[Blackstudies-l] British Nigerian Actress Shines a Light on Colorism in a Netflix Documentary

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You Need to See the Trailer for Beyonce's 'Black is King'
Dropping on July 31st, Beyonce's latest effort, a visual album inspired by
African culture and lore, promises to be a sensorial delight.  Including
contributions from a galaxy of stars from the diaspora, the production
tells the story of a young black man's journey to adulthood and the
reclamation of his throne. His ancestors help guide him towards his
destiny, and with his father's teachings and guidance from his childhood
love, he earns the virtues needed to reclaim his home and throne. African
fans of Beyoncé were initially up in arms as it was revealed that the album
would be centered around African culture and artifacts, but not be
available to stream on the African continent. This has now been rectified
as a distribution deal has allowed a number of African countries, including
South Africa, Nigeria, Ghana, Namibia, Cameroon, Burundi, Senegal, Togo,
Congo, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Cape Verde and many more, to have access to the
July 31st release.

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Nigeria's Nollywood is Remaking Classic Movies to Maximize Box Office
Revenue in the Netflix Era

Nollywood is about to experience a lot of deja vu. With nostalgia
apparently trending at the box office, the studios are scrambling to
produce remakes of Nollywood classics. Thanks to advances in production
quality and breadth of distribution, the profit opportunity for new
releases has grown exponentially, and the studios see a sweet spot in
remaking the tried and true. Over the next 12 months, as many as five 1990s
classic films in Nigeria’s Nollywood movie industry are getting either a
sequel or being remade. What might have represented a risk for
producers—adapting nearly thirty-year old films for a younger, millennial
audience that dominates box office attendances—was validated by last year’s
success of Living In Bondage: Breaking Free, a sequel to its 1992 original.
Despite a story that had strong ties to its prequel, the movie proved a
hit, becoming the top-grossing Nollywood film of 2019. And, in the wake of
the film’s success, a revival of even more Nollywood classics is on the
cards over the next 18 months.

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Artists across Africa Revive the Art of the Mask

At the same time that the current moment has seen a proliferation of masks,
whether for health or political reasons, there has been a similar
resurgence of focus on the medium among African artists. In so doing,
however, they're tapping ancient traditions in which masks were more likely
to symbolize beauty or wonder than inspire fear.

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British Nigerian Actress Shines a Light on Colorism in a Netflix
Documentary

Skin,' a new documentary on Netflix, explores the issue of discrimination
within Nigeria based on skin tone. Its producer, Beverly Naya, a
British-Nigerian actress is no stranger to colorism and has worked hard to
build her self-confidence and aid others in embracing the beauty of dark
skin. Unlike racism, colorism is the discrimination of people based on skin
shades and is prevalent among people of the same ethnic or racial group.
"Skin," an hour-long documentary, compiles the stories of Black women in
Nigeria who have been treated differently for having dark skin. They speak
openly about the pressures of being defined by their skin color. In many
parts of Africa, light skinned women are considered more beautiful.
Contrary to their dark skinned counterparts, they are likely to succeed in
fields like entertainment, marketing and the tourism industry.

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Fashion and E-Commerce: Making it Work for African Designers

Retail fashion is undergoing a tumultuous transition at the moment, but
even online ventures have been subject to bumps and bruises, particularly
during the pandemic.  Nevertheless, glimmers of hope continue to emerge,
and African fashion designers have several new platforms, such as Industrie
Africa, providing a critical engine for advancement. AFI Designer Boutique,
created by Dr Precious Moloi-Motsepe’s African Fashion International in
2019, was designed to help promote African luxury fashion designers to the
global stage and sell their products via the platform. More recently,
online retail “destination” Industrie Africa, the brainchild of
Tanzania-born Nisha Kanabar and which launched in 2018 as a sort of
well-curated encyclopaedia of young, upcoming and established African
fashion designers, has also leapt into e-commerce.

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Rising Sea Levels and more Dramatic Weather Events are Endangering African
Destinations

Spanning approximately 229,000 miles and just off the coast of Southeast
Africa, the island of Madagascar is dense with diverse wildlife. This
zoological wonderland is at risk, though, as a warming planet continues to
place intense pressure on the island’s ecology. Extended dry seasons have
put fresh bamboo shoots in short supply, which feed Madagascar’s population
of lemurs, and more frequent flooding and rising sea levels are destroying
delicate habitats such as mangrove forests. Meanwhile, coral bleaching in
coastal reefs threatens the survival of many marine species.  Lagos is home
to dozens of gorgeous white-sand beaches, but its proximity to the ocean is
part of the problem: The increased frequency of heavy rainstorms are
putting serious strain on the city’s infrastructure, and rising sea levels
only serve to exacerbate the issue.

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All Clear for Egypt Visitors

Egypt’s tourist hotspots of Hurghada and South Sinai have reported no
COVID-19 cases for the first time since February, the country’s health
minister announced this week. The lack of cases is a positive indicator to
boost tourism, information minister Ossama Heikal quoted the country’s
tourism minister as saying. The countries deputy tourist minister Ghada
Shalaby said on July 14 that no new coronavirus cases have been reported in
Egypt’s tourist governorates since 11 days.

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Virtual Tourism in Africa Takes Off

African countries are offering tourists from all over the world the chance
to travel the continent and even go on safari by virtual means. But is this
a satisfactory substitute for the real thing? Since the coronavirus
pandemic broke out, the tourism industry has collapsed across all the
countries in Africa. National parks and hotels are empty and there is no
trace of tourists, as they are all stuck at home. But several African
tourism associations have come up with the idea of supplying avid travelers
with digital impressions of the continent during the pandemic. Safaris in
Kenya, strolls through the Namib Desert in Namibia, paragliding in South
Africa or standing on the edge of the Victoria Falls at the border between
Zambia and Zimbabwe: All of these experiences can now be enjoyed at home by
virtual tourists. In a few weeks' time, the first package tourists from
Europe are due in Rwanda again. Tanzania, known for its lax approach to the
coronavirus crisis, is already welcoming tourists, and Namibia has reopened
its national parks. Kenya will allow tourists in from August 1 and South
Africa's tourism industry hopes to be able to open for business from
September 2020 — whether that will really be the case, however, remains
uncertain, as cases of coronavirus infection are currently rising.
Countries like Uganda will probably have to wait a bit longer.

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Travellers to Botswana will Soon be Able to Complete Visa Applications
Online

This will enable visitors to Botswana to obtain a visa online and will
provide seamless entry at land and air arrival points in the country.
Online visas are becoming more popular as both governments and travellers
are increasingly embracing the digital age. Visa requirements for many
countries are already available online, and more countries have also
introduced the option to obtain a visa online soon.

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Africa Travel Expo Does the Digital Route

OurAfrica.Travel, a new virtual meeting platform connecting Africa's travel
trade with global buyers has hit the ground running with a series of
networking events (within various geographical regions) confirmed for the
August scheduled 16-day online event. Launched early July 2020,
OurAfrica.Travel 2020 replaces the industry’s traditional brick-and-mortar
exhibition experiences, which has been hard by the COVID-19 lockdown and
subsequent cancellation of numerous travel trade shows and exhibitions. As
such, OurAfrica.Travel will connect African suppliers such as hotels,
lodges, activity operators and inbound operators with global buyers, via
pre-scheduled one-on-one, face-to-face virtual meetings. So far over 150
exhibitors from countries across Africa have been registered, with over 120
buyers signed up to date. These include Private Safaris Switzerland, Swain
Destinations, Swagman, FTI Touristik, Lusso and The Africa Adventure
Company.

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