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Trevor Noah, 'Black Panther' and More Are Honored at the Prestigious 50th NAACP Image Awards

"The power of this moment to us really feels like the power of Pan-Africanism," Danai Gurira says at the ceremony.

The NAACP Image Awards is one of the few premiere cultural moments that celebrates to accomplishments of people of color in television, music, literature, film and social justice. In its 50th year, the awards ceremony went down this past weekend at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, honoring notables who won awards based on public audience votes.

This year's nominees was only a peek into how the African diaspora has continued to build, connect and be recognized for their efforts in telling more stories that reflect our diversity as a global black community.

"The power of this moment to us really feels like the power of Pan-Africanism," Danai Gurira says, while joining the Black Panther cast stage as they swept the awards ceremony that evening. "The beauty of this project is that we as a diaspora made this film successful—and we're just getting started as a diaspora—we're just getting started."

Take a look at some winners of note below.

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Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Just Celebrated a Goal By Putting On the Black Panther Mask

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Arsenal played their second leg game against Rennes in the Europa League today, in which the Gunners looked to turn things around and pass on to the next round.

The star of the match turned out to be Gabonese striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang who netted two goals in the Thursday night match at the Emirates.

The real highlight for most though was his celebration after scoring Arsenal's third goal of the night.

Around the 72nd second minute, Aubamayeng tapped a cross from the left into the goal and proceeded to (somehow) pull out a Black Panther mask for his celebration.

He immediately put the mask the mask on and even pulled out the Wakanda Forever salute to boot. He got booked, of course, but who cares.

Best celebration of the season? Likely so.

Check it out below.

Read: 10 Incredible Things About 'Black Panther' You Might Have Missed

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Trevor Noah's 'Great Xhosa Phrase' at the Oscars Was Very On Brand

You'd want to know what he really said—we're here for it.

Trevor Noah just gave us the comedic relief we didn't know we needed during the Oscars.

While presenting the montage for "Best Picture" nominee Black Panther, Noah touched on the "universal appeal" of the Marvel story while throwing shade at those who really believe Wakanda is a real place, greeting him with "Wakanda Forever."

"Growing up as a young boy in Wakanda, I would see T'Challa flying over our village, and he would remind me of a great Xhosa phrase," he says, "'Abelungu abazi' uba ndiyaxoka'—which means, 'In times like these, we are stronger when we fight together than when we try to fight apart."

Thing is—that's not what the phrase means.

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Still from 'The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind.' Photo by Ilze Kitshoff, courtesy of Sundance Institute.

The 'Africa In the Media' Study Shows How Africans are Misrepresented in American Television

The new report from the Africa Narrative Project found that Africans are still grossly underrepresented in American television programming.

What does it mean for Africans to be fully and truly represented in the media? For many folks of African decent that question remains painfully unanswered.

An extensive new report from the Africa Narrative project, from the University of Southern California's Norman Lear Center, seeks to provide understanding around the current state of African representation in US media, and identify ways to ensure a "richer telling of Africa's story."

The groups' "Africa in the Media" report is a thorough and timely study that confirms a lack of meaningful storytelling in television news and entertainment, which reflect the ways many Africans see themselves. Their findings show that Africa continues to be both underrepresented and misrepresented in the American media landscape.

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