Here’s everything you need to know before you head into the weekend.
Black Panther has made a splash across the pond. The film’s U.K. and Ireland debuts beat the opening days of Marvel Studios’ own Thor: Ragnarok and Doctor Strange, as well as 20th Century Fox’s Deadpool, and is the highest-grossing single day opener at the U.K. box office in 2018. (Express)
Ethiopia Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn has resigned. His resignation comes as a surprise amid years of unrest and anti-government protests. In a televised address, Desalegn stated his resignation was “vital in the bid to carry out reforms that would lead to sustainable peace and democracy.” (BBC)
Kendrick Lamar and TDE bought out three theaters in Los Angeles to give children the opportunity to see Black Panther. Children from the Watts housing projects will be able to see the film this Saturday. While kids from the Nickerson Gardens, Jordan Downs and Imperial Courts Projects can go to their housing offices to grab tickets for the screening. (The Fader)
Lamar also dropped the video for “King’s Dead” on Thursday. The single is from the Black Panther soundtrack and features Future, Jay Rock and James Blake. (YouTube)
Kanye West has deleted his Instagram. Seems the rapper only reactivated his account to wish his wife, Kim Kardashian a Happy Valentine’s Day. (Billboard)
The Recording Academy plans to address gender disparity by creating a task force “to review every aspect of what we do to ensure that our commitment to diversity is reflected in our organization and community.” The decision comes after many music executives called out Recording Academy president, Neil Portnow, for telling women in music to “step up.” (Billboard)
Beyoncé and Elton John are working on a song for The Lion King remake. John opened up about the collaboration during a recent interview, adding that he’d gotten a glimpse of the upcoming film, “I’ve seen a little bit of the opening of it, which is amazing.” (The Sun)
For the last time, Oprah Winfrey is not running for president. The media mogul confirmed the news, telling 60 Minutes Overtime correspondent Ann Silvio, “It’s not in my DNA.” (CBS)
Bobsled medalist Aja Evans took a break from Olympic training to catch Black Panther and honestly we don’t blame her. (PEOPLE)
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