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New York, April 11, 1969. The demonstration was about the 'Panther 21' trial, over jailed Black Panther members accused of shooting at police stations and a bombing; all of whom were eventually acquitted. Visible in the background at right is the New York County Criminal Court.

Pan African Film Festival Set to Screen Black Panther Documentary

The Los Angeles Pan African Film Festival has announced that it will screen the late Gregory Everett's Black Panther documentary '41st and Central: The Untold Story of the L.A. Black Panthers'.

The 29th Pan African Film Festival (PAFF) has reportedly announced that it will screen the revealing Black Panther documentary, 41st and Central: The Untold Story of the L.A. Black Panthers. This comes after the filmmaker, Gregory Everett, passed away from COVID-19 towards the end of January this year. Everett, the son of Black Panther member Jeffery Everett, was known for his conscious filmmaking especially his documentary on the Southern California chapter of the Black Panther Party. The documentary will show at the 2021 Pan African Film Festival which will run from the 28th of February to the 14th of March.


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Everett's film, according to festival organisers, particularly focuses on the events that shaped the complicated and often contradictory legacy of the Los Angeles chapter. Founded by Black college students, the documentary uses archival footage and first-hand accounts by surviving members who retell the murders of party members at the University of California, Los Angeles. Additionally, the documentary reveals the complicity of the Los Angeles Police Department that led to the end of the Black Panthers and the eventual demise of the group in other states. The documentary was well received when it first screened at the 2010 Pan African Film Festival and won the "Audience Favourite Documentary".

According to a press release, the festival producer Odududwa Olatunji had this to say about the passing of Everett and his documentary screening: "Greg was a man of great talent. In addition to being one of the early ambassadors of hip hop, he was a noted filmmaker. His presence will be felt throughout L.A. as his work lives on."

The resurgence of the documentary follows the critically acclaimed 2021 Black Panther film, Judas and the Black Messiah. The pre-screening of 41st and Central: The Untold Story of the L.A. Black Panthers will be virtually screened globally on the 20th of February 2021. The ticket proceeds will reportedly go to Everett's family.

The festival screens more than 200 films made about Africans or by people of African descent from around the world.

Watch the trailer below.

41st & Central Official Trailer www.youtube.com

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Reekado Banks Recalls The Carnage of The #EndSARS Protests In Single 'Ozumba Mbadiwe'

The Nigerian singer pays his respects to those lost during last year's #EndSARS protests.

Nigerian singer and songwriter Reekado Banks is back with a track that is as socially important as it is a banger. It seems fitting for the singer's first solo release of the year to be a tribute to his fellow countrypeople fighting for a country that they all wish to live in. The 27-year-old Afrobeats crooner has returned with endearing track 'Ozumba Mbadiwe', honoring the one-year anniversary of the #EndSARS protests that saw the Nigerian government authorize an onslaught of attacks on Nigerian citizens for their anti-government demonstrations.

The protests took the world by storm, additionally because the Nigerian government insists that none of the police brutality happened. In an attempt to gaslight the globe, Nigerian officials have come out to hoards to deny any and all accusations of unlawfully killing peaceful protesters. Banks mentions the absurd denials in the track, singing "October 20, 2020 something happened with the government, they think say we forget," in the second verse. Reekado's reflective lyrics blend smoothly and are supported by the upbeat, effortless Afrobeat rhythm.

In another reflective shoutout to his home, 'Ozumba Mbadiwe' is named after a popular expressway on Lagos Island that leads to the infamous Lekki Toll Gate where protesters were shot at, traumatized, and murdered. Although packed with conscious references, the P.Priime produced track is a perfect amalgamation of the talents that Reekado Banks has to offer; a wispy opening verse, a hook to kill, and an ethereal aura to mark this as a song as a hit. On "Ozumba Mbadiwe," all the elements align for Reekado's signature unsinkable sound to take flight.

Check out Reekado Bank's lyric video for his single 'Ozumba Mbadiwe'

Reekado Banks - Ozumba Mbadiwe (Lyric Video) www.youtube.com

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