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Serious Klein's Reflective Short Film Unpacks the Challenges of Growing Up

The Ghanaian-German rapper is effortlessly vulnerable in his new experimental project, 'The Seed.'

Ghanaian-born, German-based rapper Serious Klein has been one to watch.

Leading up to the release of his debut album, You Should've Known, the artist dropped The Seed—an introspective, episodic short that was shot on film in Ghana featuring two tracks, "Junior" and "These Days."

In the film, Serious Klein explores the cycle of growing up—including the challenges, transitions and temptation that come along the way. The project was shot over 11 days during the first anniversary of the passing of the artist's father. Featuring his family and friends, the film is reflective of his personal journey exploring life between parental custody, the church and the aim of self-fulfillment.


Serious Klein tells The FADER that it was imperative that the visuals for "Junior" and "These Days" were filmed in Ghana, as he wrote them on the bus from Kumasi to Accra.

"...I went back to Ghana last year for the first time in like 25 years," he says. "I wanted to show the true beauty of Ghana because we have a dope ass community over there."

Take a look at The Seed below.

The Seed is written and directed by Berlin directors collective I AM HERE, produced by Iconoclast, TimeScope and The FADER.

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Michaela Coel Joins the 'Black Panther' Sequel Cast

The upcoming film, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, is shaping up.

The sequel to the Oscar-winning Black Panther is only due to debut in July of 2022, but the production is well on its way.

The latest news out of the camp is that Michaela Coel, of I May Destroy You and Chewing Gum fame, has officially joined the cast of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. Her character details are still under wraps but according to Variety, Coel has already joined director Ryan Coogler at Atlanta's Pinewood Studios, where production started in late June.

Coel joins original cast members Danai Gurira, Letitia Wright, Daniel Kaluuya, Winston Duke, Lupita Nyong'o, Florence Kasumba, and Angela Bassett all reprising their roles. Following the tragic passing of Chadwick Boseman, Marvel reportedly chose not to recast the role of T'Challa.

Read: How Michaela Coel's 'I May Destroy You' Makes Space For Black Creators

"It's clearly very emotional without Chad," Marvel Studios chief Kevin Feige mentions. "But everyone is also very excited to bring the world of Wakanda back to the public and back to the fans. We're going to do it in a way that would make Chad proud."

Michaela Coel's highly-lauded 2020 series I May Destroy You — which she wrote, directed, produced and stared in — received four Emmy nominations.

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is scheduled for wide release on July 8, 2022.

Meet Duro Arts, the Man Behind Your Favorite Afrobeats Album Covers

We talk to the Lagos-based digital artist about his work with Olamide, Phyno, Falz and more.

Duro Arts has found himself illustrating the cover artwork for a new wave of Nigerian musicians. Born in Lagos, Nigeria, Oluwadurotimi Bolaji Idowu started digital art in 2010, at a time where afrobeats music was still grasping its feet. Now, 11 years later, he has made covers for heavyweight hitmakers like Peruzzi, Phyno, Olamide, Zlatan, Oxlade, and Davido.

We caught up with Duro Arts on a Sunday afternoon over Zoom. He took the call from Accra, Ghana, where he's currently working. We talked about his journey as a digital artist, his portfolio, creative process, and the changes he'd like to see in the creative industry.

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