Popular

Watch the Trailer for 'La Negrada'—Mexico's First Feature Film with an All-Black Cast

The beautifully-shot film snagged the cinematography award at the 2018 Guadalajara International Film Festival.

This August, OkayAfrica shines a light on the connections between Africa and the Latin-American world. Whether it's the music, politics or intellectual traditions, Africans have long been at the forefront of Latino culture, but they haven't always gotten the recognition. We explore the history of Afro-Latino identity and its connection to the motherland.

This new film that recently premiered in Mexico City has made history in the Latin American film world.

La Negrada, directed by Jorge Pérez Solano, is Mexico's first fiction film portraying the Afro-Mexican population, REMEZCLA reports.

Contributing to the slow, but long overdue recognition of Afro-Latino communities on the big screen, La Negrada tells the story of two women, Juana and Magdalena, who are both romantically involved with the same man, Neri. The film was shot throughout Costa Chica—a region that spans along the coast of Guerrero and Oaxaca that's home to the highest concentration of Afro-descendants in Mexico—as Solano enlisted locals and non-professional actors to star in the film.


REMEZCLA summarizes the trailer, noting the Mexican immigration officer questioning the nationality of one of the women. "You are not Mexican right? Where are you from, negra?" the officer taunts. A title card follows the exchange, saying, "There are Mexicans that nobody sees."

Watch it below.

The trailer highlights the daily lives of Afro-Mexicans and Costa Chica's beautiful surroundings through its stunning cinematography. Such an eye for scenic shots landed the film the cinematography award at the 2018 Guadalajara International Film Festival.

Although praise for the film has been rolling in, it has not come without due criticism from organizations that advocate on behalf of Afro-Mexicans, REMEZCLA adds. A group of them released a statement decrying Solano's use of the word "savage" in an interview with a national newspaper to describe Afro-Mexicans. They also call out the film leaning towards stereotypes about black people.

La Negrada is set to premiere in Washington, D.C. at the African Diaspora International Film Festival on August 18. For more information on the film, check out their Facebook page here.

News Brief
(Youtube)

Crayon & Rema Share the Visuals For 'Too Correct'

The two Mavin Records artists drop a striking new music video for the catchy single off Twelve A.M.

Nigeria's Crayon has released the visuals for his hit single "Too Correct" featuring Rema. The single comes off Crayon's critically-acclaimed Twelve A.M EP.

Keep reading... Show less
Featured
(Youtube)

Stonebwoy And Vic Mensa Collaborate on New Single 'Blessing'

The Grammy-nominated Stonebwoy has dropped the single and visuals for "Blessing" featuring Vic Mensa.

Afro-dancehall extraordinaire Stonebwoy has teamed up with activist rapper Vic Mensa for his latest single "Blessing," which is accompanied by phenomenal visuals. The track promises to be a 2021 anthem.

Stonebwoy explains that he wanted the track to motivate fans to continue striving for more. He had this to say about the inspiration behind the creation of "Blessing":

"Our thoughts manifest into our reality and often we sit and expect to be blessed without any carnal input. This song speaks about the things I'll do this year which are very relatable to everyone one. I hope the song motivates those aspiring to achieve these blessings."

Read: Stonebwoy Stands Up to His Shadow In New Single '1GAD'

Keep reading... Show less
Photo credit should read PIUS UTOMI EKPEI/AFP via Getty Images

YouTube Shuts Down Homophobic Nigerian Megachurch Channel

A YouTube channel belonging to Nigerian pastor T.B. Joshua's megachurch has reportedly been taken down for slapping gay church members as a form of "gay curing" therapy.

Prominent Nigerian pastor T.B. Joshua's church channel has reportedly been deactivated by YouTube. This, after UK-based organisation OpenDemocracy sent complaints to YouTube two weeks ago. Joshua's Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN) YouTube channel allegedly housed several gay conversation videos, one of which showed the pastor violently slapping a gay member as a form of exorcism to drive out "unclean spirits".

Keep reading... Show less

get okayafrica in your inbox

popular.

11 Afro-Brazilian Percussionists You Need To Know

These Brazilian percussionists have broken sound frontiers, invented new instruments and thrilled musical giants such as Michael Jackson and Sarah Vaughan.