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Netflix's Newest Original Series Is Tackling What It Means To Be Young and Black in Italy

"Zero" is the brainchild of Angolan-Italian writer and TV host Antonio Dikele Distefano.

A new original series from Netflix is set to give us a glimpse of another pocket within the global black diaspora.

Zero, created by Antonio Dikele Distefano, will be the first Italian series from the streaming platform to take on what it means to be young and black in Italy today. The series follows Zero—a shy, African-Italian who harbors a superpower that pushes him to learn how to open up to the world and to love others.


"The idea of Zero comes from my need to put different stories together in order to tell one," Distefano says in a statement from Netflix. "The story of a special boy, of a black guy, who thanks to his super power, manages to see the reality behind the appearance of things, people and relationships."

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Distefano, 27, is an Angolan-Italian rising author who was raised in the Northern Italian city of Ravenna, Variety adds. He's also known for hosting music shows on television. His debut, self-published novel, Fuori piove, dentro pure. Posso passare a prenderti? (It's Raining Outside, And Inside As Well. Can I Come And Pick You Up?), has since been republished by premier Italian publisher Mondadori.

He's also writing the series alongside a stacked team of screenwriters including Menotti, Stefano Voltaggio, Massimo Vavassori, Carolina Cavalli and Lisandro Monaco to develop and explore the suburbs of Milan and its diverse and underrepresented cultures you wouldn't usually see in Italian TV.

"Rap will be one of the protagonists of the story because rap is the language of our age, it is capable of describing environments that people do not see, such as the Milan suburbs where the series is set, and it is my language," Distefano continues.

Zero is produced by Fabula Pictures alongside Red Joint Film. Production begins in 2020.

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Sarkodie Is Not Feeling Any Pressure

The elite Ghanaian rapper affirms his king status with this seventh studio album, No Pressure.

Sarkodie is one of the most successful African rappers of all time. With over ten years of industry presence under his belt, there's no question about his prowess or skin in the game. Not only is he a pioneer of African hip-hop, he's also the most decorated African rapper, having received over 100 awards from close to 200 nominations over the span of his career.

What else does Sarkodie have to prove? For someone who has reached and stayed at the pinnacle of hip-hop for more than a decade, he's done it all. But despite that, he's still embracing new growth. One can tell just by listening to his latest album, No Pressure, Sarkodie's seventh studio album, and the follow-up to 2019's Black Love which brought us some of the Ghanaian star's best music so far. King Sark may be as big as it gets, but the scope of his music is still evolving.

Sonically, No Pressure is predominantly hip-hop, with the first ten tracks offering different blends of rap topped off with a handful of afrobeats and, finally, being crowned at the end with a gospel hip-hop cut featuring Ghanaian singer MOG. As far as the features go, Sark is known for collaborating mostly with his African peers but this time around he branches out further to feature a number of guests from around the world. Wale, Vic Mensa, and Giggs, the crème de la crème of rap in America and the UK respectively all make appearances, as well as Nigeria's Oxlade, South Africa's Cassper Nyovest, and his fellow Ghanaian artists Darkovibes and Kwesi Arthur.

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