Ruth E. Carter and Vic Mensa to Collaborate on South African Hip-Hop Biopic ‘African/American’

The newest inductee on the Hollywood Walk of Fame will make her production debut alongside the Roc Nation artist.

Coming 2 America and Black Panther: Wakanda Forever costume designer Ruth E. Carter will make her production debut with African/American, a hip-hop biopic based on the true story of Syd Money and his collaboration with South African hip-hop pioneer Linda Mkhize (aka ProKid)

Set during the post-apartheid Renaissance period in South Africa, Howard University alumni Sydney Hall, who will be played by Roc Nation artist and activist Vic Mensa, and ProKid helped to popularize a style of rapping that mixed both English and Kasi rap (IsiZulu and South African township slang) to become one of the most prolific producers to this day.

Together, they created a paradigm shift within South African hip-hop, and their projects—Heads & Tales, DNA and Dankie San—are considered indelible classics within the culture there. 

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“I am excited to tell this dynamic story about survival and cultural identities,” Carter said in an exclusive to BlackFilmAndTV.com. “‘African/American’ ignites the sense of right place, right time in a way that makes you believe that you can do anything you set your mind to.”

Thabang Moloba, who stars in Netflix’s Blood & Water, is in talks to play ProKid alongside Mensa, who is currently recurring on Season 4 of Showtime’s The Chi and appears in Saul Williams’ TIFF-debuted Akilla’s Escape. In addition to Carter and Mensa’s contributions, writer-director Skye Dennis (Myra’s Angel) will direct a script written by actor Jamie Burton-Oare (Soulful Steps).

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