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If You're Still Missing 'Chewing Gum,' Don't Fret, Michaela Coel Has Two New Netflix Projects In the Works

Michaela Coel is working on two top-secret projects for Netflix, reports Screen Daily.

We're still not over the fact that Chewing Gum may never return for a third season either, but it seems like our girl Michaela Coel plans to hold us down with two upcoming projects set to premiere on Netflix.


According to a recent profile on the British-Ghanaian show runner in Screen Daily's 'Stars of Tomorrow 2017,' Coel is currently developing two new projects for the streaming service.

The profile reads:

Coel is now shooting the first of two top-secret projects for Netflix. The first is a drama with the BBC that is in production until December, while the second is a dark comedy Coel is writing, directing and producing, and in which she will also star. It will shoot in London.

Coel is also set to star in her first feature-length film, Been So Longan upcoming musical and love story set in the vibrant streets of Camden.

In the profile, the multitalented actress also shares the motivation behind her work:

I enjoy being part of incredibly well-written scripts that are pushing boundaries in terms of our perception of women and of ethnic minorities but not hammering it home," the actress explains. “In order to do that, the story has got to come from the soul and the heart of the writer. That's very important to me.

You can read Coel's full profile in Screen Daily, here.

Details about when the the two projects will drop haven't arrived yet, but, honestly, we're just excited about the prospect of seeing more Michael Coel on our screens. No complaints here!

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South African hip-hop artist Ranks ATM on his latest EP 'Substance Music', working with Riky Rick and his crew African Trap Movement's new chapter.

Ranks ATM demands to be taken seriously. With every successive release, listeners are bound to pick up on both his personal and artistic growth. His latest EP, Substance Music, released towards the end of 2020, is an honest body of work that sees the artist divulge some aspects of his life while remaining playful and entertaining.

Young2unn, who produced a majority of the project, gave Ranks ATM beats that primarily consist of keys and strings cushioned by atmospheric pads and ethereal vocal samples panned for effect. The music is soulful enough for Ranks to tell his story and gritty enough to maintain his street aesthetic.

On Substance Music, the artist strikes the balance between playful banter and poignant expression of emotions. It's what makes his raps believable in general—he presents himself as a complete human who feels pain at times but also feels himself. Songs such as "Die For Me" and "How Could It Be" are laced with specific details that could have only been extracted from his life experiences, for instance, on the former, he raps, "You cheated on me with a gym freak, you did me dirty."

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