Trevor Noah has been selected to become the next host of the Emmy® and Peabody® Award-winning The Daily Show.
Noah joined The Daily Show in 2014 as a contributor. He made his U.S. television debut in 2012 on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and has also appeared on Late Show with David Letterman, becoming the first South African stand-up comedian to appear on either late night show. Noah has hosted numerous television shows including his own late night talk show in his native country, Tonight with Trevor Noah.
He was featured on the October 2014 cover of GQ South Africa and has been profiled in Rolling Stone, Newsweek and The Wall Street Journal, and by CNN and NPR’s Talk of the Nation, among others. He continues to tour all over the world and has performed in front of sold out crowds at the Hammersmith Apollo in London and the Sydney Opera House in Australia.
“12 year-old Adama lives in a remote village in West Africa, sheltered by the cliffs. Out, beyond, lies the land of breaths, the kingdom of wicked spirits hungry for war. When Samba, his elder brother, suddenly vanishes from the village, Adama decides to set off in search of him. Accompanied first by Abdou, a tragically lucid griot, then by Maximin, a street urchin who is his own negative twin, he crosses a Europe in the grip of war. Borne by the energy of desperation and the poetry of childhood, Adama travels to the hell of the frontline in order to free his brother and see his own initiatory journey through.” -Okayafrica.com
David Oyelowo has become the first black actor to play James Bond – in audiobook form at least.
After appearing as Martin Luther King to much acclaim in the film Selma, Oyelowo, 39, will portray 007 and other characters in a recording of Trigger Mortis, a new Bond novel by Anthony Horowitz, The Guardian reported.
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"How can anyone of African descent be worshiping the same tool used to uselessly murder their ancestors?"
Music artist Azizaa and rapper/video director Wanlov the Kubolor recently tackled this issue head-on with the video for Azizaa’s “Black Magic Woman” (watch it on link). Growing up between Accra and New York, Azizaa is a rising voice in Ghana. She speaks and occasionally sings in her native Ewe tongue, and has managed to always stay in touch with her Ghanaian roots.
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From Durban South Africa, Bheki (Henry) Cele (1949 - 2007) is the name of the brilliant actor who gave us that magnificent and riveting portrayal of the great Zulu Warrior King Shaka Zulu. He mostly spent the rest of his life out of the glare of the spotlight, no money, but teaching under privileged youth to play football until he died. Sadly, he died of a lung infection. He will always be remembered as our Shaka Zulu the King.
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"We failed to live up to our own standards of sensitivity and diversity"
The director and studio for the action-fantasy Gods of Egypt are apologizing after the film’s lack of diversity sparked backlash.
Directed by Alex Proyas and set in ancient Egypt, the tale of deities and mortals fighting over the fate of the world features several white actors in prominent roles, including Gerard Butler, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, and Brenton Thwaites. Many observers objected to the casting choices when characters posters and a trailer were unveiled earlier this month.
Proyas said in a statement Friday, “The process of casting a movie has many complicated variables, but it is clear that our casting choices should have been more diverse. I sincerely apologize to those who are offended by the decisions we made.”
Lionsgate, the studio behind Gods of Egypt, added, “We recognize that it is our responsibility to help ensure that casting decisions reflect the diversity and culture of the time periods portrayed. In this instance we failed to live up to our own standards of sensitivity and diversity, for which we sincerely apologize. Lionsgate is deeply committed to making films that reflect the diversity of our audiences. We have, can and will continue to do better.”
Forbes first reported Proyas and Lionsgate’s mea culpa.
Gods of Egypt is the most recent film to be criticized for “whitewashing” its cast. Others include the biblical epic Exodus: Gods and Kings, the romantic comedy Aloha, the LGBT rights drama Stonewall, the Peter Pan origin story Pan, and the sci-fi movie The Martian.
Gods of Egypt opens Feb. 26.
This article originally on EW.com
The character of lightsaber-wielding Finn, portrayed by Nigerian-British actor John Boyega, 23, is far, far smaller in the Chinese poster than the UK version.
The black British lead actor of the hotly-anticipated new Star Wars film has been virtually erased from a poster to promote the film in China.
Twitter users were unimpressed, with one calling the decision to reduce the image of Boyega as “profoundly wrong” and another “horrific”.
"This is no mere coincidence," the fan continued. "This is how Asian markets treat characters played by black actors other than Will Smith. The fact that this way of doing business went over Westerners' heads is surprising."
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South Africa has finally given us our first taste of what an African Super Hero should look like in a modern world. Do you think they nailed it from this trailer?
Announced at DISCOP AFRICA 2015 (the bi-annual pan-African film and television marketplace), "Jongo," a new superhero TV series from Johannesburg-based film and television studio, Motion Story, was picked up for distribution by Discover Digital, South African network e.tv and Ebony Life TV, to be distribution partners for the series, starting in 2016.
An 8-episode first season, shot primarily in Johannesburg, "Jongo" tells the story of a young man, Eli King, who acquires an array of supernatural abilities after he finds an alien crystal in a cave at the "Cradle of Humankind." As Eli tries to deal with the death of his father and sets out to find the men responsible, he must also grapple with the powers of the crystal and how it will indelibly alter the course of his life. What Eli doesn’t know is that the men he is hunting have crystals of their own and need Eli’s stone to fulfil an ancient and devastating prophecy, which will threaten the lives of millions.
Locally hailed as a game changer for continental African TV content, "Jongo" stars Pacou Mutombo, a dancer/actor. He is joined by Katlego Baaitse, who play Eli’s best friend Kay, Pauline Zwane as Eli’s girlfriend Maya, and Luthuli Dlamini as Noah, the head of an agency that protects the planet from alien activity.
Speaking to Screen Africa, writer and director of "Jongo," Gareth Crocker, said: “We wanted to showcase the beauty and dynamism of the continent and of South Africa in particular. So many films and TV shows focus on the problems Africans face. Jongo will emphasise all that is positive about this great continent of ours. We knew from the outset that we wanted to do something quite different from the other shows currently on air in this genre... We wanted to ensure authenticity – to produce something that people can connect with... In casting, we specifically sought out people who are closely aligned to the characters we’ve written.”
Discover Digital's Stephen Watson added: “It’s an original and uniquely African concept that has excellent production values.”
The series is executive produced by Chris Lawrance, and produced by Phillip Wolmarans. Fred Wolmarans co-directed along with Crocker.
DISCOP AFRICA takes place next in Abidjan, Cote D’Ivoire (May 31 – June 2, 2016). With pay-tv revenues expected to surge, a growing middle classes, a booming advertising marketplace and improving infrastructures, television content business in continental Africa is worth close to a reported $1 billion in annual revenues, twice as much as three years ago. DISCOP AFRICA plays host to independent producers, regional and global distributors, and broadcasters, pay-tv, mobile operators and alternative distribution platforms driving the growth of Africa’s multiscreen and televised entertainment industry.