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

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.

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The Lion King: A Music Story | Presented by Disney

We take you behind the scenes to find out just how big an impact 'The Lion King' and African music has had on the global music space.

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Twenty-five years later and the music of The Lion King still holds up. The live-action remake of the beloved Disney film has only further affirmed this, with folks still more than ready to sing along to its grand and unforgettable soundtrack. Since it first came out, African artists have carved out an indelible space in the international music scene, and the universal appeal of the Lion King's music is a testament to that.

African music is worldwide. From Johannesburg to São Paulo to New York City, we caught up with the likes of music composer Lebo M, veteran actor Dr. John Kani, choral director Khaya Mthethwa and artist Rincon Sapiência, for a new video to discuss the rising popularity of African music and culture in mainstream media and its global impact.

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Everyday Afrique Is Back For a Fourth of July Party in NYC!

Join us at The Well for a night featuring music from GuiltyBeatz, DJ Moma and more.

OkayAfrica, Everyday People, and Electrafrique's EVERYDAY AFRIQUE party is easily one of the best places to be during summer in New York City.

We're hosting our annual fourth of July bash this year for another installment of the party that brings out the city's finest. This July 4 we're taking EVERYDAY AFRIQUE to a new location at The Well in Brooklyn, where you can dance and drink the day & night away across the venue's outdoor and indoor spaces.

GRAB TICKETS TO EVERY AFRIQUE'S FOURTH OF JULY PARTY HERE

Music will be handled by star Ghanaian producer GuiltyBeatz, Everyday People's DJ Moma, Electrafrique's Cortega, Akio, Rich Knight, Silent Addy and AQ.

The night is hosted by Young Prince, Saada, Roble, Sinat, Giselle, Tropical Jwan, Shernita & Maine.

All details in the flyer below and grab your tickets here.

See you on the dance floor!

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Nigerian Artist Ben Enwonwu's Painting 'Christine' was Recently Auctioned Off in London

The owner of the painting Googled the signature on the artwork and only then realized its enormous value.

The late Nigerian artist Ben Enwonwu is considered the "Father of African Modernism". His 1974 painting of the Ife princess, Adetutu "Tutu" Ademiluyi, was dubbed the "African Mona Lisa" by veteran Nigerian author Ben Okri. The painting of the the young royal of Ife, an ancient Yoruba city in the south-western region of Nigeria, was discovered last year in a London flat after having disappeared for close to four decades. The artwork was then sold a few weeks later for a record-breaking USD 1.6 million More recently, his 1971 painting entitled "Christine", was auctioned off in London after the family who owed it Googled the signature on the painting and realized its enormous value.

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Watch Solo’s Music Video for ‘Two by Two’

The video shows highlights from Solo's wedding.

This morning, Solo shared the visuals for "Two by Two," the lead single to the South African rapper's latest album C.Plenty.Dreams.

"Two by Two" features BETR Gang member, Solo's long-time collaborator and producer, Buks. "Two by Two" sees the rapper open up about his admiration for his wife and admits he will always seek guidance from his parents.

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