Legendary Nigerian-American Hip Hop documentarian Chi Modu teams up with Melanin Unscripted for a visual short highlighting his homecoming exhibition titled ‘Uncategorized’ that took place in Lagos, Nigeria in collaboration with Budweisers BUDX platform and MU. The video takes the viewer on a visual journey through New York and then Lagos with Chi Modu as he reflects on his dual upbringing and how that has led him to his homecoming exhibition in Nigeria that has allowed him to bridge two cultures.
While race and ethnic background has often been used as a way to disconnect people, “Melanin Stories” was created for the purpose of showing how our personal experiences have the power to connect us beyond the indietites we were born into. As a documentary series following a “day in the life” of creatives around the world ranging from fashion designers, models, musicians and visual artist, we expose the viewer to their personal journeys and how they have overcome obstacles of identity, environment and circumstance. The series will also give insight on what it’s like to be a a rising artist in different kinds of creative industries and how they differ in places like Europe, Asia and North America.
Black In Tokyo
Created with the intention of exposing people around the world to the black foreign experience in a homogenous country, Black in Tokyo follows five subjects, with origins ranging from West Africa to the U.S., narrating the different cultural challenges and opportunities of living in Tokyo, Japan. The film talks about the influence of black culture on youth culture in Asia, race relations, and representations of black people within the Japanese media. Through interviews with people from all walks of life, the project takes the viewer on a visual and narrative journey through Tokyo and examines the dichotomy between the preservation of personal customs while adopting new traditions.