I recently launched a new website, The Hollywood Shuffle, with my colleague Quibian Salazar-Moreno where our goal is to highlight Black and Latinos who are in Hollywood making moves but hiding in plain site from a mainstream and indie perspective. THS is a baby but things are shaping up nicely.
As much as I have been frustrated with what my industry has become, there are moments when my faith is restored again. Such is the case as I write this about a documentary I discovered entitled, Coming Home.
Quibian linked up with DJ EFN, a Miami-based entrepreneur and hip-hop head of Cuban decent who had never been to Cuba until he filmed the documentary chronicling his experience. His goal in going was two fold, to get a taste of his motherland as well as to examine hip-hop’s presence.
“We’re raised very steep in Cuban culture so we’re learning Spanish since being a baby, the food, the mannerisms, we grow up being Cuban. So I tell people that it feels like we lived in Cuba, even though we’d never been there. In the poster of our movie, it says ‘Going Back to a familiar place we’ve never been to.’ At the same time, a lot of my family members left escaping the revolution, they have a lot of harsh words and it’s a very sensitive topic,” said DJ EFN about his plans for the journey.
Eventually, his goal is to do more documentaries of this nature in other parts of the world from Haiti to the Middle East. Check out the trailer:
One place the documentary airs is Revolt TV but you can read the full interview with DJ EFN and find out where else you can see it over at The Hollywood Shuffle.