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Film: Black British Experimental Fantasy 'Touch'

Check out a teaser for the new British short film "Touch" by Nigerian director Shola Amoo: A science-fiction project that tells the story of Jessica and George.


Above is the short teaser of "Touch," a new experimental film coming out of London. A venture to explore a different genre than most black directors, Nigerian Shola Amoo states that he wanted to create a film that reflected the variety in his taste:

I was tired of not seeing actors of color in the type of films I liked, whether it was art house or a lo-fi science fiction / fantasy film. I also noted that not a lot of these type of films were being made by black directors too. The actual story itself is quite crazy and again came from a mishmash of different influences ranging from random 80s based aesthetics, an interest in how the modern world and nature balances - and modern relationships in a technological world.

"Touch" tells the story of Jessica and George. "The two meet in an open field at a specific time and place everyday. George is in love – but unbeknownst to him, Jessica hides a devastating secret. As Jessica’s feelings for George grow, she must make an important decision that will change her life forever." We already love the look of the film and the breath taking cinematography. Check out the Facebook page to stay up to date on the film and possible screenings in upcoming festivals.

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Interview: How Stogie T’s ‘Freestyle Friday’ Became a TV Show

Freestyle Friday started as lockdown content but is now a fully-fledged TV show on Channel O. In this interview, Stogie T breaks down why the show is revolutionary and talks about venturing into media.

When South Africa was put under a hard lockdown in 2020, Stogie T started Freestyle Friday to "make SA rap again." Freestyle Friday, hosted on Instagram, saw a different cohort of rappers each rap over the same beat picked by the veteran rapper. From niche and emerging rappers to some of the most notable names in South African hip-hop—the likes of AKA, Focalistic, Ginger Trill and several others all participated.

In the last few weeks, however, Freestyle Friday has found its way to cable TV. The show airs every Friday on Channel O, one of the continent's longest-running music TV channels. Freestyle Friday as a TV programme isn't just about freestyles, it's about the art of rapping and the music business, particularly SA hip-hop. Guests range from lyricists to record executives and other personalities aligned with the scene—Ninel Musson and Ms Cosmo for instance.

But Freestyle Friday is only the first media product Stogie T is working on as he is in the process of starting a podcast network, a venture in which he is collaborating with Culture Capital. In the Q&A below, Stogie T breaks down the relationship with Culture Capital, how the show moved from the internet to TV, why it's a revolutionary idea, touches on his venture into media and his future plans.

This interview has been edited for clarity and length.

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