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The First South African Netflix Original Series ‘Shadow’ Is Now Streaming

'Shadow' is a superhero saving Joburg civilians from crime.

As previously promised, Netflix has delivered its first South African series. The series, which is called Shadow, follows the story of a superhero of the same name as he tries to save Joburg from its high crime rate.


Shadow is played by South African actor Pallance Dladla, and has the same superpower as Luke Cage from Marvel's Luke Cage—he can't feel pain. He uses his special powers to save civilians from atrocities such as being stalked, cyberbullied, harassed and facing crimes the country's flawed justice system can't help them with.

Shadow is the alter ego of an ordinary ex-cop, who, after his six-year-old daughter is murdered, he decides to take the law into his own hands, and becomes a vigilante. You know, the usual storyline of several superhero movies.

Dladla told IOL that Shadow's weakness is his heart. "Physically and otherwise," he said. "He's hurting, man. He's a man who is trying to heal and forgive himself. He gets lost in this self-destruction phase where he crosses the line between justice and vengeance."

Shadow, which is eight episodes long, is directed by Gareth Crocker, and its main cast includes Khathu Ramabulana and Amanda du-Pont.

Watch the series' official trailer below and head over to Netflix to binge-watch.

Shadow | Official Trailer [HD] | Netflix www.youtube.com

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Patoranking Drops an Amazing Video For ‘Open Fire’

The Nigerian star treats the world to the reality-bending visuals for the upbeat track.

The Nigerian fusion artist has hit us yet again with arrestingly stunning visuals to accompany his emphatic, bombastic and infectious music. Last week, the talented Patoranking gifted the world with the video for the track "Open Fire" featuring Busiswa and we somehow didn't see it until today. Believe us, it is a classic case of "better late than never."

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Cimarrón Is the Women-Led Film Production Company Empowering Afro-Colombians to Tell Their Own Stories

The "first Afro-Colombian film production company," is teaching filmmaking in Colombia's black communities in order to combat the lack of representation.

When filmmaker, activist, and cultural agent Heny Cuesta first started her career in Colombia, she noticed a severe lack of black creators in the industry. Cuesta, an Afro-Colombian originally from Cali, was the only Black woman in a room full of mestizo directors at a panel discussion at the International Film Festival in Cartagena de Indias (FICCI) in 2013.

"None of the filmmakers were black, but they were talking about ethnic content despite the fact that they didn't know the territory," says Cuesta. That scene shocked her, but it reflected the low number of movies directed by black directors in Colombia. In 2018, Colombia's film industry premiered 37 feature films and only one of them –Candelaria– was directed by a black director. It received many international awards.

The lack of blackness in Colombia's film industry goes far beyond studios, film festivals and production companies. Afro-Colombians make up almost 20 percent of the population but historically have had few opportunities to access education. Most black Colombians, who come from cities and towns along the Pacific and the Caribbean coasts, have been neglected and isolated due to a lack of infrastructure, as well as a lack of education and job opportunities.

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Video: Mr Eazi On How He's Helping Young African Artists Grow

In 'Moments With: Mr Eazi,' the buzzing Nigerian star tells us about Banku music, being a serial entrepreneur, and how he's been pushing young African artists through his emPawa initiative.

Mr Eazi stopped by our offices in New York City during a packed round of promo around his new emPawa platform.

The Nigerian star sat down with OkayAfrica and spoke in-depth about his early days, how his friends all pooled money to help him get started, how his famous 'hat' look came about, the blend of Ghanaian & Nigerian sounds that make up Banku music and more recent things like collaboration with J Balvin and Bad Bunny.

Watch our Moments With video with Mr Eazi below.

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The 14 Songs You Need to Hear This Week

Featuring Asa, Patoranking x Busiswa, $pacely, Vagabon, Shane Eagle and more.

Every week, we highlight the cream of the crop in music through our Best Music of the Week column.

Here's our round up of the best tracks and music videos that came across our desks, which you can also check out in our Songs You Need to Hear This Week playlists on Spotify and Apple Music.

Follow our SONGS YOU NEED TO HEAR THIS WEEK playlist on Spotify here and Apple Music here.

Check out all of OkayAfrica's new playlists on Spotify and Apple Music.

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