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Upcoming Disney+ TV Series Based on Kingdom of Wakanda

Upcoming Disney+ Series Based on Kingdom of Wakanda

Ryan Coogler is reportedly working on a new television series with Disney+ that is based on 'Black Panther's' Kingdom of Wakanda.

Ryan Coogler is reportedly working a new television series with Disney+. Very few details and specifics have been as yet announced although the upcoming television series will be set in the Kingdom of Wakanda, the fictional country in Coogler's culturally impactful Marvel film, Black Panther. The exciting news comes just a few months after Black Panther star, Chadwick Boseman, passed away in August of last year.


READ: Here's How Nigerians Remembered Chadwick Boseman Online

According to Deadline, Disney recently signed a 5-year deal with Coogler's Proximity Media which will allow the media company to create a number of television productions for divisions within Disney aside from Disney+. Speaking about the collaboration, Coogler says in a statement that "it's an honour to be partnering with The Walt Disney Company." He goes on to add that, "Working with them on Black Panther was a dream come true."

In a press statement released by Disney, the company says:

"Ryan Coogler is a singular storyteller whose vision and range have made him one of the standout filmmakers of his generation. With Black Panther, Ryan brought a groundbreaking story and iconic characters to life in a real, meaningful and memorable way, creating a watershed cultural moment. We're thrilled to strengthen our relationship and look forward to telling more great stories with Ryan and his team."

Coogler is currently working on the sequel to Black Panther following the first film's commercial success across the board. However, following Boseman's death, his character T'Challa will no longer be re-cast in the sequel out of respect for the immensely talented actor and his legacy.

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Hugh Masekela's New York City Legacy

A look back at the South African legend's time in New York City and his enduring presence in the Big Apple.

In Questlove's magnificent documentary, Summer of Soul, he captures a forgotten part of Black American music history. But in telling the tale of the 1969 Harlem Cultural Festival, the longtime musician and first-time filmmaker also captures a part of lost South African music history too.

Among the line-up of blossoming all-stars who played the Harlem festival, from a 19-year-old Stevie Wonder to a transcendent Mavis Staples, was a young Hugh Masekela. 30 years old at the time, he was riding the wave of success that came from releasing Grazing in the Grass the year before. To watch Masekela in that moment on that stage is to see him at the height of his time in New York City — a firecracker musician who entertained his audiences as much as he educated them about the political situation in his home country of South Africa.

The legacy Masekela sowed in New York City during the 1960s remains in the walls of the venues where he played, and in the dust of those that are no longer standing. It's in the records he made in studios and jazz clubs, and on the Manhattan streets where he once posed with a giant stuffed zebra for an album cover. It's a legacy that still lives on in tangible form, too, in the Hugh Masekela Heritage Scholarship at the Manhattan School of Music.

The school is the place where Masekela received his education and met some of the people that would go on to be life-long bandmates and friends, from Larry Willis (who, as the story goes, Masekela convinced to give up opera for piano) to Morris Goldberg, Herbie Hancock and Stewart Levine, "his brother and musical compadre," as Mabusha Masekela, Bra Hugh's nephew says.

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