Hakeem Kae-Kazim Discusses Slavery in the Golden Age of Piracy in Movie ‘Black Sails’

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Hakeem Kae-Kazim Discusses Slavery in the Golden Age of Piracy in Movie ‘Black Sails’

Nigerian-born and British-trained Actor Hakeem Kae-Kazim, describes the role Africans played in the golden age of piracy in an exclusive behind-the-scenes video from “Black Sails” presented by Zap2it. Hakeem who was trained in the UK at the elite Bristol Old Vic is one of the few Nigerian Hollywood stars, who became famous for his role in the Oscar nominated movie “Hotel Rwanda” and had since featured in several blockbuster movies like Lost, Pirates of the Caribbean, 24, King Solomon’s Mines, Wolverine, The Triangle, and award winning African movies including Man on Ground and Last Flight to Abuja.

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Mr. Scott, Kae-Kazim’s character in the movie shows an intriguing connection between the pirate world and the wealthier world of the Guthries, the family that runs New Providence which stood him out as a different kind of slave than most freed slaves had back then. According to Kae-Kazim “Slave ships were raided by these pirate ships, and so slaves on these ships would have a choice — they could either join the pirates or get thrown overboard, they were judged purely on their talent and effectiveness as sailors, not on the color of their skin. The only option for them was either slavery or this form of freedom, so they would fight hard and be braver than any of the other pirates.”


“He was a former slave, but he’s elevated himself to a very different position. … There’s a sense of self in him, there’s a different aspect of pride,” says Kae-Kazim. “‘Black Sails’ really treats all of this in a very, very interesting way and that’s why Kae-Kazim thinks this movie is worth watching.

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