Vic Mensa has landed another acting role. The Roc Nation artist and activist is set to star in the hip hop drama African/American, according to The Shadow League.
The film highlights the rise of South Africa’s hip hop scene and is based on the true story of Sydney “Syd Money” Hall, whom Mensa portrays, and his work with South African hip hop pioneer Linda “ProKid” Mkhize. It takes place during the post-apartheid renaissance period in South Africa and draws from both the African and African-American experiences.
African/American predominantly delves into the collaborative creation of ProKid’s revered Heads and Tales album. African/American is being produced by famed costume designer Ruth E. Carter. While Carter has contributed to School Daze, Coming 2 America, Do The Right Thing, Black Panther and its forthcoming sequel as a costume designer, this movie will serve as her first foray into producing.
“I am excited to tell this dynamic story about survival and cultural identities. 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,” Carter told The Shadow League.
African/American is also a tribute to ProKid, who passed away in 2018 due to a hemosuccus pancreaticus. South African actor Thabang Moloba from Netflix’s “Blood & Water” is in talks to portray ProKid alongside Mensa’s character Syd Money. The script was written by Jamie Burton-Oare and Skye Dennis, who will also direct. Lanre Idewu, who worked on HBO Max’s “South Side,” will also produce the film.
“African/American is one of the first projects of many more to come aimed at creating true collaboration across the continents for the purpose of bridging the African diaspora. It’s coming… you can feel it in the air. It’s not just a movie, it’s a movement,” Idewu said.