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Youngest Executive Producer in Hollywood Marsai Martin

African-American teen actress and singer, Marsai Martin, notable for her role as Diane Johnson in the popular comedy series Black-ish, made history in 2019 when she became the youngest Black executive producer in Hollywood. Marsai Martin’s film, Little, which is based on original ideas from the teen actress but inspired by the movie Big, helped her ink her name in the history books.

”After the Season 1 finale of Black-ish, we told Kenya Barris about it, and he called Will [Packer] and said: ‘Yo, you know the girl who plays Diane on Black-ish? She has this dope idea!,”blackhistory.com quoted the teen actress.

Martin’s experience as a teen actress on Black-ish and the inspiration from one of her favourite movies, Big, which she viewed at the age of 10 helped her materialise the idea. Little tells the story of a woman who, when the pressures of adulthood become too much to bear, gets the chance to relive the carefree life of her younger self. The film, which had a production budget of $20 million, grossed $40.7 million in box offices in the U.S. and Canada, and $48.8 million worldwide.

Source:  Briefly.co.za

Who Is Gil Scott-Heron?

Who Is Gil Scott-Heron? has been re-released to coincide with the 10th anniversary of Gil’s album, I’m New Here.

https://xl.ffm.to/imnewhere Directed by Jane Pollard and Iain Forsyth. A word from the directors: “In 2010, Gil Scott-Heron made his first album in 16 years, ‘I’m New Here’, on XL Recordings. We directed the video for the title track and got to know Gil a little around then. Sadly, he died the following year. A few years later Richard Russell from XL suggested making a film. Gil left behind a body of work that has influenced writers, academics and musicians. He’s been called ‘the godfather of rap’ and ‘the black Bob Dylan’ and his words have influenced every generation of hip-hop. This film isn’t about that Gil. It’s a portrait seen through the eyes of those who loved Gil, his friends, his family, and the musicians he played with. This is the Gil we met, the places he took us to see, and the people whose lives were changed by him.”

The Dreamer

J. Cole & Puma – The DREAMER Credits Agency: Dreamville Directors: Amber Grace Johnson, J. Cole, Scott Lazer Executive Producer: Justin Benoliel Producer: Whitney Jackson Production company: Object & Animal Director of Photography: Danny Hiele Editor: Roberta Spitz Colorist: Joseph Bicknell Labi Siffre – My Song Composer: Labi Siffre Licensed courtesy of Demon Music Group Ltd. Billy Joel – Vienna Composer: Billy Joel Connect with J. Cole: https://www.instagram.com/realcoleworld/ https://twitter.com/jcolenc https://www.facebook.com/JColeMusic/

Voodoo Wrestling is Empowering Women in The Congo

Catch Fétiche — loosely translated, “voodoo wrestling” — is a uniquely Congolese fighting style: a combination of traditional African wrestling moves, old religious practices, and one man’s obsession with Hulk Hogan.

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Breathtaking Look at the Man Who Climbed Everest 21 Times

Every spring, Mount Everest draws in people from around the world to conquer its peak. Despite the riches surrounding the highest point on Earth, the Sherpa people who live in its shadow remain poor with few educational opportunities. One man hoping to change this reality is Apa Sherpa, a child of the Khumbu and world-record holder for summiting Everest. Like many before him, Apa Sherpa was pulled from home at the age of 12 to work on the mountain as a high-altitude porter. Now, the Apa Sherpa Foundation is working to create a different future for the children of Nepal. As Apa says, “without education we have no choice.” ➡ Subscribe: http://bit.ly/NatGeoSubscribe ➡ Get More Short Film Showcase: http://bit.ly/ShortFilmShowcase About Short Film Showcase: The Short Film Showcase spotlights exceptional short videos created by filmmakers from around the web and selected by National Geographic editors. We look for work that affirms National Geographic’s belief in the power of science, exploration, and storytelling to change the world. The filmmakers created the content presented, and the opinions expressed are their own, not those of National Geographic Partners. See more from National Geographic’s Short Film Showcase at http://documentary.com Get More National Geographic: Official Site: http://bit.ly/NatGeoOfficialSite Facebook: http://bit.ly/FBNatGeo Twitter: http://bit.ly/NatGeoTwitter Instagram: http://bit.ly/NatGeoInsta About National Geographic: National Geographic is the world’s premium destination for science, exploration, and adventure. Through their world-class scientists, photographers, journalists, and filmmakers, Nat Geo gets you closer to the stories that matter and past the edge of what’s possible. Breathtaking Look at the Man Who Climbed Everest 21 Times | Short Film Showcase https://youtu.be/R3VMW6fxK6Y National Geographic https://www.youtube.com/natgeo

