Originally posted on Black Girl Nerds
The internet has given visibility to a variety of stories, experiences and viewpoints that otherwise wouldn’t have the chance to be seen by the masses. One success story is the well-deserved ascendancy of Issa Rae. We got to see her genius at work on the wonderful web series, The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl. The success of that show, which illustrated a black experience not often seen or appreciated, has given birth to opportunities for Rae to showcase her talent like on her new hit HBO show, Insecure.
The wonderful thing is that there is even more black talent in the web space flexing creative muscles. We should take notice. Below I’ve listed three black web shows that may pique your interest.
Tuko Macho is a Kenyan web series presented by The Nest Collective, a multidisciplinary group of creatives. It was featured at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival. Talk about making a splash. It’s a beautifully filmed interactive crime thriller that follows a masked vigilante and his crew that kidnaps alleged criminals in Nairobi and asks citizens to vote on whether the accused should be executed or not. It’s an elegantly dark and modern approach to the longstanding storyline of vigilante justice that questions the nature of crimes, consequences and morality. Tuko Macho means we are watching, which is exactly what we should be doing. Check out the show here.
Ackee & Saltfish is a short film turned web series that’s a wonderful look into the friendship of two dope black girls. Directed and written by Cecile Emeke, the show is filled to the brim with well-timed comedic moments that make up the lives of Olivia (Michelle Tiwo) and Rachel (Vanessa Babirye). I dare you to not binge watch, especially after witnessing the hilarity of episode one titled, The Lauryn Hill Tickets. It’s an instant classic in my humble opinion. Head here to get the laughs you deserve.
An African City has been compared by many to The Sex and the City. From the subject matter to the incredible fashion, it’s a valid comparison. Created by Ghanaian-born entrepreneur, writer and director Nicole Amerteifo, the show follows five privileged African women who have returned to their roots in Accra, Ghana, to reconnect with their culture, while searching for love and success. Turns out, it’s not always easy to go back home. An African City shows a side of Africa rarely seen in media. There are definitely aspects of the show that can be improved, but it has a lot of potential and room to grow. Season two has already kicked off in great style!
What web content are you guys hooked on these days?