Thursday, 5 November 2015


"Allow me to introduce myself. My name is Malcolm Adekanbi. I'm a straight-A student with nearly perfect SAT scores. I play in a punk band with my friends and I'm a 90s hip hop geek. A bad day for most geeks would be being the butt of jokes but when you live in the Bottoms, a bad day could look like this."

It might be one of the best films to have come out in 2015 but if you don't have any interest in black popular culture you have probably never heard of it. Commercial black actors such as Denzel Washington and Will Smith did not take the lead in this film so you probably didn't feel the need to take interest.

The film which is centred around black youth culture is one of the best descriptions of how black young men are viewed in America and how black men and women who do not fit in struggle to find their identity.

If you are not American you might only watch this film for entertainment purposes but make the American accent South African. Adjust the '90s Hip Hop fashion to trends inspired by skhotanes and change locations from downtown Los Angeles to a South African township and all of a sudden Dope makes sense in South Africa.

Without giving too much away, the same struggles Malcom faced in Dope, is what South African men are also facing not only in townships but in white dominated suburbia as well. Black men and women who attended model C schools are not white enough for the white kids and not black enough for their black counterparts. They therefore make up the Diggy, Malcom and Jib of post apartheid South Africa.
You then find yourself wondering about what is black enough and white enough and what do you have to do to earn that title.

The film which was directed and written by Brown Sugar writer and director, Rick Famuyiwa stars Shameik Moore, Tony Revolori, Kiersey Clemons, A$AP Rocky as well as Zoƫ Kravitz.

When you do press play, please put my thoughts about this film aside and watch it to keep entertained because besides my politics, this is a great film. When you do reach the end, decide whether this film is a depiction of current social trends or just a film to make you laugh.

Famuyiwa out did himself with this film and it will be a cult classic for the men and women who were born in the 80s, 90s and years to come. I hope this is the type of work that inspires men and women from black communities to tell their stories, even if it means we have to laugh during the hardships.


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