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WarChild: A Short Film About Soweto Boxer Rofhiwa Maemu

WarChild is a short film about Soweto boxer Rofhiwa Maeumi from Johannesburg's 3Quarter Pictures (I See A Different You).


WarChild takes us on the emotional journey of a champion-in-waiting. Rofhiwa Maemu, a South African boxer from Pimville, is an up-and-comer ranking in the top ten nationally. Currently residing in Soweto, Maemu has been working tirelessly towards professional fighting without access to a gym, a coach, or sponsorship. Though short, WarChild is a beautifully shot exploration into the dedication and unbreakable will of a young man, unknown to many, but determined to be a formidable force.

The film is the first of such creative pieces from Johannesburg's 3Quarter Pictures, a production company started by I See A Different You. For those not familiar with the Soweto-based trio comprised of twins Fhatuwani and Rendani Muhkeli and their good friend Vuyo Mpantsha, I See A Different You is a powerful creative force transforming the visual narratives of Soweto and cities across the continent. They're also known for their impeccable sense of style and were featured most notably on Diesel + Edun's Studio Africa campaign last year. It is their eye for the unusual and the untold story that drove them to create 3Quarter Pictures as a platform to shoot commercials and short films. Watch WarChild in full and catch a behind-the-scenes clip from I See A Different You below.

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1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair Landing in Marrakech is 2018's Most Anticipated Art Event

The leading art fair dedicated to contemporary African art makes its mark on the continent for the first time this weekend.

This weekend, 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair, the leading art fair devoted to contemporary African art, will debut in Marrakech, Morocco. The announcement of the Fair's expansion to the continent last year has left aficionados of contemporary African art in eager anticipation of this "homecoming"—this author included.

1-54 debuted in London in 2013. Although an expansion to New York followed, a presence on the continent was always part of the long-term vision of the founder Touria El Glaoui. Finally, the time has now arrived.

Here are five reasons why we're looking forward to 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair Marrakech.

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This Olympic Figure Skater Blew Us Away Again By Pulling Off a Costume Change Mid-Routine

First Maé-Bérénice Méité performed to Beyoncé, now she's effortlessly slaying outfit changes mid-routine. What can't she do?

French-Congolese and Ivorian figure skater, Maé-Bérénice Méité, has pretty much been the life of the Winter Olympic figure skating competition.

Earlier this month, the athlete had the internet shook when she performed her opening routine to two Beyoncé songs. Now she's back with even more black girl magic.

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10 Stand Out Moments From Janelle Monáe's Powerful Music Videos

Janelle Monae came back making a statement—and we're just as obsessed as you are.

We've got to talk about Janelle Monáe.

Over the past half decade, she's embarked on a profound journey that's solidified her as an artist, creator and activist who isn't afraid to shoot down the stars—or shoot with them.

After having roles in Hidden Figures and Moonlight—two Oscar nominated movies where one won an Oscar, a stellar speech at the Grammy's and a stunning presence at the Black Panther red carpet, she's ready to grace us with "Dirty Computer," the latest musical venture in her Afrofuturistic saga.

To whet our appetites before the album, which is set to release on April 27, Janelle dropped not one but two music videos yesterday. Both are distinctly entertaining: one is a black, intersectional feminist anthem and the other a psychedelic soundtrack of sexual fluidity.

Watch both, then read some of the highlights we gathered from the hypnotizing visuals and powerful wordplay.

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