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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.


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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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Interview: How Stogie T’s ‘Freestyle Friday’ Became a TV Show

Freestyle Friday started as lockdown content but is now a fully-fledged TV show on Channel O. In this interview, Stogie T breaks down why the show is revolutionary and talks about venturing into media.

When South Africa was put under a hard lockdown in 2020, Stogie T started Freestyle Friday to "make SA rap again." Freestyle Friday, hosted on Instagram, saw a different cohort of rappers each rap over the same beat picked by the veteran rapper. From niche and emerging rappers to some of the most notable names in South African hip-hop—the likes of AKA, Focalistic, Ginger Trill and several others all participated.

In the last few weeks, however, Freestyle Friday has found its way to cable TV. The show airs every Friday on Channel O, one of the continent's longest-running music TV channels. Freestyle Friday as a TV programme isn't just about freestyles, it's about the art of rapping and the music business, particularly SA hip-hop. Guests range from lyricists to record executives and other personalities aligned with the scene—Ninel Musson and Ms Cosmo for instance.

But Freestyle Friday is only the first media product Stogie T is working on as he is in the process of starting a podcast network, a venture in which he is collaborating with Culture Capital. In the Q&A below, Stogie T breaks down the relationship with Culture Capital, how the show moved from the internet to TV, why it's a revolutionary idea, touches on his venture into media and his future plans.

This interview has been edited for clarity and length.

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