RA tells the remarkable story of the South African city’s thriving house scene.
South Africans are the biggest consumers of house music in the world, and Johannesburg is the beating heart of their scene. If you’re looking for proof, there is no need to visit a nightclub. In turning on a television, listening to the radio or walking down the street, it’s clear that a 4/4 pulse is the metronome of everyday life. The city’s preferred sound—vocal-led, percussive, melodic—is largely at odds with what’s popular in other international markets; this coupled with cripplingly slow internet speeds goes someway to explaining SA’s absence from the global house music conversation.
But although the scene’s stars hold ambitions that extend well beyond the country’s borders, the reality is that they’re thriving on home turf. Johannesburg has written—and continues to write—its own narrative. It has tales of hardship. The fight to free itself from the brutality of apartheid, and the role music played in that struggle. In a city still rife with poverty, house music can offer a way out. For our latest Real Scenes film we journeyed to Johannesburg and its outer lying townships, meeting the DJs, producers, promoters and record labels who are central to its story.
Hollywood is pushing back, at least a little, against the Washington power players and others who have put the squeeze on “Zero Dark Thirty.”
In the last week, Mark Boal, who is a producer of the film and wrote the screenplay, hired Jeffrey H. Smith, a prominent lawyer who specializes in domestic security and First Amendment issues, Mr. Smith confirmed on Friday. His mission is to represent Mr. Boal with regard to any approach from Congress or the executive branch in connection with their inquiries into the film’s depiction of torture in the hunt for Osama bin Laden.
I am so glad I didn’t spend my money on this movie at the theatre. It actually might be more f-cked up and problematic than DjangoUnchained and that’s saying something! Click the post title or that crazy screenshot of anti-Muslim tweets this movie seems to be stirring up to read the full New York Times article.
America’s Middle East policy has been enthusiastically endorsed. Not at the UN or Arab League, however, but by the powerbrokers of Hollywood. At the Golden Globes, there were gongs for a heroically bearded CIA spook saving hostages and American face in Iran (the film Argo); a heroically struggling agent tracking down Bin Laden (Zero Dark Thirty) and heroically flawed CIA operatives protecting America from mindless, perpetual terror (TV series Homeland).
Quentin Tarantino’s liberal use of the N-word over the course of his storied film directing career put in stark relief in this video anthology: is it context or subtext (or a more troubling racial fetishizing on his part)?
Jabari Presents: Issa Rae, The Awkward Black Girl (Documentary)
Issa Rae is the creator and star of the most popular urban web-series online today, The Mis-Adventures of Awkward Black Girl. I traveled to Los Angeles, California to get an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at season 2 and discuss what the future holds for Issa Rae. As she continues to achieve her goals as a professional in Hollywood, Issa is also taking on new responsibilities as a role model and shares how her newfound fame has influenced others.
Awkward Black Girl’s success has led her to a development deal with Shonda Rhimes (Gray’s Anatomy, Scandal) and ABC for a new show entitled “I Hate LA Dudes”.
Jabari Presents was made to inspire youth culture to chase their dreams by showcasing people who are living theirs. This is a story of executing an idea. This is Jabari Presents: Issa Rae, The Awkward Black Girl.
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So I actually ended going to see the movie Django Unchained despite massive reservations but this, if its legit (and it seems to be), is way beyond the pale of anything that could be considered even close to being in good taste. Smdh….