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The TV shows and Black Movies we can’t Wait to SEE

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A of black-oriented movies and television shows debuted at the American Black Film Festival earlier this month, celebrating the brilliance and creativity of black art.

There are a lot of black films and TV shows to look forward to this summer.

Here’s a list of six must-see productions showcasing the talent of black casts, producers, directors, and writers.

INSECURE (SEASON 3)

On the 18th of June, HBO released the first trailer for the highly anticipated third season of Insecure. Revealing that Issa, played by lead actress and show creator Issa Rae, may finally be over her ex Lawrence (Jay Ellis).

In the clip, she is seen enjoying single life with her best friend Molly (Yvonne Orji), Tiffany (Amanda Seales), and Kelli (Natasha Rothwell). However, she may GO BACK TO her fling with Daniel (Y’lan Noel), who also makes an appearance in the promo.

Official synopsis: Modern-day black women might be described as strong and confident; in other words, just the opposite of Issa and

and Molly. As the best friends deal with their own real-life flaws, their insecurities come to the fore as together they cope with an endless series of uncomfortable everyday experiences. Created by co-star Issa Rae and writer/comic Larry Wilmore (The Daily Show With Jon Stewart), the comedy series looks at the friendship of two black women in a unique, authentic way. It features the music of both indie and established artists of color, and touches on a variety of social and racial issues that relate to the contemporary black experience.

Network: HBO

Release date: August 12, 2018

SUPERFLY 

Superfly puts a modern-day spin on the 1972 blaxploitation classic, starring Trevor Jackson as the antihero.

Set in Atlanta, the movie is filled with fancy cars, hip-hop, and strip clubs. The Sony and Silver Pictures’ reboot debuted on June the 13tg earning an estimated $1.2 million.

Official synopsis: Cocaine kingpin Youngblood Priest realizes that it’s time to get out of the game after surviving a violent attack from a crazed rival. Hoping for one last score, Priest and his partner travel to Mexico to arrange a deal.

The career criminal now finds himself trying to outmaneuver the cartel, two corrupt police officers and all the double-crossers that threaten his path to freedom.

Release date: June 13

 

LUKE CAGE (SEASON 2)

Cheo Hodari Coker’s adaption of Marvel’s Luke Cage has been a fan favorite since the streaming series first premiered in 2016.

The superhero series features an all-star Melanin cast of actors, including Mike Colter, Simone Missick, Alfre Woodard, Mustafa Shakir, Gabrielle Dennis, and Rosario Dawson.

Official synopsis: After clearing his name, Luke Cage (played by actor Mike Colter) has become a celebrity on the streets of Harlem, with a reputation as bulletproof as his skin.

But being so visible has only increased his need to protect the community and find the limits of who he can and can’t save. With the rise of a formidable new foe, Luke is

limits of who he can and can’t save. With the rise of a formidable new foe, Luke is forced to confront the fine line that separates a hero from a villain.

Network: Netflix

Premiere date: June 22

 

Love Is

 

Love Is_ is a new romantic series that gives us the ‘90s nostalgia.

The show is based on the real-life romance of award-winning producer Mara Brock Akil—the mastermind behind GirlfriendsThe Game, and Being Mary Jane— and her husband Salim Akil. Set in 1990s L.A., actors Michele Weaver and William Catlett play Mara and Salim when they first started dating back in 1997.

Official synopsis: Michele Weaver and Will Catlett star in OWN’s new romantic drama Love Is___, from award-winning producers Mara Brock Akil (GirlfriendsBeing Mary JaneThe Game) and Salim Akil (Black Lightning).

Set in 1990s Los Angeles against the backdrop of Black Hollywood, Love Is___follows Nuri (Michele Weaver) and Yasir (Will Catlett), a couple from seemingly opposite worlds, as they chase their dreams and learn to follow their hearts.

Told from the perspective of the couple’s present-day selves, the romantic drama also revisits the social issues and vibrant black culture of that time reflecting on how it all aligned to shape the couple they have become nearly 20 years later—a power couple navigating a complex set of social codes while also balancing successful careers and a beautiful family. Drawing inspiration from creators Mara Brock Akil and

Salim Akil’s own relationship journey, the series explores the highs, the lows, and the magic of falling (and staying) in love.

Network: OWN

Premiere date: June 19

 

SORRY TO BOTHER YOU

Sorry To Bother You is an Afro-futuristiccomedy that pushes an anti-capitalist message.

Official synopsisSorry To Bother You is an alternate present-day version of Oakland. Telemarketer Cassius Green (Lakeith Stanfield) discovers a magical key to professional success, propelling him into a macabre universe.

