Literature
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Tomi Adeyemi Shares Release Date for Sequel to 'Children of Blood and Bone'

We won't have to wait much longer!

The sequel to Nigerian-American author Tomi Adeyemi's best-selling young adult novel, Children of Blood and Bone is on its way, and we can't wait.

Children of Blood and Bone, which has spent 44 weeks on the New York Time's Best Seller list, pulls on Yoruba cultural themes and follows the adventures of 17-year-old Zélie Adebola, a brave young girl on a mission to restore magic to the nation of Orisha.

READ: Tomi Adeyemi on Writing the Best and Blackest Fantasy Novel of the Year


The 25-year-old writer shared the news via Instagram, alerting fans that the highly-anticipated novel, Children Of Virtue And Vengeance will hit shelves on June 4 of this year.

She recently spoke with InStyle about the novel's success. "This was the story I dreamed of having as a girl and it's immensely personal, so it still blows my mind the way it's being embraced by the entire world," says Adeyemi.

When speaking about the upcoming sequel, she added:

I can't wait for people to meet the new characters, experience the new magic, and dive deeper into the enchanting world of Orïsha. I've had so much fun writing this story, so I can't wait to share it with everyone else!

Prior to the release of her debut novel, Adeyemi landed a six-figure movie deal from Fox Studios to turn her book into a feature-film. We spoke with the talented young writer last April about the Nigerian themes in her book, colorism, asserting the power of blackness in fantasy and more, revisit our conversation here.



Music
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Wizkid, Tems, Black Coffee & More Nominated For 2022 Grammy Awards

See the full list of African artists honored during Tuesday's nomination ceremony.

Next year's Grammy nominations are in and Africa showed up and out!

The 64th annual Grammy music awards are on the horizon, and Tuesday's nomination ceremony covered a lot of ground within the music industry. Not surprisingly, Wizkid's Made In Lagos (Deluxe) received a nod for Best Global Music album, with the stellar and globally adorned track "Essence" featuring Nigeria's Tems being nominated for Best Global Music Performance. Nigerian favorites Femi and Made Kuti's joint project Legacy+ received a nomination under the Best Global Music Album category.

Other notable nods include; Beninese singer-songwriter Angélique Kidjo's collaboration with Nigerian powerhouse Burna Boy, as well her performance with American cellist Yo-Yo Ma received under the Global Music Performance category. South Africa's Black Coffee's album Subconsciously made its mark within the Best Dance/Electronic Music Album category with his own nomination, and Ghanaian artist Rocky Dawuni under Best Global Music Album.

The music ceremony will be hosted in Los Angeles, US on January 31 2022 and we're excited to see who snags the highly coveted awards during next year's ceremony. In the meantime, let us know on Twitter who you're excited to see perform.

Keep scrolling to see the full list of African artists nominated for next year's Grammy award ceremony.

Check out the full list of nominees here.

Best Global Music Performance

"Mohabbat," Arooj Aftab

"Do Yourself," Angelique Kidjo and Burna Boy

"Pà Pá Pà," Femi Kuti

"Blewu," Yo-Yo Ma and Angelique Kidjo

"Essence," Wizkid featuring Tems

Best Global Music Album

"Voice Of Bunbon, Vol. 1," Rocky Dawuni

"East West Players Presents: Daniel Ho and Friends Live in Concert," Daniel Ho and Friends

"Mother Nature," Angelique Kidjo

"Legacy +," Femi Kuti and Made Kuti

"Made In Lagos: Deluxe Edition," Wizkid

Best Dance/Electronic Music Album

"Subconsciously," Black Coffee

"Fallen Embers," Illenium

"Music Is the Weapon (Reloaded)," Major Lazer

"Shockwave," Marshmello

"Free Love," Sylvan Esso

"Judgement," Ten City

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