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Tha Fly Nation Spotlight: Cole King

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Tha Fly Nation's 'Spotlight' section is a new column we have constructed here to shine the light on emerging acts in the industry, all while introducing our viewers (new & frequent) to these artists.

Our first Spotlight features Cole King (formerly known as Dao Jones), an Upstate New York-bred producer/rapper.  The name may look familiar to many as Cole King is a Tha Fly Nation: Hype alumni, he was featured in our The Hype Volume 2 mixtape, and has been a stable feature on our blog for the past couple of years.  Cole was raised in the historically rich Saratoga Springs section of Upstate New York in a five-kid home that inlcuded his younger brother (producer Frank Drake) and three sisters, at a young age their parents instilled the children traditional values hardwork, humbledness, and proper grammar.  Cole began to experiment with music in the early middle school stages, citing that he “developed an early infatuation for hip-hop and occassionally wrote his own verses just for fun.”  However, it was not until 8th grade that he started letting other people listen to these verses, his choice of platform to record these verses were his friend's karoake machine in a basement.  When Cole's family got their first iMac computer, the rest was history as he started to delve into recording and production software, purchased his first microphone and keyboard, and eventually began independently creating his own original work.  The apple did not fall too far from the tree, Cole's father also wrote and performed original music on his grand piano everynight in their household.

Two years ago, Cole King released his self-produced (with additional production from Luke Moellman and Frank Drake100 Years, under the moniker Dao Joneson this LP Cole showcased his production skills as well as his penmanship.  With catchy songs like “I Need It“, socially-conscious tracks like “Dead End,” and also tracks for the ladies like “Panties Hit The Floor,” where Cole showcases his ability to hold a melody good enough to construct the perfect song.  Versatility from artists is not as common as it should be, however Cole King is very versatile when it comes to curating music.

Now, after two years and a name-change, Dao Jones Cole King is back with new material.  While prepping for a new project, tentatively scheduled for a summer time release date, Cole is hitting fans over with loosies to hold em off until then.  You can peep the new joints on the playlist below.  

The traditional values instilled in Cole as a youngin' are still very relevant in his present life, and if you compare his first LP to the material he is letting loose nowadays you can tell.  With tracks like his take over Erykah Badu's “Phone Down” shows that he can branch out and dip into different sounds and showcase his versatility, and “Vinny Potts” where he comes into his own and continues to showcase his penmanship and growth as an artist.

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Why Did Michaela Coel Walk Away From a $1 Million Dollar Deal with Netflix?

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Michaela Coel, the star of HBO’s hit series I May Destroy You had to decline Netflix’s $1 million offer after the streaming giant refused to allow her to retain “at least 5 percent of her rights” for the show.

Coel’s success in the U.S. is largely credited to Netflix. The streamer was the U.S. distributor of Coel’s acclaimed comedy series Chewing Gum. Netflix also housed a feature musical titled Been So Long in which Coel was the lead, as well as the drama series Black Earth Rising. Coel also starred in an Emmy-winning episode of Black Mirror, also distributed by Netflix. So, naturally, Coel’s history with the streaming platform made it the premier destination for her new project. After a short negotiation with a Netflix executive, however, Coel had to find a different home for I May Destroy You in order to maintain ownership of the series.

According to Vulture, Coel recalled that Netflix made her a $1 million offer for I May Destroy You in spring 2017 but she turned it down. Why? The streamer wouldn’t allow her to retain any percentage of the copyright. Coel even discontinued her relationship with CAA after it “tried to push her to take the deal”.

I May Destry You is based on Coel’s personal experience of being sexually assaulted during the making of Chewing Gum. At the age of 32, Coel is in full creative control of the series as its showrunner, director, star, and writer. She wrote all 12 episodes and co-directed nine, stars as a young writer Arabella struggling to come to terms and process a recent assault.

The series is now streaming on HBO.

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Ava DuVernay and Whoopi Goldberg Elected to The Academy’s Board of Governors

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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has just elected members to its 2020-2021 Board of Governors. Among the six newly elected governors are director Ava DuVernay. EGOT winner Whoopi Goldberg has been re-elected for a second three-year term.

For those not familiar with the work of the Board of Governors, here is a breakdown of how it works and what it does.

Per Oscars official website, The Board of Governors directs the Academy’s strategic vision, preserves the organization’s financial health and assures the fulfillment of its mission.

Governors attend 6-8 board meetings annually (in person or by video). Each Governor also serves on one board oversight committee and their branch’s executive committee, and they are expected to represent their branch at numerous Academy events through the year.

The Academy has a total of 18 branches, including the actors branch and directors branch, where Goldberg and DuVernay will serve. Each branch is represented by three governors who are elected for three-year terms.

Since the #OscarSoWhite campaign in 2015, the Academy has been making efforts to increase diversity across the board. After the most recent election, out of 54 governors, the number of female Academy governors increased from 25 to 26, and people of color increased from 11 to 12.

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‘The Old Guard’ Trailer: Kiki Layne and Chitewel Ejiofor Star in Netflix’s Upcoming Action Flick

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The streaming giant premiered the new poster for its upcoming action-packed film The Old Guard with Charlize Theron, Kiki Layne, Marwan Kenzari, Luca Marinelli, Harry Melling, Van Veronica Ngo, Matthias Schoenaerts and Chiwetel Ejiofor.

Based on the comic book of the same name from Greg Rucka and Leandro Fernandez, The Old Guard tells the story of a group of centuries-old immortals with a supernatural ability to heal. They are forced to hide their identities to save the world. The order of things gets disrupted when they discover that another immortal has “awakened”.

If Beale Street Could Talk star plays Nile Freeman, the new immortal and a U.S. Marine, recruited by Andy (Theron), the leader of the covert group of tight-knit mercenaries. Nile discovers her supernatural powers after being killed on a mission in the Middle East.

Charlize Theron as Andy, Kiki Layne as Nile

Ejiofor plays Copley, a CIA operative and historian who has figured out the identities of the secret group.

Chiwetel Ejiofor as Copley

The superhero film is directed by Love and Basketball‘s Gina Prince-Bythewood and is set to premiere on Friday, July 10.

Watch the official trailer below.

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