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This Documentary Shows the Strong Connection Between Wax Print & Young Afro-French Designers

'Wax In The City,' starring Miss France 2014 Flora Coquerel, takes us through how the vibrant fabric is stitched in francophone Africa's style.

French filmmaker Élie Séonnet and French-Beninese model and Miss France 2014 Flora Coquerel take a journey through francophone Africa from tracing the love the community has with wax print to catching up with young African and Afro-French designers utilizing the fabric today.

Featuring designers Adama Ndiaye, Elie Kuame, Maureen Ayité, Loza Maléombho, Shade Affogbolo, Chayet Chiénin and Youssouf Fofana, Coquerel touches base with the new generation of creatives who have chosen to incorporate wax print into their clothing and learn about their inspirations, challenges and ambitions for the future of African fashion.


Wax In The City is due to make its U.S. premiere at Purchase College's (T)HERE Global Festival, where the program's focus is celebrating Benin, on Friday, September 28. It'll show the night before at the Montreal International Black Film Festival and then head to Harlem's National Black Theatre on September 30.

Follow the film on Instagram here and watch the teaser below.

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B3nchMarQ Shares The Music Video For 'New Friend$' Featuring A-Reece

South African hip-hop duo B3nchmarQ's new visuals for the single 'New Friend', featuring A-Reece, are a depiction of the quintessential boys' night out.

South African rap duo B3nchMarQ has officially released their music video for New Friend$ featuring A-Reece. The single comes off their recently released 18-track offering Power Trip Album which dropped in March 2021. The visuals for New Friend$ are a montage of a chilled night out with the entourage and were shot in Pretoria, A-Reece and B3nchMarQ's hometown.

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Cameroon's LGBT Community is Facing Increasing Persecution

A recent report by Human Rights Watch has highlighted, with tremendous concern, the increasing persecution being faced by the LGBT community in Cameroon.

There are significant concerns over human rights abuses in Cameroon, according to a report shared by Human Rights Watch (HRW). The campaign group has highlighted the rising persecution of members of the Cameroonian LGBT community which have been documented over the past few months. Security forces in the country have been accused of threatening, assaulting and arresting queer individuals.

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Toka Hlongwane’s Photo Series ‘Impilo ka Darkie’ Aims to Give an Insight Into Black South Africans’ Experiences

With his latest photo series, 'Impilo ka Darkie', South African photographer Toka Hlongwane offers an imperfect but compelling insight into the lives of the people he has encountered through his travels.

Toka Hlongwane is a Johannesburg-based documentary photographer whose work often casts a lens on society's underclass. His most recent photo series, Impilo ka Darkie, shot over five years, is Hlongwane's attempt to answer two questions: what does it mean to be Black? And, above that, what is the measure of Black life?

Part of Impilo ka Darkie's appeal is that it also documents Hlongwane's growth as a photographer. As the years roll on, his composition becomes stronger, the focus on his pictures becomes much sharper and a storyline begins to emerge in his work.

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Kamo Mphela's Latest EP 'Nkulunkulu' is a Must-Listen

While Kamo Mphela's comparison to the late Lebo Mathosa has been front and centre, it's really her vibrant amapiano EP 'Nkulunkulu' that should be centre stage.