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This Film Documents the Lives of Africans in China

Guangzhou Dream Factory, is a new documentary by Christiane Badgley that shows life in China from the perspective of African immigrants.

A new documentary seeks to highlight the experiences of African immigrants living in China.


Guangzhou Dream Factory, a new film by Christiane Badgley and Erica Marcus, centers on the Southern-Chinese city of Guangzhou, a trading hub nicknamed "Chocolate City" for its high population of black residents, which is "estimated to be at 20,000 to 100,000 or more," reports Quartz.

Immigrants living in the area deal with overt racism and are often though of as criminals. These types of harmful perceptions are what Badgley hopes to disrupt with Guangzhou Dream Factoryby relaying the firsthand accounts of Africans who have migrated to China to build new lives for themselves.

"It was important for us to share images of Africans that we rarely see in Western—in particular the US— media: dynamic, striving, resilient, entrepreneurial. Some of the people in the film are struggling—that’s true—but they are all determined to get ahead," said the filmmaker in an interview with Quartz.

"Working on projects set in Africa and with African filmmakers for many years, I’m acutely aware of the problematic portrayals of Africans in Western media. We hope that Guangzhou Dream Factory will expand Americans’ understanding of African realities and allow a more nuanced appreciation of the challenges facing the continent."

Watch the trailer below.

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Sarkodie Is Not Feeling Any Pressure

The elite Ghanaian rapper affirms his king status with this seventh studio album, No Pressure.

Sarkodie is one of the most successful African rappers of all time. With over ten years of industry presence under his belt, there's no question about his prowess or skin in the game. Not only is he a pioneer of African hip-hop, he's also the most decorated African rapper, having received over 100 awards from close to 200 nominations over the span of his career.

What else does Sarkodie have to prove? For someone who has reached and stayed at the pinnacle of hip-hop for more than a decade, he's done it all. But despite that, he's still embracing new growth. One can tell just by listening to his latest album, No Pressure, Sarkodie's seventh studio album, and the follow-up to 2019's Black Love which brought us some of the Ghanaian star's best music so far. King Sark may be as big as it gets, but the scope of his music is still evolving.

Sonically, No Pressure is predominantly hip-hop, with the first ten tracks offering different blends of rap topped off with a handful of afrobeats and, finally, being crowned at the end with a gospel hip-hop cut featuring Ghanaian singer MOG. As far as the features go, Sark is known for collaborating mostly with his African peers but this time around he branches out further to feature a number of guests from around the world. Wale, Vic Mensa, and Giggs, the crème de la crème of rap in America and the UK respectively all make appearances, as well as Nigeria's Oxlade, South Africa's Cassper Nyovest, and his fellow Ghanaian artists Darkovibes and Kwesi Arthur.

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