La Negrada Movie Trailer

Long-neglected and discriminated by governments and societies across Latin America, Afro-Latino communities have slowly begun to gain visibility in cinema. Films like Venezuela’s Pelo Malo, Puerto Rico’s Ángelica, Colombia’s La Playa D.C., or the Dominican Republic’s Sand Dollars, represent important vehicles towards starting the overdue conversation about race in the region.

In Mexico, where classism is deeply tied to racism Afro-Mexicans represent one percent of the total population, but they are not recognized as an official ethnic group. Addressing the unjust treatment towards this segment of the citizenry, director Jorge Pérez Solano (who previously directed La tirisia), has just released La Negrada – hailed as the first Mexican fiction movie portraying the country’s black population.

Shot entirely in small towns throughout Oaxaca’s Costa ChicaLa Negrada employed local non-professional actors to tell the story of two women, Juana and Magdalena, romantically involved with the same man, Neri.

The official trailer begins with a Mexican immigration official asking one of the story’s protagonists about her nationality, solely based on her skin color. “You are not Mexican right? Where are you from negra?” he tells her. A title card reminds us, “There are Mexicans that nobody sees.” What ensues is a series of ethereal vignettes by the ocean emphasizing the paradisiacal beaches and the Afro-Mexicans’ daily lives spent fishing and processing what they caught.

Luminous underwater sequences and scenic sunsets are paired with the off-center framing of subjects in multiple shots, which are in turn accentuated by softened natural light. Rather than summarizing the plot, the clip is more concerned with flaunting its visual attributes. Not for nothing did it win the cinematography award at the 2018 Guadalajara International Film Festival. Based on this preview, La Negrada also flirts with the documentary genre, as we occasionally see characters directly address the camera.

Sonically, the trailer adds a thematic bonus with the song “El Zanate” by Bertín y Su Condesa. Its title refers to the black-feathered Mexican grackle, and the lyrics have the bird confess he is hated because of the color of his plumage. Such a fitting track speaks volumes about the underlying alienation Afro-Mexicans feel in their own homeland.

The release of the film in Mexico has not come without controversy. Several organizations – such as Mexico Negro, Huella Negra, and Afrodescendencias en Mexico – put out a statement denouncing the director’s use of the word “savage” in an interview with a national newspaper to describe Afro-Mexicans. They also contend that the drama peddles stereotypes about blacks. One can only hope their concerns will be heard.

La Negrada opened theatrically in Mexico City on August 10. It screens in Washington DC as part of African Diaspora International Film Festival on August 18.

Source – RemezCla 

Street Gods Pt 2 NEW YORK UNDERGROUND CAR SCENE

Street racing in New York City has never been legal, but drivers with no access to a drag strip or track within the 5 boroughs or the surrounding cities in the tri-state continue to elude the police while shutting down highways to hold races. In part 2 of our 4 part series Street Gods, VICE’s cameras gain access to New York City’s underground street racing circuit.

Street Gods : NY Underground Car Scene | DOC

Car meets were once the first step in making a name for yourself in New York’s underground street racing circles. Now, car clubs like the Mpireboyz are using them as a space to legitimize and promote talented drivers and dirt bike riders from NYC. VICE’s cameras follow car clubs and drivers from Queens and Brooklyn as they work to legitimize New York City’s emerging car culture against opposition from the NYPD.