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OkayAfrica Presents a Screening of 'Garden of Eden,' a Film About Self-Discovery

OkayAfrica has teamed up with Okayplayer and bklyn boihood for a night of film, performances and dialogue centered on the film 'Garden of Eden.'

OkayAfrica has teamed up with Okayplayer and bklyn boihood for a night of film, performances, and dialogue centered on Garden of Eden— a film by Imani Dennison and Robin Williams, about 17-year-old Jaliyah (Anyanwu Uwa), a recently outed lesbian coming to terms with her sexuality while trying to deal with her father's disapproval and navigating homelessness in New York City.


The event will be hosted by Vanessa Newman with DJ Adair on the turntables. There will be live performances by strong>Rum.Gold, EL TSID, and &source=gmail&ust=1490731179858000&usg=AFQjCNHW95VNwgCFSguN2QTdDuSvylgr0w" href="https://vimeo.com/170248460" target="_blank">Nia & Ness. Afterwards, Okayplayer contributor, Myles E. Johnson will chop it up with the team behind the film.

It's going down Friday, March 31 at Okay Space from 6:00 to 10:00 pm. Join the Facebook invite for more details, you can RSVP here.

Check out the trailer for Garden of Eden below.

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Interview: Wavy The Creator Is Ready to See You Now

The multidisciplinary Nigerian-American artist on tapping into all her creative outlets, creating interesting things, releasing a new single and life during quarantine.

A trip canceled, plans interrupted, projects stalled. It is six months now since Wavy the Creator has had to make a stop at an undisclosed location to go into quarantine and get away from the eye of the pandemic.

The professional recording artist, photographer, writer, fashion artist, designer, and evolving creative has been spending all of this time in a house occupied by other creatives. This situation is ideal. At least for an artist like Wavy who is always in a rapid motion of creating and bringing interesting things to life. The energy around the house is robust enough to tap from and infuse into any of her numerous creative outlets. Sometimes, they also inspire trips into new creative territories. Most recently, for Wavy, are self-taught lessons on a bass guitar.

Wavy's days in this house are not without a pattern, of course. But some of the rituals and personal rules she drew up for herself, like many of us did for internal direction, at the beginning of the pandemic have been rewritten, adjusted, and sometimes ditched altogether. Some days start early and end late. Some find her at her sewing machine fixing up thrift clothes to fit her taste, a skill she picked up to earn extra cash while in college, others find her hard at work in the studio, writing or recording music.

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