Blacks in Korean Media, From Movies to Music

Its no mystery that much of Korean music is influenced by black artists, but its not common to see blacks in Korean media. Especially in the recent years, as Kpop has become more popular worldwide, we’ve started seeing blacks appearing in Korean movies, and music videos.

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Abu Dod

Abu Dod

Abu Dod is a Ghanaian actor who has had a role in 2010 movie, “초능력자 (Haunters)” with Go Soo, and Kang Dong Won as Bubba. He also appeared in 2011 movie, “페이스메이커 (Pacemaker)” along side Kim Myeong Min as Bongjo.

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Mauika Hicks

Mauika Hicks is famous in the Kpop world for having appeared in Jay Park’s (aka Jaebeom) 2012 MV, “Know Your Name.”

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G-Dragon

G-Dragon featured three black (or half black) children in his 2012 MV for, “One of a Kind.”

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Akon

The Wonder Girls featured Akon in there 2012 song, “Like Money,” and he did appear in the music video.

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C.N Blue

A black man appear (and get his butt whooped) in C.N Blue’s 2011 MV for “직감 (Intuition)” as a security guard.

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Boom Di Boom Di

Stony Skunk filmed their 2007 MV for “Boom Di Boom Di” in Jamaica, and featured lots of dancing black women in bikinis.

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Crown J

Crown J featured Young Dro (a few scantily clad black girls) in his 2011 song, and MV “I’m Good” for his U.S debut.

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7 thoughts on “Blacks in Korean Media, From Movies to Music

  1. I haven’t followed K-pop much since 6-7yr ago, so it might be different. I can’t remember who did first, but this musician featured a good looking black model/musician in a music video and it was thought as “authentic” and “true R&B” even though the music wasn’t that well produced. I think the level of music quality, cultural education, globalization is much polished compared to then. So people in the K-pop industry probably have a better understanding of what they actually need to accomplish success. 🙂

    1. in terms of quality, its kinds of getting shabby lately because of all the artists that have debuted in the last two years. Some artists are consistent and give you greatness, but others are just putting out anything.

  2. I agree. But at the same time, I feel sad that Koreans use a certain race just to make their product more distinctive than others. At the same time, I do feel there’re a lot of emotional connectors between Korean and Black culture such as music, love dancing and singing, food, value of friends and family, etc.

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