The ensemble cast consists of Lakeith Stanfield, Tessa Thompson, Armie Hammer, Terry Crews, Steven Yeun, Omari Hardwick, Jermaine Fowler, and Danny Glover.

The film is written and directed by Boots Riley and produced by Nina Yang Bongiovi, Forest Whitaker, Charles D. King and George Rush with distribution by Annapurna Pictures.

 

Release date: July 6

BLACKKKLANSMAN

Extraordinary filmmakers Spike Lee and Jordan Peele teamed up to produce one of the most highly anticipated movies of the summer, BlacKkKlansman.

Official synopsis: From visionary filmmaker Spike Lee comes the incredible true story of an American hero.

It’s the early 1970s, and Ron Stallworth (John David Washington) is the first African-American detective to serve in the Colorado Springs Police Department. Determined to make a name for himself, Stallworth bravely sets out on a dangerous mission: infiltrate and expose the Ku Klux Klan.

The young detective soon recruits a more seasoned colleague, Flip Zimmerman (Adam Driver), into the undercover investigation of a lifetime.

Together, they team up to take down the extremist hate group as the organization aims to sanitize its violent rhetoric to appeal to the mainstream. Produced by the team behind the Academy-Award® winning film Get Out.

Release date: August 10,2018

 

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Melanin Wonder opens a fashion branch called RUFU

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ABOUT RUFU

We are RUFU – Royal Urban Fashion United, a joint marketplace and selling point for you! We are Official partner of African Fashion Week #AFWA2022 and a branch of the online platform & magazine Melanin Wonder. In partnership with African Fashion week, we offer our services to global causes for supporting diversity and inclusion. Our strength is in unity and our love for people and in embracing who we are. Our mission is to increase global awareness and sustainably intensify African fashion, lifestyle, culture, arts and music. 

IDENTITY

With RUFU we embrace our roots as descendants of Kings and Queens and yet abandon stereotypes. We break free from cultural barriers and serve all humankind by giving voice to the colors of opportunity and divine creativity. We are empowering the next generation with the best of contemporary fashion, giving credit to our ancestors. We are opening up the door for opportunity, the latest technology and a new way of doing conscious fair trade. We connect the right audience with the right designers and unite them on ONE platform.

OUR AWARENESS

We aim for awareness and positive perception of the melanated community with a variety of platforms investing in mediums to promote intrinsic artistry, encouraging the use of recyclable materials, fair trade and ethical labor practices. Why? Because the fashion industry is one of the most polluting, as well as one of the most energy and resource intensive. With RUFU we support significant actions that go above and beyond what customers are already expecting of today’s demands and join forces with the industry’s final transition to a new sustainable model. 

OUR COMMON GOAL

In the midst of promoting the beauty of arts and culture our aim is to support sustainable fashion all over the world. Under our umbrella we bring together products, processes, activities, and actors (policymakers, brands, and consumers) working toward a carbon-neutral fashion industry based on equality, social justice, animal welfare, and ecological integrity. We are looking for brands who create the best outfits with less waste, paying fair wages & providing proper working conditions. Brands who are on a mission to reduce Co2 & other greenhouse emissions, always saving water in production and also saving animals lives!

ABOUT OUR BUSINESS 

We are a small but fast growing online business incorporated and based in Amsterdam, The Netherlands that specializes in a wide variety of trending products.

Our business is setup for online sales only to keep the costs down and pass on all of the savings to you. By offering our products online we can save you up to 70% of retail prices. All our products are of great quality and come with a back or exchange guarantee.

We make customer service the most important aspect of our business. We like to offer personal and genuine customer service rather than the robotic style you get from other large corporations.

Our team of customer service staff can be contacted by email at info@rufu.fashion, and are dedicated to ensuring that every one of our customer’s expectations are exceeded.

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MO’NIQUE TO FILM FIRST NETFLIX STAND-UP SPECIAL AND WHOLE NETFLIX MOVIE

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In a video with the tweet, Mo’Nique said, “Can y’all believe this s—?” I done came on home to Netflix.”

She also plugged her upcoming movie “The Deliverance,” saying, “And in case you didn’t hear, I’m also reuniting with my friend, my brother, director Lee Daniels on the Netflix film ‘The Deliverance.’ You won’t want to miss either of them, so y’all stay tuned! And thank y’all my sweet babies. I love us for real.”

 

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HET HUIS VAN ASPORAAT & KAAP HOLLAND START ​HUNTU PRODUCTIONS

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The brothers Jandino and Kenneth Asporaat, founders and owners of production house Het Huis van Asporaat, and producer Maarten Swart of Kaap Holland start the production label Huntu Productions. Huntu Productions is part of Kaap Holland and Het Huis van Asporaat and develops and produces inclusive comedy and drama (web)series with creators of all backgrounds for a Dutch audience. Huntu Productions recently produced the new feature film BON BINI HOLLAND 3, in collaboration with Kaap Holland Film, Het Huis van Asporaat and WW Entertainment. Huntu Productions develops and produces projects for multiple broadcasters and platforms.

