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Web Series Asks Black Women Across The Globe "What Is Pretty?"

Nigerian-American filmmaker/blogger Antonia Opiah's documentary web series looks at beauty according to black women across the globe.


Pretty is a weekly documentary series from Nigerian-American filmmaker and blogger Antonia Opiah exploring the relationships that black women across the globe have with self-image in spaces that tend to favor Eurocentric beauty archetypes. The series, which launched in January, poses the question "What is pretty?" to a diverse cast of women who candidly share their reflection on how they find beauty in themselves despite living in major cities where blonde hair and blue eyes are placed on a pedestal. So far, Pretty has touched down in Paris, Milan and London, where each woman interviewed has provided a unique perspective on their own personal relationship with identity, self-acceptance and style.

As the publisher of natural beauty and haircare site un'ruly, Opiah had previously explored notions of black beauty with the divisive You Can Touch My Hair exhibit, which centered around the fascination non-black people often have with black hair.

After Europe Opiah plans to bring the series across the globe, starting with Africa and then North America and South America. Watch a trailer and all 16 episodes below. Subscribe to Pretty's YouTube channel here, and keep up with the series on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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Interview: 808x On Crafting Different Sounds For the Diverse Innanetwav Roster

808x, the in-house producer for South Africa's popular hip-hop collective/label Innanetwav, breaks down his working process with artists and the importance of energy.

Reflecting on the early days of Cash Money Records during a conversation with legendary New Orleans producer Mannie Fresh earlier this year, Lil Wayne said:

"When we started, record labels had one producer for the whole record label. Meaning that Mannie Fresh produced every song on every album, from the intro to the artist."

Some labels, groups and collectives still observe that tradition. It, however, takes a producer with such versatility they could be mistaken to be different personalities altogether.

Joburg-based producer 808x is a great example of that type of producer. Being the in-house producer and engineer for one of the country's most versatile collectives and contemporary hip-hop labels, Innanetwav, 808x has to craft beats that slice through the spectrum of genres with inimitable fluidity and creativity.

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