Marvel’s upcoming superhero film Black Panther has it all. Whether it’s character development, departure from the comics, gratuitous erasure or bad ass villains, nothing can dim our excitement to watch Marvel’s first African super hero save the world.
Kenyan actress Lupita Nyong’o has called out Grazia magazine for retouching her hair on the cover of their November edition. In a post she wrote: “I embrace my natural heritage and despite having grown up thinking light skin and straight, silky hair were the standards of beauty, I now know that my dark skin and kinky, coily hair are beautiful too.”
Seven Nickelodeon cartoons and a substantial number of films later we are still in awe of Kenya Film and Classification Board head Dr. Ezekiel Mutua’s zero tolerance as he extends his censorship power to Disney’s show Andi Mack and “Gay Lions” in the Maasai Mara.
Veteran South African actress, and activist Lillian Dube who has graced the TV screen since the 1980s has been awarded with an honorary doctorate degree by the Tshwane University of Technology, DTech (Honoris Causa) Drama & Film Production. In a remarkable and inspirational tale, the woman who once worked as a tea lady in a furniture factory was honoured for her outstanding contribution to South African performing arts. Congratulations on the award.
The family of South African sprint runner Oscar Pistorius is taking legal action against cable channel Lifetime over “Blade Runner Killer” a film about the athlete’s murder of his late girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp. The movie was made without the consultation of the Steenkamp and Pistorius families. Pistorius was convicted of murder and sentenced to six years’ imprisonment for the crime.
South African actress Thuso Mbedu has been nominated for the 2017 International Emmy Award for the best performance by an actress. She is the only African nominated. Congratulations Thuso, the whole continent is rooting for you.
The preference that Africans have for foreign media is not immediately obvious, but a closer look at what we consume through our pay-television channels across the continent shows that we have developed a taste for Western portrayals of reality – including of ourselves, says Caleb Ajinomoh.
Kemi Adetiba is a director from Lagos, who directed one of the most sought after Nigerian movies in 2016, ‘The Wedding Party’ and created the online series “King Woman” an online source of mentorship and inspiration for women by women. Kemi has set a two to five year target to win an Oscar. We are rooting for Kemi on the endeavour.