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Ryan Coogler Wants to Make an All-Female 'Black Panther' Spin-off

We NEED this to happen.

Imagine: the indomitable women of Wakanda starring in their very own motion picture.

It's something we'd most certainly pay to see, and if Black Panther director, Ryan Coogler has his way, we might see it come life. During an interview earlier this week at Canne with film critic Elvis Mitchell, the director was asked if the women in the movie were as important as the male characters. Of course, the answer was yes.

"I think you could argue they are more important," said Coogler. "There's a whole section of the film where T'Challa is out of the movie and you're just following the women." Adding that one of his favorite moments in the film is when it focuses on the women's response to T'Challa being overthrown. "That's one of my favorite parts of the movie when I watched it, and I didn't expect that," he added. "That part of the movie you feel like you're watching something fresh and new," Coogler continued. "That part of it was exciting."

When asked if he'd consider making a spin-off with the women of the film, the answer was also a affirmative. "Oh man," he said "That would be amazing if the opportunity came up. They did it in the comic-book version."

We most definitely agree, and it looks like Shuri (Letitia Wright) is already on board.

We can only imagine how fierce and downright amazing an entire film centered on the Dora Milaje would be. Fingers crossed that it happens in the future, but for now we'll continue to obsess over Black Panther, which is set for a home release this month. If you haven't already, check out some deleted scenes from the film.

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The 10 Best Ghanaian Songs of the Month (July)

Featuring Black Sherif, Sarkodie, Stonebwoy, M3NSA x M.anifest, and more.

As the summer winds down releases have slowed down just a tad, but it's nothing to fear because a number of our Ghanaian music faves are in album mode, and it's only a matter of time before they let loose! In the meantime the rest of our faves have been steady dishing out that fire, making for another month of dope releases. Want the scoop? Check out the best Ghanaian songs of the month below!

Follow our GHANA WAVE playlist on Spotify here and Apple Music here.

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The 7 Best East African Songs of the Month (July)

Featuring Nandy, Juicee Mann, Alikiba, Diamond Platnumz and more.

July featured an array of incredible releases from East Africa's pop royalty as well as promising newbies.

Follow our East African Grooves playlist on Spotify and Apple Music.

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Interview

A Candid Conversation With Olamide & Fireboy DML

We talk to the Nigerian stars about the hardest lessons they've learned, best advice they've ever been given and what Nigeria means to them.

Olamide and Fireboy DML have been working together for three years, but the first time they sit down to do an interview together is hours after they arrive in New York City on a promo tour.

It's Fireboy's first time in the Big Apple — and in the US — and the rain that's pouring outside his hotel doesn't hinder his gratitude. "It's such a relief to be here, it's long overdue," he tells OkayAfrica. "I was supposed to be here last year, but Covid stopped that. This is a time to reflect and refresh. It's a reset button for me."

Olamide looks on, smiling assuredly. Since signing Fireboy to his YBNL Nation label in 2018, he's watched the soulful young singer rise to become one of Nigeria's most talked-about artists — from his breakout single, "Jealous," to his debut album Laughter, Tears & Goosebumps, hit collabs with D.Smoke and Cuppy, and his sophomore release, Apollo, last year.

Even while he shares his own latest record, UY Scuti, with the world, Olamide nurtures Fireboy's career with as much care and attention as he does his own, oscillating between his two roles of artist and label exec seamlessly. His 2020 album Carpe Diem is the most streamed album ever by an African rap artist, according to Audiomack, hitting over 140 million streams. When Olamide signed a joint venture with US-based record label and distribution company, Empire, in February last year he did so through his label, bringing Fireboy and any other artist he decides to sign along for the ride, and establishing one of the most noteworthy deals on the continent.

Below, Olamide & Fireboy DML speak to OkayAfrica about their mutual admiration for each other, what makes them get up in the morning and how they switch off.

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