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Beverly Naya's Documentary 'Skin' Coming to Netflix.

Beverly Naya's Documentary 'Skin' Coming to Netflix This Month

Produced by British-Nigerian actress Beverly Naya, 'Skin' is a feature documentary which explores beauty, colorism and skin bleaching in Lagos.

British-Nigerian actress Beverly Naya announced on social media recently that her feature documentary titled Skin would be premiering on Netflix this month. The documentary, which was directed by Daniel Etim Effiong and features interviews with Nigerians from different walks of life, explores various standards of beauty, colorism and the rampant skin bleaching in Lagos, Nigeria.

Netflix continues to bring the African heat with African Original Series, documentaries and feature films which showcase the multitude of realities experienced on the continent. The streaming platform is set to premiere Naya's Skin this month although details around the exact date are yet to be announced.

A synopsis of the documentary is summarised as follows:

"['Skin's'] narrative is interwoven by poignant personal accounts of individuals who have dealt with the pressure to conform to certain standards of beauty, revealing how colourism continues to shape the face of the entertainment industry in Africa. Beverly concludes her journey with a trip to her home town exploring her rich cultural heritage with her mother and grandmother, between them three generations of beautiful black women who through sheer hard work and self-love have built useful businesses laying a solid legacy for her and many like her to build upon."

The documentary is an important one especially as it pertains to colorism––an issue that is still not receiving the attention it deserves in the Black community. Just last year, actress Lupita Nyong'o released her debut children's book Sulwe which speaks to colorism and the need to affirm the experiences of dark-skinned girls and women.

In terms of additional Nigerian content on Netflix, Nigerian producer and CEO of EbonyLife Media, Mo Abudu, recently inked a major deal with the streaming platform. Abudu is set to develop the on-screen adaptations of British-Nigerian author Lola Shoneyin's acclaimed debut novel The Secret Lives of Baba Segi's Wives and Nigerian Nobel Prize Laureate Wole Soyinka's Death And The King's Horseman play.

Watch the trailer to Skin below:

Skin Official Trailer www.youtube.com

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Interview: Oumou Sangaré Proves Why She's the Songbird of Wassoulou

We caught up with the Malian singer to talk about her new Acoustic album, longevity as an artist, and growing up in Mali.

When Oumou Sangaré tells me freedom is at her core, I am not surprised. If you listen to her discography, you'll be hard-pressed to find a song that doesn't center or in some way touch on women's rights or child abuse. The Grammy award-winning Malian singer has spent a significant part of her career using her voice to fight for the rights of women across Africa and the world, a testimony to this is her naming her debut studio album Moussolou, meaning Woman. The album, a pure masterpiece that solidified Oumou's place amongst the greats and earned her the name 'Songbird of Wassoulou,' was a commercial success selling over 250,000 records in Africa and would in turn go on to inspire other singers across the world.

On her latest body of work Acoustic, a reworking of her critically acclaimed 2017 album Mogoya, Oumou Sangaré proves how and why she earned her accolades. The entirety of the 11-track album was recorded within two days in the Midi Live studio in Villetaneuse in 'live' conditions—with no amplification, no retakes or overdubs, no headphones. Throughout the album, using her powerful and raw voice that has come to define feminism in Africa and shaped opinions across the continent, Oumou boldly addresses themes like loss, polygamy and female circumcision.

We caught up with the Malian singer at the studio she is staying while in quarantine to talk about her new album, longevity as an artist, and growing up in Mali.

This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity.

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