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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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Afripedia is the Visual Platform Connecting African Artists to Their Clients

The newly launched platform wants to foster a strong community of African artists on the continent and in the diaspora.

Afripedia is live! The curated visual platform, which was created by Swedish production collective Stocktownfilms aims to do away with misrepresentation within the creative industry and connect African creatives to their clients by giving them increased exposure. The platform comes five years after an initial 5-part documentary series which focused on creatives in Angola, Ghana, South Africa, Kenya and Senegal.

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Burna Boy to Donate Proceeds from Upcoming Show In South Africa to Victims of Xenophobic Violence

The "Africans Unite" concert is slated for this November, and the bill also includes Jidenna, Kwesta and more.

Burna Boy will return to South Africa for the first time following the recent the spate of xenophobic violence against Nigerians and other foreign African nationals.

In the height of the violence in September, Burna Boy vowed to never return to the country. Major Nigerian artists including Tiwa Savage cancelled appearances in the country, and echoed sentiments calling on the South African government to take adequate measures to protect foreign nationals. "I have not set foot in SA since 2017. And I will NOT EVER go to South Africa again for any reason until the SOUTH AFRICAN government wakes the f**k up and really performs A miracle because I don't know how they can even possibly fix this," he wrote on Twitter. A radio station in Zambia even banned music by South African artists from their airwaves following the violence.

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Check out 'AKANTUNSE', a Visual Celebration of African Mythology

The speculative photo series by Zambian collective Kabumba, re-imagines nine significant figures in African mythology, cosmology and folklore.

Kabumba is a Zambian collective based in Lusaka that curates African visual art that seeks to push the limits on existing narratives within African art. AKANTUNSE is Kabumba's latest project—a fun and speculative photo series which celebrates nine figures in African mythology, cosmology and folklore.

We reached out to creative director, Chanda Karimamusama, who worked alongside photographer Kabelenga Phiri and make-up artist Mary Mthetwa, to find out what how AKANTUNSE came together.

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The Oscars have Disqualified 'Joy', a Film about Nigerian Sex Workers, Submitted for Best International Feature Film

Like Genevieve Nnaji's 'Lionheart', the film has reportedly been disqualified by the Academy because of too much English dialogue.

It seems films from Nigeria or films about Nigerians can't seem to catch a break at the Oscars. Just last week, Genevieve Nnaji's Lionheart was disqualified from the Best International Feature Film category of the Oscars because of too much English dialogue. The film was Nigeria's first ever entry to the Oscars—a historic moment. Similarly, Austrian filmmaker Sudabeh Mortezai's Joy, a film about Nigerian sex workers living in Vienna, has also been disqualified by the Academy in the same category, according to Deadline.

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