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Stormzy, John Boyega and More Brought Joy to the 'Black Carpet at ‘Black Panther's’ European Premiere

The stars showed up and showed out for the most anticipated film of the year.

We are officially one week away from the release of the most anticipated film in recent history.

Black Panther is on its way! Following press events in Seoul earlier this week, the cast and crew of the film were in London last night at the Hammersmith Apollo for the official European premiere! Once again, they did not disappoint with their dazzling get ups, displaying black excellence at its finest.


Aside from the film's beautiful cast, some of our favorite artists and actors from across the pond also hit the "black carpet," including grime star Stormzy, John Boyega, Michaela Coel and many others.

We can't get enough of all this black magic. Check out some pics from the event below, and revisit our recap of the film's LA premiere. Enjoy!

Two words: Michaela Coel.

Stormzy was most definitely in the building.

These smiles though.

One of our absolute favorites, Chidera Eggerue, aka the Slumflower came to slay.

The Black Eyed Peas sans-Fergie also made an appearance.

We can't forget the lovely cast and crew. Lord, just look at them.

I think we can all agree that we are beyond ready to see this movie. Black Panther hits theaters February 16.

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EFF Calls Out President Cyril Ramaphosa On Slow COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout

South Africa's opposition party leader, Julius Malema, has demanded that President Cyril Ramaphosa speed up the distribution rate of COVID-19 vaccines.

Julius Malema has reportedly instructed President Cyril Ramaphosa to release South Africa's detailed COVID-19 vaccine rollout strategy. Malema added that his party, the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), would initiate a sit-in at vaccination centres should Ramaphosa fail to share this national vaccination plan by the end of April 2021. This comes after the South African government's last announcement of the vaccine rollout plan two months ago.

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The 11 Songs You Need to Hear This Week

Featuring Wizkid x Tems, Rema, Mdou Moctar, Emtee, Mannywellz x Wale, Tony Allen 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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Akon In Uganda, the Laundering of a Dictatorship

Opinion: By lending his voice to the horrid spectacle underway in Uganda, Akon is in fact endorsing the Museveni regime.

Autocrats across the world have often used artists to sanitize their regime's brutality. One method that has been increasingly employed has been the recruitment of high-profile artists—mainly Western music stars—to work as essential spokespersons for a country's tourism ministry. These artists then work alongside government officials—oftentimes propaganda artists in their own right—to sell a whitewashed image of the country, one that is almost always at odds with realities on the ground.

While the introduction of global celebrities into the authoritarian playbook of reputation laundering is a more recent phenomenon, placing a country's tourism industry front-and-center has long been a go-to tactic to soften a dictatorship's harsh image. The former long-ruling dictator of Zimbabwe, for example, Robert Mugabe, was a trailblazer in this regard. In 2012, he convinced the United Nations World Tourism Organization to appoint him as their international envoy, despite his government's categorically abysmal human rights record.

Years later, Rwanda's strongman, Paul Kagame, signed a multi-million-dollar deal with Arsenal, the popular English football club. For the 2019/2020 season, players sported jerseys with "Visit Rwanda" prominently displayed on their chests and sleeves, all while the country's political opposition, media, and human rights community faced continual decimation through arbitrary detentions, disappearances, extrajudicial executions and alleged state-sanctioned murders.

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South African Rapper 22 Is Serious About Her Craft

The budding musician just released her latest single, aptly titled "I'M THAT GIRL" and accompanied by mad daring visuals.