One of the most anticipated movies in recent years is finally here. This masterpiece is a visual feast, a triumphant storytelling venture that puts Black people at the center of it all. From the director to lead and supporting actors, music composers and original songwriters, it seems Hollywood finally taking a gamble in showing African Americans in a different light is paying off...BIG!! Black Panther portraits Black people as powerful, smart and wealthy and all the actors deliver, including our very own home-grown veteran actors that Ayanda cornered on the red...well, actually, blue carpet: Connie Chiume and Dr. John Kani
MTV Africa is at it again, recognizing amazing talent in the music industry in Africa with its mega event commonly known as the MAMAs or the MTV Africa Music Awards. TMTv-SA caught up with some of the nominees from South Africa before the big event in Johannesburg.
Original African stories told from an African perspective by Africans are usually only limited to small audiences, or just confined to African screens or maybe even pushed straight-to-video. But once in a while, one of those stories forces its onto the world stage either by accident or by human resilience. In this case, 'Queen of Katwe' is one such - a story about a young Ugandan chess prodigy who uses her intellectual reflexes and natural survival instincts to dazzle, surprise and beat her competition. But her victories at a game of chess were not just about the game but rather about something more profound and more transcendent than the temporary high and self-gratifying pat on her shoulder. It really was more than just that. She fought for herself, her family, her community and the pride of an entire nation.
Mexican-born, Kenyan-raised Hollywood superstar and Oscar-winner, Lupita Nyongo'o lets her talent shine as she loses herself into the character of Nakku, playing alongside another African-raised Hollywood superstar, David Oyelowo. You know, when Disney takes on a story, that means your heart is about to be melted, your soul touched and your spirit moved. And that is exactly what happens in this movie. Though produced and distributed by Hollywood money, 'Queen of Katwe" is an African story that makes us all pride, for it was shot in Africa, had an almost African cast and crew. And that's definitely a big win for African. Ayanda Sky of TMTv-SA caught up with some of the cast and crew on the red carpet premiere event in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Emmanuel Castis, one of South Africa's most beloved actors has gone Hollywood! Yes, going Hollywood is a clear sign of a stellar career on the rise - and Emmanuel Castis' is shooting up (no pun intended) like a rocket. Having recently moved to Los Angeles, the capital of entertainment in the world, to add to his resume, Emmanuel returned home to South Africa for a brief moment to visit his family and friends. He sat down with TMTv-SA's Ayanda Sky for a candid conversation to talk about his move, his life in the City of Angels, his challenges and the future of his career in the land of opportunity, and of course, his debut on the longest running soap opera in the world: "General Hospital". One thing we know for sure, though, is that Emmanuel Castis will soon be a household name in Hollywood and around the world. Watch this space!