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Viola Davis' JuVee Productions To Adapt Shantrelle P. Lewis' Book on Black Dandyism Into Documentary Series

Curator and author Shantrelle P. Lewis' book Dandy Lion: The Black Dandy and Street Style will be made into a new docu-series that sounds ah-mazing.

Shantrelle P. Lewis' vibrant book, Dandy Lion: The Black Dandy and Street Style, has now gone from paper to the big screen as a new documentary series entitled, Dandy Lions, reports Deadline.

JuVee Productions, the production company led by Viola Davis and her husband, Julius Tennon, and 44 Blue Productions have partnered to bring this timely, yet long overdue series on the history of Black Dandy fashion to life on our television screens.


In her book, the curator and researcher encapsulates the empowering nature and swagger of Black Dandyism with contemporary photos of men exuding black excellence and historically rich content. She shows how dandyism is not just a style defined by popping colors and lively patterns, but a movement that originates from Enlightenment England's slave culture, when "high-styled rebel" black men decided to become walking examples of what it means to be fashionable, masculine, and black.

But, as Lewis put it in an interview with OkayAfrica last year, she also effectively shows how black masculinity transcends gender. "Black masculinity exists on a spectrum," she says, "which is why I have cisgendered men in the book, I have trans men in the book, I have masculine-of-center women and effeminate women."

These individuals of Dandy fashion, and the generations that follow, discredit the one-sided definitions put out by mainstream media. It is because of Lewis' successful book, that Davis, Tennon and Stephanie Noonan Drachkovitc, co-founder and president of 44 Blue Productions, are passionate about showing how Dandy men and women positively influence culture.

Dandy Lion will bring the themes of black masculinity, pride and self-expression to the screen. In today's culture, in the midst of discussions around black pride, equality and self-identity, Dandy Lion will be a beautiful stroke added to the repainting of what it means to be black.

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Burna Boy, Tinariwen, Michael Kiwanuka & More Nominated For 2021 Grammy Awards

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As we previously wrote about, the Grammys have renamed the international category of Best World Music Album to Best Global Music, in an effort to reportedly make it more modern and inclusive.

In that new Best Global Music Category, Nigerian afro-fusion star Burna Boy is nominated alongside Tuareg desert rock group Tinariwen, NYC afrobeat outfit Antibalas, Brazilian-American Bebel Gilberto and British-Indian sitar player Anoushka Shankar.

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Movement is the crux of mau from nowhere's music—the hip-hop and afropop undertones that dominate his work present a well-traveled artist.

Born in Kenya, Mau spent his life oscillating between the East African nation and England, followed by a short stint spent furthering his studies in New York. In a full-circle moment, mau uprooted his life in the big apple amidst the madness pandemic and made the move to Nairobi.

Listening to the MFN EP feels like diving head first into a pool of Mau's consciousness. He once spoke about the conflict between telling his fans to share their grief while withholding his own, but his latest offering MFN is far from stoic. The project marks his evolution from Kamau Wainana, the soft spoken kid with loud ambitions to mau from nowhere, a trailblazer defining music within 'Nu Nairobi.' As he gets less attached to being defined by a certain space, it's entrancing to watch him find comfort in his craft instead.

In this interview below, we demystify the man behind the music by discussing love, growth, disappointment and the recurrent themes of familial and romantic relationships.

This interview has been edited for brevity and clarity.

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According to the BBC, the UK government has deliberated implementing sanctions against Nigeria. This comes after parliament received a petition with over 220 000 signatures from #EndSARS protesters who have highlighted the major human rights violations that occurred over the past few weeks in Nigeria. Admittedly, more targeted sanctions against implicated Nigerian officials were debated after much condemnation of the idea of sanctions was also expressed by various parliamentary members.

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South Africa's Trevor Noah to Host 2021 Grammys

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