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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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15 South African Artists to Watch in 2019

Featuring Manu WolrdStar, Ranks, Dee Koala, Touchline, Sibu Nzuza and more.

Every year a wave of artists breaks in South Africa.

Last year saw young artists such as Mlindo The Vocalist, Muzi, Una Rams, Shekhinah, Sho Madjozi, KLY, Zoocci Coke Dope, Flame, J Molley, Rowlene and a whole lot more become household names and internet sensations. They released projects that shaped the country's musical landscape—a lot of them were on our list of 20 artists who could fuck up the game in 2018.

Alongside the aforementioned artists, there were just as many who were bubbling under, releasing singles that caught the attention of many fans. In 2019, these artists stand a great chance of expanding further and reaching more ears than they did last year.

From Manu WorldStar's lovely pop, to Ranks' version of ATM (African trap music), the refreshing Xhosa rap of Dee Koala, the street raps of Touchline, among others, we bring you a list of South African artists to keep an eye out for in 2019.

*The list is in no particular order.

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Netflix Has Picked Up an Animated Musical Inspired by Shona Mythology

"Tunga" is the brainchild of Zimbabwean-born screenwriter Godwin Jabangwe.

The latest African story to become a Netflix original will be an animated, family-friendly musical based on Zimbabwean culture, Deadline reports. The streaming service won a four-way bidding battle for Tunga, created by Zimbabwean-born screenwriter and newcomer to the film industry Godwin Jabangwe.

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Burna Boy Teams Up With Oritse Femi & Konshens on New Track 'Play Am'

Nigeria meets Jamaica on the Young D-produced dancehall-infused jam.

Fresh off his massive collaboration with Zlatan on "Killin' Dem," Burna Boy is back with another one.

The artist teams up with fellow Nigerian artist Oritse Femi and Jamaican artist Konshens for the dancehall-infused track "Play Am."

The song opens with a memorable verse from Konshens before both Oritse Femi and Burna join in, making for a unique fusion of Yoruba, Patois and Pidgin over the track's vibrant, multilayered production by producer Young D.

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