If You Don’t Know, Now You Know: Frank Ocean, SXSW, ‘Buffy The Vampire Slayer’ & more!

1. Frank Ocean Surprises us with single, “Chanel”

Frank Ocean didn’t stray too far after his album drop in August of 2016. Since then, he’s been peaking in and out of social media to share his views on current events and surprised us on a collaborative song by Calvin Harris called “Slide” featuring Migos. On Friday night, his new single “Chanel” premiered exclusively and looped via his new Beats1 radio show, Blonded. The surprise single is crammed with flowing melodies and a lot of tweetable one-liners. We even got a remix with A$AP Rocky! Check out “Chanel” below!

 

2. Avatar is delayed…again!

For the fourth time since the birth of its production, the sequel to Avatar will be delayed. Director, James Cameron, announced the news of the blockbuster film’s postponement. According to Cameron, in an interview with the Toronto Star, “So, we’re not making an Avatar 2. We’re a making an Avatar 2,3,4, and 5. It’s an epic undertaking. So, I know where I’ll be for the next 8 years.” In the mean time, there will be an Avatar theme park opening at Disney World on May 27th of this year.

3. Killer Mike was honored for his service in home state, Georgia

Hip-Hop veteran and 1/2 of Run the Jewels, Killer Mike, has been honored by the Georgia senate for his outstanding leadership in working to make things righteous and equal in his home state. Acting as an ambassador for many causes, he’s used his Grammy nominated platform to bring issues to the forefront–having managed to shed major light on the value and importance of water. This also led to the creation of “Driller Mike”–a 5 million dollar drill created in his honor to create a new water reservoir. And as expected, he accepted his award in the most Killer Mike fashion, wearing his infamous chain.

4. Buffy The Vampire Slayer Turns 20!

Speaking of women who kick ass, on March 10th, Buffy the Vampire Slayer turned 20 years old this year! Not only did the teenage vampire slayer pave the way for many of our women heroines in fiction today, the show was also way before it’s time. Beyond the amounts of slay–all pun intended–in the show, Buffy was a reflection of coming-of-age in womanhood in the ’90s and 2000s. Buffy the Vampire Slayer blended and bent genres, creating a versatile crossovers within television genres. There’s no secret as to how this show remained relevant for two decades. What a way to be remembered!

5. SXSW has begun!

Finally, SXSW has begun! The creative driven event kicked off on March 10th and will end on March 19th. As always, it’ll be loaded with tons conferences, festivals, fairs and networking opportunities. Some musical guests to expect are: 24hrs, A$AP Ferg, Banks, Nebu Keniza, Ari Lennox, Gucci Mane and so much more! To keep up with the array of events, check out the schedule of events here!

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