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The 'Black Panther' Cast and Rami Malek Win Big at the 2019 SAG Awards

Revisit Chadwick Boseman's epic acceptance speech with the "Black Panther" cast here.

As the 2019 awards season continues, the winners of the 2019 Screen Actors Guild Awards were given their Actor statues Sunday. You already know who we're stanning—all things Black Panther and Rami Malek.


Malek took home the award for "Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role" for his moment as Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody.

Black Panther received two SAG Awards—"Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture" as well as the coveted "Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture."

The cast with their glowing skin and proud presence accepted the award with Chadwick Boseman's speech that spoke loud and clear—that the success of Black Panther will not be limited to this moment.

"When I think of going to work everyday, and the passion and the intelligence, the resolve, the discipline that everybody showed, I also think of two questions that we all have received that during the course of multiple publicity runs. And one is, 'Did we know that this movie was going to receive this kind of response?' Meaning, 'Was it going to to make a billion dollars? Was it still going to be around during this awards season?' And the second question is, 'Has it changed the industry? Has it actually changed the way this industry works? How it sees us?' And my answer to that is—to be young, gifted and black," he says.

Watch the epic acceptance speech in full below.

Black Panther: Award Acceptance Speech | 25th Annual SAG Awards | TNT youtu.be

Check out the full list of SAG Award winners from Variety here.

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The Fugees Will Be Playing Live Concerts In Ghana & Nigeria

Ready or not.

The legendary Fugees have announced that they will be reuniting for their first shows in 15 years for a string of concerts across North America, Europe and West Africa.

The reunion tour will be celebrating the anniversary of their classic 1996 album, The Score.

Ms. Lauryn Hill, Wyclef Jean and Pras Michel will be embarking on a 12-city global tour, which will have them landing in Nigeria and Ghana for a pair of December show dates — we'll have more details on those to come.

The tour starts this week with a 'secret' pop-up show at an undisclosed location in New York City on Wednesday (9/22) in support of Global Citizen Live. The rest of the dates will kick-off in November and see The Fugees playing concerts across Chicago Los Angeles, Atlanta, Oakland, Miami, Newark, Paris, London, and Washington DC, before finishing off in Nigeria and Ghana.

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This Compilation Shines a Light On East African Underground Music

We talk to a few of the artists featured on the Music For the Eagles compilation from Uganda's Nyege Nyege.

Nyege Nyege, a label in Kampala, Uganda is channelling the confidence brimming over a whole continent. Africa is no longer the future. For dance music, its time is right now.

Music For the Eagles is a compilation released in conjunction with Soundcloud to showcase the best new acts that East Africa has to offer outside the mainstream. A new wave of artists firmly blasting non-conformist energy for you to spasm to. Music that takes you places. Otim Alpha's high BPM wedding frenzy of incessant rasping vocals accompanied by feverous violin will have you clawing the walls to oblivion. Anti Vairas' dancehall from a battleship with super galactic intentions doesn't even break a sweat as it ruins you. FLO's beautiful sirens call, is a skittish and detuned nursery rhyme that hints at a yearning for love but reveals something far more unnerving. Ecko Bazz's tough spiralling vocal over sub-bass and devil trap energy is an anthem that can only be bewailed. And Kidane Fighter's tune is more trance-like prayer. These are only some of the highlights for you to shake it out to.

We got to chat with a few of the artists featured on the Music For the Eagles compilation as they took a break from the studio below.

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The 6 Songs You Need to Hear This Week

Featuring Wavy the Creator x WurlD, Epoque, Tems, Silverstone Barz, Kofi Jamar, Olamide x Jaywillz and more

Every week, we highlight the top releases through our best music of the week column.

Here's our round up of the best tracks and music videos that came across our desks, which you can also check out in our Songs You Need to Hear This Week playlists on Spotify and Apple Music.

Follow our SONGS YOU NEED TO HEAR THIS WEEK playlist on Spotify here and Apple Music here.

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