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Kofi Siriboe's Latest Short Film Is a Captivating Portrait of Grief and Depression

"JUMP" will leave you speechless.

Kofi Siriboe continues to show the black community that it's okay to be vulnerable and that one is never alone when navigating this life of ours with this new project.

In JUMP, the Ghanaian-American actor and Queen Sugar star paints a portrait of a young black man battling depression, grief and the urge to commit suicide.

Shot in the Bronx, you'll meet Ziggy, who, according to the film's brief summary, is a "haunted man detached from reality" as well as his friend Kree—who represents the people in our lives who are willing to be present in our time of need. Throughout the short film you'll notice a black girl appear and disappear, as she represents the innocence and relief Ziggy longs for—if he jumps.

Watch JUMPbelow.


Siriboe took to Instagram to express his thoughts and inspiration behind the film. As he's said in his first project, WTF Is Mental Health?, he emphasizes that our community's understanding of mental health is imperative.

He continues:

Therapy should be free for students and gang members and broken families and everybody. Schools should establish the realities of being born into a society designed to disconnect us from our simple, so very, delicate, truths; particularly, us, Black people. It's critical that our elders share archetypes and resources assisting younger generations, galvanized, navigating the vast and temporal terrains of the information age. I suppose in a world that perpetuates hate, we take the initiative to, unapologetically, put love on a pedestal. 'Jump' is a safe space i'd like to share with anybody who knows what it feels like to feel anything; or everything.

JUMP was written, directed and executive produced by Siriboe, headed by his production company, VIAKOFI. He's joined by Jael Nuamah, Omar Dorsey and Chelsea Tavares in the film. Denzel Whitaker, Joshua Kissi, Shawn Marcus Taylor, Kwame Boateng and Anthony Brooks are the films producers.

Revisit the short doc, WTF Is Mental Health?, here.

Image via Khaid/Listen Up.

12 Nigerian Artists to Watch in 2023

We highlight Nigeria’s best emerging talents set to make their mark this year.

Nigeria is in many ways at the forefront of the global African music movement. The country has given birth to Africa’s biggest stars, and continues to do so year on end. However, this isn’t limited to the globally-known, such as international artists like Burna Boy and Wizkid. Every big artist starts from somewhere, and every established act once had their breakout moment.

Every year Nigeria churns out a handful of potential stars in the early phases of their journey to stardom, who make their mark with singles and projects that establish them as talents to watch. From greenhorns making their official debuts to budding talents attempting to establish their first hit single runs, we’ve highlighted a number of emerging Nigerian acts with amazing potential that wield a solid chance of breaking out this year.

Check out our list of 12 Nigerian artists to watch in 2023 below.

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Tems Bags Oscar Nomination for 'Wakanda Forever' Song

Nigeria's renowned Temilade Openiyi, popularly known as Tems, scored a nomination at the 2023 Oscars for co-writing ‘Lift Me Up’, one of the songs on 'Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.'

Popular singer Nigerian singer Temilade Openiyi, better known as Tems, has scored a nomination at the 2023 Oscars for “Lift Me Up,” a song she co-wrote with Rihanna, Ludwig Göransson, and Ryan Coogler.

"Lift Me Up," which was recorded in five countries, served as the lead single for the Black Panther: Wakanda Forever soundtrack and was a tribute to Chadwick Boseman, who played King T'Challain the previous installment of the movie but passed away in 2020 after battling colon cancer.

While discussing the record in the past, Tems had mentioned that she drew inspiration for the song from people who were once in her life, but had passed away.

"After speaking with Ryan and hearing his direction for the film and the song, I wanted to write something that portrays a warm embrace from all the people that I've lost in my life. I tried to imagine what it would feel like if I could sing to them now and express how much I miss them," Tems said. "Rihanna has been an inspiration to me, so hearing her convey this song is a great honor."

Africa's history with the Oscars has also been minimal over the years. While a handful of African films have won awards at the prestigious ceremony, there hasn't been a strong presence from the motherland. So far, the only African to win an award for Best Actress was South Africa's Charlize Theron for her role in the 2003 film Monster. Ten years later, Lupita Nyong'o scored a Best Actress in a Supporting Role award for her role in 12 Years a Slave.

This year there are no African films represented in the Best International Film category. And The Woman King, a movie about the all-female unit of warriors called Agojie, was completely snubbed.

View the full list of nominees here.

Burna Boy, Asake, and More to Hit Afro Nation Portugal Stage

The Afrobeats music festival is set to bring the biggest names in Afrobeats and amapiano to the sunny Portuguese coast.

The world's biggest Afrobeats festival returns this summer to sun-kissed Portimão, Portugal, armed with a lineup thrilling enough to make the trip. This week, Afro Nation announced the return of Afro Nation Portugal and the acts scheduled to hit the summer stage. Headliners Burna Boy, legendary American rapper 50 Cent, and French-Senegalese performer Booba are tasked with getting the party started, and letting the rest of the incredible roster do the rest.

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