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This Deleted 'Black Panther' Scene Reveals New Details About W'Kabi and Okoye's Relationship

Danai Gurira and Daniel Kaluuya deliver striking performances in this newly released scene, introduced by Ryan Coogler.

We're still not over Black Panther and we likely won't ever be—when we say "Wakanda forever," we really mean it.

A new clip from USA Today takes us back to the beautiful, technologically advanced nation with a deleted scene that introduces new details into the storyline. Introduced by Ryan Coogler, the clip gives a glimpse into the relationship between Daniel Kaluuya's character W'Kabi and Danai Gurira's character Okoye—who we also learn are married. Coogler describes the scene as one he "was incredibly proud of as a director but didn't work inside of the confines of our film."


The 2-minute scene, which takes place in the Tribal Council Room, shows a confrontation between the couple as they react to T'Challa being overthrown by Killmonger. In it Okoye questions W'Kabi's loyalty to the King given how unfazed he seemed by his presumed death. W'Kabi then reveals that he still holds a burning resentment about T'Challa's failure to successfully capture Klaue—the man who murdered his mother and father.

The scene highlights Kaluuya and Gurira's killer acting chops as they both deliver strikingly powerful performances. Though we certainly think this scene should've made the the final cut, we're just glad we get to experience it now.

Ryan Coogler recently sat down for a talk entitled "From Page To Screen: A Black Panther Discussion with Writers and Filmmakers" and shared how his trip to the continent influenced Black Panther. Check it out via The Grio, and watch the standout deleted scene above.

Black Panther will be releases on Blu-ray and DVD on May 15. For more on Africa's undeniable influence on the film, revisit our talk with the director which took place ahead of its premiere in February.

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Dying Lagoons Reveal Mexico’s Environmental Racism

In the heart of a traditionally Black and Indigenous use area in Southwest Mexico, decades of environmental destruction now threatens the existence of these communities.

On an early morning in September 2017, in a little fishing village in the Pacific coast of Oaxaca, called Zapotalito, thousands of dead fish floated on the surface of the Chacahua-Pastoría lagoons. A 7.1-magnitude earthquake, which rattled Mexico City on September 19, was felt as far down as Zapotalito, and the very next morning, its Black, Indigenous and poor Mestizo residents, who depend on the area's handful of lagoons for food and commerce, woke up to an awful smell and that terrible scene of floating fish.

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Watch Focalistic & Vigro Deep’s New Music Video For ‘Ke Star’

The 'Lockdown Level 1 anthem' has come to life through fire visuals.

South African artist Focalistic has released a music video to accompany his hit single, "Ke Star" featuring Vigro Deep.

The rising artist continues solidifying his place with his effortless skill of blending his hip-hop roots with a love for amapiano.

South Africans certainly loved it enough to let it into their homes. Social media users quickly began sharing videos of themselves dancing away their lockdown woes to "Ke Star," helping share the track all over the world.

Directed by Steezus in Focalistic's childhood stomping ground, Ga-Rankuwa, Zone 2, the artist mentions: "The video was to try to explain the song in its fullest form and more importantly tell a genuine South African story. We're pushing a movement and there has to be visual representation." He certainly is representing the nation with pride.


Watch the music video for "Ke Star" here.


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The 9 Songs You Need to Hear This Week

Featuring Olamide, Nasty C, Davido, Mr Eazi x Nicki Minaj and more.

Every week, we highlight the cream of the crop in music 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, Apple Music here and YouTube Music here

Check out all of OkayAfrica's playlists on Spotify and Apple Music.

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Listen to Alicia Keys & Diamond Platnumz’ New Song ‘Wasted Energy’

The Tanzanian music icon and American star team up on the track from her new album, ALICIA.