Kenneth Asporaat & Jandino Asporaat Founders and Owners of Huis van Asporaat

 

Het Huis van Asporaat and Kaap Holland have worked together previously on Bon Bini Holland, Bon Bini Holland 2 and Bon Bini: Judeska in da House, films that were big commercial hits in the Netherlands and abroad. Bon Bini Holland, Bon Bini Holland 2 and Bon Bini: Judeska in da House were all three awarded the Golden Calf Audience Award by the Dutch public. Huntu Productions was involved in Bon Bini: Judeska in da House as co-producer.

“Huntu Productions makes comedy and drama (web)series for a Dutch audience. Together with the knowledge and talent of Jandino and Kenneth Asporaat we develop and produce bold projects with creators of all backgrounds, and behind the scenes we also work with people who reflect society, expressly giving opportunities to a new generation of crew members”, says producer Maarten Swart. “With Huntu Productions we want to make the seemingly impossible possible”, Jandino and Kenneth Asporaat add, expanding on Maarten Swart’s words. “We think it’s important to work from our gut-feeling and to not only recognize opportunities but to use them as well. With this collaboration we are building a bridge from the current world to a new one, where there are opportunities for everyone.”

 

About Het Huis van Asporaat

Het Huis van Asporaat is a leading producer of appealing online formats, films (Bon Bini Holland, Bon Bini Holland 2, Bon Bini: Judeska in da House, Bon Bini Holland 3), TV shows (De Dino Show, Wat een Suikerfeest!), theater concepts (Caribbean Combo in Ahoy, Comedy & Concert in De Kuip, Ramadan Conference) and artist management (i.a. Jandino Asporaat, Shirma Rouse, Edson da Graça). Their programs find their way to theaters at home and abroad, as well as to commercial TV stations.

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About Kaap Holland

Kaap Holland is an independent Dutch production studio that produces films, series, webseries and podcasts. Kaap Holland consists of the production companies and labels Kaap Holland Film, Kaap Holland Series, Wonderboys, Dead Duck Productions and Wet Blanket, and works together with the renowned production companies Big Blue and Circe Films. Kaap Holland aims to bring ambitious and impactful films, series and podcasts to wide audiences. Films and series that Kaap Holland has (co-)produced or has in (pre)production are Bon Bini Holland 3, Sea of Time, Dunkirk, Random Shit, Bon Bini: Judeska in da House, Ron Goossens: Low-Budget Stuntman, Koeriers, Krazy House, The Goldfinch and A Beautiful Imperfection.

 

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Kanye West Sells Documentary to Netflix for $30M – 21 Years in the Making

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A multi-part documentary series featuring never-before-seen home videos and other rare footage of Kanye West is coming to Netflix in 2021 via two music-video and filmmakers who have been chronicling the artist-turned-billionaire entrepreneur’s life and work for more than 20 years.

“The mini series about Kanye sold to Netflix has no name yet.”

Sources familiar with the project say the streaming service has acquired the yet-to-be titled project from TIME Studios and Clarence “Coodie” Simmons and Chike Ozah — more commonly known as Coodie & Chike — who directed two of  Kanye West’s first videos, “Through the Wire” and the third version of “Jesus Walks.”

Coodie and Chike directors and filmmakers

(In a 2014 interview with Billboard, Simmons said that West asked them to take another crack at interpreting the song because, he said, the first two versions, helmed by other directors, “don’t have the soul and feeling that I want.”

Netflix Documentary

This is what you can expect from the new documentary: One source says “Coodie” has been filming Kanye since the 1990’s in Chicago and their relationship will serve as the backbone of the series.

Kanye West in the 1990's producing beats in the studio

Which will tell the rapper and the producer’s success and fame’s impact on Ye and Hip Hop’s impact on popular culture. As well as the world’s evolving relationship with celebrities. 

A second source says, it will also deal with the death of Kanye’s mother Donda West and the impact it had on him. His personal revolution in recent years, his successful move into fashion design and his unsuccessful run for president in 2020.

Rapper Kanye West holds his first rally in support of his presidential bid in North Charleston, South Carolina, U.S. July 19, 2020.  REUTERS/Randall Hill

It is unclear however whether the series will chronicle his on going divorce from Kim Kardashian.While Kanye is not creatively involved in the production, the second source says he’s essentially giving his support by allowing himself to be filmed by Clarence and Chike for 21 years! So their creative control company will produce along side TIME Studios

For everything we know head to homepage melaninwonder.com

Until next time!

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