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You’ll Want to See This Revenge Thriller Based on the Legend of Yoruba Orisha Mami Wata

She’s a force of nature.

If you’ve seen obsessed over Beyoncé’s hour-long Lemonade, then you’re acquainted with Mami Wata’s (Mother Water) sister spirit or orisha, Oshun.


Beyonce in HBO visual "Lemonade" via Giphy

The Mami Wata ancient deity, who appears in Yoruba, Cuban, Dominican, Haitian and Brazilian mythologies, is often described as a force of nature, possessing traits much like the duality of water—at times beautiful and healing, and at others, wrathful and violent. The water spirit’s appearance in dreams or visions is typically considered a portent of the changing tides of fortune.

So the mermaid goddess makes for excellent subject matter for producers of internationally acclaimed and award-winning films Ojuju and O-Town to depict in their next project, a collab with DJ Tee Films, entitled Mami Wati.

Fiery Film via Shadow & Act

The Oge Basi production that will star Bolaji Ogunmola (Mami Wata) as well as Lucy Ameh, Nita Byack-George, Paul Utomi, Kolade Shashi and Brutus Richard has been described as a genre mashup and revenge thriller, according to Shadow & Act.

C.J. “Fiery” Obasi will direct from his script and legendary music video pioneer Adetokundo “DJ Tee” Odubawo will co-executive produce as well as handle cinematography. Obijie “Byge” Oru, an AMVCA award-winning costume designer as well as Adefunke Olowu (“Ojuju”), an AMVCA-nominated & BON award-winning make-up artist, have also signed onto the project that is slated to start filming principal photography in Lagos, Nigeria next month.

Photo by Meztli Yoalli Rodríguez

Dying Lagoons Reveal Mexico’s Environmental Racism

In the heart of a traditionally Black and Indigenous use area in Southwest Mexico, decades of environmental destruction now threatens the existence of these communities.

On an early morning in September 2017, in a little fishing village in the Pacific coast of Oaxaca, called Zapotalito, thousands of dead fish floated on the surface of the Chacahua-Pastoría lagoons. A 7.1-magnitude earthquake, which rattled Mexico City on September 19, was felt as far down as Zapotalito, and the very next morning, its Black, Indigenous and poor Mestizo residents, who depend on the area's handful of lagoons for food and commerce, woke up to an awful smell and that terrible scene of floating fish.

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