News Brief

The 21st Annual Urbanworld Film Festival Wants Your Submissions

Find out where to submit your work to the 21st Annual Urbanworld Film Festival here.

NEW YORK CITY—The Urbanworld Film Festival lands in New York City in its 21st year this September, which means it's time for you to submit your best work.


From September 20 to 24, the five-day festival curates and features documentaries, short films, narrative features, as well as the newly added categories: web originals, music videos and animated shorts.

Each year, the Urbanworld Film Festival presents a slate of films representing inclusiveness across stories, characters, themes and cultures to expand the definition of "urban" beyond ethnicity to include sensibility, culture and proximity. Known as "the people's festival" and "the filmmakers festival," they provide a point of intersection where creators and audiences meet to experience bold and diverse artistic works.

UPDATE 6.07: Be sure to submit your work by June 9 here.

Photo courtesy of Urbanworld.

Interview

Interview: TOBi Is Making Unapologetic Soul Music

We talk to the Nigerian-Canadian artist about his latest project ELEMENTS, his creative process, mental health and more.

It's a big year for music, and in the midst of many good drops from the motherland and beyond, we caught up with Nigerian-Canadian singer/songwriter TOBi to discuss his recently released 10-track project ELEMENTS.

ELEMENTS is a fusion of old-school soul, contemporary rap sequences, clever lyrical symbols & metaphors. and melancholic vibes which reference TOBi's Nigerian heritage through afrobeats, the reality of his life and the state of the world today. The compilation features production from Nigerian producer Juls on "Dollas and Cents" and "Made Me Everything and Shine."

Below, we also discuss his creative process and passion for mental health with the announcement of an exciting collaboration. "I'm attracted and curious about so many things in life that I can't help but bring [them] into my world and craft," the multi-genre artist says.

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