Surfing. Street art. Hip hop. Topics not typically part of the news that comes from Africa, but that's the point of a new series of short films part of a project called My Africa Is.
The videos aim, in the project's words, to change the perception of Africa, with a focus on youth and innovation.
The first season focused on Africa's most populous country, Nigeria, and now in its second season, three new episodes take viewers to the West Coast of the continent and Senegal.
“This was something I wanted to do in the form of video," said Nosarieme Garrick, executive producer and host of the series. "To actually show individuals living and what their realities were on the continent, things you wouldn’t normally see."
That includes a visit to a local newscast, called Journal Rappé, delivered in the form of rapping, that has drawn thousands of viewers online. It also brings viewers to coastal villages, where local residents are tying surfing to tribal traditions.
"It's not about glossing over issues," said Garrick. "But more so, instead of painting pictures of victims, actually showing the real lives of what people are doing in spite of all the issues that we might face on the continent."
What: Premiere of the second season of My Africa Is
When: Wednesday from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Where: Almost Holden Collection: 2821 Ocean Park Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90405