Wednesday, October 19, 2011

afro empowerment in the form of an intelligent porno-musical

Simone Valentino as AfroDite
My new article at Good Vibrations Magazine is up today, featuring AfroDite Superstar (2007). With allusions to Spike Lee’s Do the Right Thing (1989), AfroDite Superstar is an intelligent porno-musical that excels cinematically on all levels, delivering strong performances and a terrific soundtrack. The lead actress, Simone Valentino, won a Feminist Porn Award as Best New Star in 2007 for her performance as AfroDite.

The film follows the journey of AfroDite, a young black Beverly Hills woman who wants to become a rap star on her own terms. Interspersed throughout the film are compelling home video monologues in which AfroDite finds an outlet for her thoughts and fears, insecurities and longings.

Visit my column at Good Vibrations Magazine to read my longer post (an adapted excerpt from my book).
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