THE NOW, THE NEW, THE NEXT

What a strange year 2020 has turned out to be, right?

But “unprecedented” times really force you into evaluating what’s actually important and what’s actually just static. Here at Africa is Now, we took pause to think about what elixir is needed in times like these.

Our view? In a world that is constantly in flux and a society that constructs power structures as a way to control life’s natural chaos, the most powerful magical spell is unashamed, unabashed authenticity to self. It’s these authentic souls that will define the 21st century’s roaring twenties.

This world has outlawed (often literally but more often and more ominously socially too) the individual’s right to live their truth. It is in this world that the bold bravery of authentic living breathes life into the now, the new, the next.

In this spirit, we set about collaborating with some in the Mother City’s LGBTQIA+ community, providing a platform for a conversation about the commitment to oneself.

Championed by our magazine Creative Director, Chrisna de Bruyn, with styling, casting and curation by Gregory Russill, Cape Town based creative consultant, OUTLAWS is that conversation.

In partnership with WeAre_Creative, a local production company, and photographer Michael Oliver Love, we’re proud to release OUTLAWS, featuring Music Direction by the beloved artist Queezy and Movement Direction by the much-loved performer Chester Martinez – both also prominently star in the piece, alongside proudly queer models Michelle Drake, Fernando Denté, Ramsey Lewis, Jeremy Pelser, Olivia Sang and Chad-lee van Wyk.

It’s a celebration of authenticity that demands you stand up and take notice. In the now immortal words of ‘Pose’ star and LGBTIQIA+ activist, Dominique Jackson: we “will never, ever ask any of you for respect – [we] will demand it!”

To those who live their truth, we see you and we respect you.

To those who look down at anyone living their life, we can no longer see you – you belong to yesterday.  Today belongs the outlaws – the now, the new, the next!

PHOTOGRAPHER:  MICHAEL OLIVER LOVE @HERO 
STYLIST & ART & CAST DIRECTION:  GREGORY RUSSILL 
ASSITANT:  WESLEY JVR
WRITTEN BY KYLE BXSHXFF
SOUNDTRACK BY QUEEZY
PRODUCED BY AFRICA IS NOW MAGAZINE
MAKEUP SPONSORED BY MAC COSMETICS AFRICA
MAKEUP ARTISTS:  GARETH COLEMAN & MICHELLE-LEE COLLINS
MODELS:  QUEEZYCHESTER MARTINEZFERNANDO DENTE  @MYFRIENDNED,  JEREMY @BOSSMODELS,  OLIVIA SANG  @BOSS ,  MICHELLE DRAKE  @MYFRIENDNED, CHAD-LEE VAN WYK @TWENTYMODELMANAGEMENT 
FASHION DESIGNERS:  LARA KLAWIKOWSKI, THEBE MAGUGU @MERCHANTSONLONG, GAVIN RAJAH, CHULAAP @MERCHANTSONLONG, W35T, CRYSTAL BIRCH, GITHAN COOPOO @AKJP, LILY LABEL, PINA JEWELRY @AKJP
LOCATION:  INFINITY STUDIOS
FILM BY:  DILLON BUIRSKI & CHRISNA DE BRUYN & GREGORY RUSSILL
PRODUCTION: @WEARE_CREATIVE
DOP: PATRICK QUINN SPILSBURY @WEARE_CREATIVE
STEADY CAMERA OPERATOR:  RICHARD BELLON
1ST AC: THAAKIR ACKERMANN
2ND AC:  NICOLAS SPILSBURY
PRODUCTION:  CALVIN SHUSHU  @WEARE_CREATIVE
ANJA MARAIS @WEARE_CREATIVE
EDITOR:  LUKA SCOTT  @WEARE_CREATIVE
EDITOR:  ANNIKA
GAFFER:  JOHN MUREYMI
SPARK:  JOHN NDAKAKMA
SOUND TECHNICIAN: NICK RUHOFF