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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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News of Kenneth David Kaunda's passing, at age 97, has reverberated across the globe. Kaunda, affectionately known as KK, was Zambia's first President from 1964 to 1991.

Following Nelson Mandela's passing in December 2013, Kenneth Kaunda became Africa's last standing hero. Now with his passing on Thursday, June 17 — after being admitted to the Maina Soko Military Hospital in Lusaka earlier in the week — this signals the end of Africa's liberation history chapter.

It is tempting to make saints out of the departed. The former Zambian struggle hero did many great things. He was, after all, one of the giants of the continent's struggle against colonialism. Ultimately however, he was a human being. And as with all humans, he lived a complicated and colourful life.

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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.

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Black Motion Release New Single ‘Xxikiwawa’

Stream Black Motion's new single 'Xxikiwawa'.

South African house music duo Black Motion have finally released their single "Xxikiwawa". Featuring DJ Fortee, Lady Du, Pholoso and DJ Khosto, the song is the duo's first single since the release of their 2020 album The Healers: Last Chapter.

As usual, Lady Du's kwaito-style raps and chants take centre stage as she rhymes about hustling and trusting in the elders to answer our prayers. She ends her verse with a Brenda Fassie interpolation: "Indaba i-straight ayidingi i-ruler."

In trademark Black Motion fashion, the song is built on big drums and prominent percussion panned to give way for vocals but still managing to dominate.

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