Cecile Emeke Isn’t Worried About Hollywood

It is vital that we continue to create, support & promote the multidimensional voices/narratives of the African-Black diaspora throughout the World.

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The work of the Jamaican-British filmmaker Cecile Emeke offers a portal into a world rarely seen on American screens: the everyday experiences and culture of black youths in Europe, rendered with a complexity and depth that is exhilarating to watch. Jenna Wortham interviewed her for this article in The New York Times.

I first came across Emeke’s work by way of a short video series called “Strolling”: simple yet beautifully shot interviews with young women and men about social and political issues. I haven’t been able to stop watching since. The series offers a lush look book of fresh-to-death fashion and riveting discussions around topics like Afrofuturism, colorism and respectability politics — topics that are rarely touched upon in coverage of black youth culture.

On Feb. 8, Emeke released the short film “Ackee & Saltfish,” which follows two best friends as they wander around East London in search…

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