubarak passed away yesterday according to reports by the BBC.

The former statesman's death comes barely a year after his successor and Egypt's first democratically-elected president Mohamed Morsi, suffered a fatal heart attack.

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Emerging Artists: Submit to Be a Part of MIDEM Talent Exporter

The new program will select a group of 22 artists from across the world through an open call for entries.

MIDEM, the music world's leading conference and trade fair that takes place in Cannes, France, has announced their new accelerator program for emerging artists across the globe.

The MIDEM Talent Exporter will select a group of 22 artists from across the world through an open call for entries.

"This live matchmaking format will shine a light on the most promising export-ready talent," a message from MIDEM explains, "and connect them with today's finest international talent buyers, including agents, promoters, festivals, media, PR, curators, music editors and A&R. They will also gain access to 10 music supervisors with the specific objective of building concrete business partnerships."

MIDEM Talent Exporter is born out of the Midem Artist Accelerator, a talent discovery and mentorship program that OkayAfrica has had the opportunity to be a part of. In the past artists like AKA, Bez, Moonchild Sanelly, Tshego, La Dame Blanche, Kyan, and other have been part of the program.

As MIDEM explains, the program gives artists the opportunity to "meet international business partners, be scouted by international festival bookers, find an international booking agent, find local promoters, find local PRs, get your music placed in film, TV, gaming, sign publishing and/or sub-publishing deal(s), sign recording deal(s), integrate music playlists, be spotted and highlighted by international media & journalist," and more.

Emerging artists can submit now for MIDEM Talent Exporter 2020.

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