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Issa Rae Has a Sketch Comedy Show Featuring All Black Women In the Works

HBO's upcoming "A Black Lady Sketch Show" will be the first sketch comedy TV show that's set to be written by, directed by and starring black women.

With less than a week left in January, Issa Rae is already owning 2019 in more ways than one.

A Black Lady Sketch Show, a new project that's in development with HBO under her banner Issa Rae Productions, is due to be the first sketch comedy show that will be written by, directed by and starring black women, The Hollywood Reporter reports.


Robin Thede of the cancelled BET late-night show The Rundown with Robbin Thede created the straight-to-series sketch comedy and will star, write and executive produce the series alongside Rae. Though each show will run for a half-hour, an episode count and premiere date have yet to be announced.

The show will present narrative sketches performed by a central line-up of black women including Thede and celebrity guests, The Hollywood Reporter adds. Lauren Ashley Smith, another powerhouse black woman in the TV world, is due to be the head writer and co-executive producer for A Black Lady Sketch Show. Smith formerly worked with Thede as the head writer for The Rundown—another weekly talk show that was cancelled by BET. Smith also worked on Bravo's Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen as well as VH1's Best Week Ever.

A Black Lady Sketch Show is part of Rae's relationship with HBO and her overall deal with the premium cable network.

Aside from continuing to be a top-notch boss behind the camera, Rae is due to star in a new HBO limited series called The Dolls, which she co-wrote the script alongside Insecure writer Laura Kittrell and Amy Aniobi. On the film end of things, we can look forward to seeing her star in September 2019 rom-com American Princess, as well as Littleanother comedy due this September the also features Black-ish's Marsai Martin.

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Burna Boy, Teni, AKA, Sho Madjozi, Mr Eazi & More Earn 2019 BET Award Nominations

This year's "Best International Act" categories are stacked with some of the biggest names in African pop.

The nominees for this year's BET Awards have been announced, and one again, some of the biggest names in African pop have been named in the " International Act" categories.

This year, Nigerian acts Burna Boy, Mr Eazi have been nominated in the "Best International Act" category. They've each had standout years, with both artists performing at the Coachella Music Festival this year.

They're nominated alongside South African star rapper AKA, who won a Kids' Choice Award earlier this year for "Favorite South African Star," and the French-Malian pop singer and one of OkayAfrica's 100 Women Aya Nakamura. French-Cameroonian and Togolese rapper Dosseh and UK rappers Dave, and Giggs round out the heavily-stacked category.

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This New Documentary Sheds Light On the History of a Beloved Nigerian Staple—Agege Bread

'Fresh Agege Bread' by Chika Okoli's FABA gives us a much-needed insight into the popularity of Nigeria's coveted Agege Bread.

This new documentary following Nigeria's own Agege Bread contributes to the need of preserving and documenting food culture on the continent.

In Fresh Agege Bread, directed and produced by filmmaker Chika Okoli of FABA (For Africans By Africans), we follow food researcher Ozoz Sokoh as she traces the history and popularity of Agege Bread featuring its pioneering bakers, community figureheads and locals. The documentary touches on the rise of the booming product as well as addresses some of the controversies around the health and safety measures applied in the production of this staple.

For Okoli, the inability to find such insights about this significant food in Nigerian culture is what inspired her to develop this documentary.

"Agege Bread is so popular in Lagos but shockingly, there is very little information about it online and the same can be said about other cultural elements that are significant to our way of life," she shares with us.

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amA picture taken on May 17, 2019 in Berlin shows a Stone Cross, a key 15th-century navigation landmark erected by Portuguese explorers, seen at the History Museum in Berlin. (Photo: TOBIAS SCHWARZ/AFP/Getty Images)

Germany to Return Stolen 15th Century Stone Cross to Namibia

Germany's Culture Minister says the move is a "clear sign" that the country is committed to coming to terms with its colonial past.

In the latest development in the movement towards African art repatriation, the German government will return a 15th-century Portuguese stone cross that has been in its possession since the colonial era, back to its original home in Namibia.

The cross was a navigation landmark placed on the coastline of present-day Namibia in 1496, before it was taken in the late 17th century under German colonial rule, BBC Africa reports.

The Namibian government put out a request for its return back in 2017, and the request was formally approved today by the Berlin Museum. The cross is set to be returned in August, according to a statement from the museum.

READ: Taking Back Our History: Understanding African Art Repatriation

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