HBO’s sci-fi horror series Lovecraft Country relives the Jim Crow era
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Arts and Culture HBO’s sci-fi horror series Lovecraft Country relives the Jim Crow era

Lovecraft Country, a must watch landmark show is a story which grapples with America’s troubled past and present, a binary opposite defined relationship of us versus them is pitted throughout the narrative, be it law enforcement vis-à-vis policing and white American supremacy in the fray. It can be read as an allegory for the Black American horror reality.

Netflix’s Cook Off – An authentically Zimbabwean no-budget romcom which can reinvigorate the film industry
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Arts and Culture Netflix’s Cook Off – An authentically Zimbabwean no-budget romcom which can reinvigorate the film industry

A pulsating, multi-layered, engaging narrative, endowed with that infectious Zimbabwean sensibility, with a mix of mbira music playing in the background; interspersed with the familiar high-rise Harare buildings iconography, the dusty streets of Budiriro high density suburb, Cook Off feels authentic to the Zimbabwean experience.

Michelle Obama’s Netflix documentary ‘Becoming’ — a towering portrait of a phenomenal woman
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Arts and Culture Michelle Obama’s Netflix documentary ‘Becoming’ — a towering portrait of a phenomenal woman

Becoming, review: Michelle Obama’s inspirational and poignant Netflix documentary — Becoming shows us at close quarters the minutiae traits of an exceptional woman. The eclectic film tells us her story and underlines Michelle’s charisma, and ability to connect with diverse people, regardless of race, class, gender or differing backstories.

Charlie Brooker’s Black Mirror: Fluid identities – life beyond virtual reality
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Arts and Culture Charlie Brooker’s Black Mirror: Fluid identities – life beyond virtual reality

Virtual sex, techno-paranoia, the cyber city, second life, social media culture, sexual identity politics and debating the online self – these themes are a sure indication that Black Mirror, the anthology television series created by Charlie Brooker, highlights key themes pertinent to our 21st century psyche and merits scholarly attention, writes Andrew Chatora

Meghan Markle and Identity Politics – When Racist Trolls Become the New Normal
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African identities Meghan Markle and Identity Politics – When Racist Trolls Become the New Normal

Online age, the bane of social media platforms; 4chan, 8chan among others where public figures gets lampooned, at the click of a button. Meghan Markle has been at the receiving end of unprecedented visceral abuse, fuelled in part by racism and negative media coverage. Time to introspect and look into our global consciousness, writes Andrew Chatora.