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Wekafore's Sublime Short Film Honors His Grandmother and Nigeria's Golden Era of the 1970s

God Is A Black Woman features looks from the Nigerian designer's 2017/2018 campaign while celebrating the divinity of the black woman.

Emerging Nigerian designer to watch, Wekafore, has released a short film highlighting looks from his brand's 2017/2018 collection.

God Is A Black Woman, directed by Costa Rican filmmaker Adriana Ramirez, is an ode to Wekafore's grandmother who lived during Nigeria's golden era of the 60s and 70s.

"When she was young and beautiful' he says in a statement, "she showed me the greatest love that anyone could have, she gave me my mother, she gave me life."

Wekafore honors, worships and immortalizes his grandmother in God is a Black Woman. You'll hear his thoughts in Yoruba layer the visuals, challenging the preconceived notion of God being a man.

"I feel more comfortable with the idea of God being a Woman," he continues. "A woman that gave birth to the world, and loved the world so much that she gave us her only son? How sexist and stupid it is for us to think that a man would do that ?'

As Wekafore continues to recreate Nigeria's golden moments, he taps into 1970s Nigeria, channeling the vibe and lifestyle of afro-rock, funk and disco culture—the raw passion and expression that his native country thrived in briefly—with little to no American or British influences. This inspiration is still needed, as he seeks to change the perspective of the future of African culture to Africans and to the world.

Watch God Is A Black Woman below.

Take a peak at Wekafore's 2017/2018 Collection here.

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Senegalese-American Actress Anna Diop Set to Join Lupita Nyong'o and Winston Duke In Jordan Peele's 'Us'

The rising actress will star alongside Lupita Nyong'o, Winston Duke and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II in the upcoming social thriller.

In May, it was announced that Black Panther costars Lupita Nyong'o and Winston Duke would star in Us, the highly-anticipated follow-up to director, writer and comedian Jordan Peele's follow-up to Get Out.

Now, we've learned more exciting news about the casting for the upcoming social thriller. Deadline reports that Senegalese-American actress, Anna Diop has also signed on to star in the film. The actress wrote that she was "beyond words and beyond excited," about the news in an Instagram post.

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A Sci-Fi Film About an Otherworldly, Coltan-Rich Village In Burundi By Saul Williams Is In The Works

We catch up with the artist, poet and filmmaker to get the scoop on his film in development, 'Neptune Frost.'

MartyrLoserKing is Saul Williams' overarching multimedia project that he began 5 years ago, consisting of a graphic novel, three albums and a musical.

The musical arm of the project—Neptune Frost—has been in development, where Williams shot the trailer in Rwanda and launched a Kickstarter to raise funds to begin production of the full-length film, which he hopes to begin in 2019.

Neptune Frost is set in a Burundian village made of recycled computer parts. This village is also home to what the synopsis calls, "the world's most subversive hacking collective." The sci-fi film tells the love story between an intersex runaway and a coltan miner.

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While Western intelligence looks to the usual suspects, a Dogon avatar whispers through a dream to reveal the coded mysteries of Sirius and the stars to an escaped coltan miner and an intersex runaway seeking refuge from a binary norm, revealing her divine circuitry as the eye of the storm. When their connection sparks the MartyrLoserKing is born.

MartyrLoserKing, the elusive African hacker whose team of "losers" and outcasts ignite the imagination of the world's most "connected" generation through deep space, deep web penetration. A virtual hero for a world caught in perpetual analogue exploitation. Neptune Frost is the MartyrLoserKing.

Watch the trailer below.

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Falz Speaks Out Against Sexual Assault In His New Video 'Child of the World'

In his latest music video, the Nigerian rapper tackles rape, HIV/AIDS and suicide.

Following his viral hit "This is Nigeria," in which he addressed a number of social and political issues facing Nigeria, Falz is back with another socially-charged song and video.

In "Child of the World," Falz addresses the pervasiveness of sexual abuse against women and the harmful effects it can have on a victim's life.

In the music video, which stars Nigerian actors Toyin Abraham and BamBam—who play mother and daughter respectivelyFalz tells the story of a young woman who was on a promising career path, which gets rocked when she is suddenly raped by an authoritative male figure. She eventually contracts HIV/AIDS, and she considers suicide as a result. Thankfully, the young woman is able to put herself back on the road to recovery, and she goes on to help educate others about HIV/AIDS and suicide prevention.

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