90 Migrants Are Feared Dead After a Boat Capsized Off the Coast of Libya

This tragedy shows the world can't continue to turn a blind eye to this crisis.

Another unfortunate event linked to the migrant crisis happened off the coast of Libya Friday morning, leaving 90 migrants dead after a boat capsized, AFP reports.


The International Organization for Migration (IOM) says the tragedy happened off the coast of Zuwara, where "10 bodies are reported to have washed up on Libyan shores," including two Libyans and eight Pakistanis.

There are only three survivors. Two swam to shore and the third was rescued by a fishing boat, the IOM adds.

The IOM has stressed again that the world should not turn a blind eye to this issue, citing that more than 6,600 migrants and refugees already entered Europe by sea this year. Sixty-five percent of the entries were though the central Mediterranean route into Italy.

It's also not too common to find Libyans amidst this tragic disaster, as there were no Libyan deaths recorded in 2017.

"They could have been smugglers," Joel Millman, IOM spokesperson, says to AFP.

The large number of Pakistanis who were found dead indicate a possible shift in migration trends, as there are other people from around the world aside from Africans who seek peace from volatile situations in their respective countries.

According to the IOM, Pakistanis made up the 13th largest group attempting to cross the Mediterranean in 2017. So far this year, they make up the third largest with an estimated 240 reaching Italy in January.

Photo courtesy of 1-54/SUTTON.

1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair Landing in Marrakech is 2018's Most Anticipated Art Event

The leading art fair dedicated to contemporary African art makes its mark on the continent for the first time this weekend.

This weekend, 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair, the leading art fair devoted to contemporary African art, will debut in Marrakech, Morocco. The announcement of the Fair's expansion to the continent last year has left aficionados of contemporary African art in eager anticipation of this "homecoming"—this author included.

1-54 debuted in London in 2013. Although an expansion to New York followed, a presence on the continent was always part of the long-term vision of the founder Touria El Glaoui. Finally, the time has now arrived.

Here are five reasons why we're looking forward to 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair Marrakech.

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This Olympic Figure Skater Blew Us Away Again By Pulling Off a Costume Change Mid-Routine

First Maé-Bérénice Méité performed to Beyoncé, now she's effortlessly slaying outfit changes mid-routine. What can't she do?

French-Congolese and Ivorian figure skater, Maé-Bérénice Méité, has pretty much been the life of the Winter Olympic figure skating competition.

Earlier this month, the athlete had the internet shook when she performed her opening routine to two Beyoncé songs. Now she's back with even more black girl magic.

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10 Stand Out Moments From Janelle Monáe's Powerful Music Videos

Janelle Monae came back making a statement—and we're just as obsessed as you are.

We've got to talk about Janelle Monáe.

Over the past half decade, she's embarked on a profound journey that's solidified her as an artist, creator and activist who isn't afraid to shoot down the stars—or shoot with them.

After having roles in Hidden Figures and Moonlight—two Oscar nominated movies where one won an Oscar, a stellar speech at the Grammy's and a stunning presence at the Black Panther red carpet, she's ready to grace us with "Dirty Computer," the latest musical venture in her Afrofuturistic saga.

To whet our appetites before the album, which is set to release on April 27, Janelle dropped not one but two music videos yesterday. Both are distinctly entertaining: one is a black, intersectional feminist anthem and the other a psychedelic soundtrack of sexual fluidity.

Watch both, then read some of the highlights we gathered from the hypnotizing visuals and powerful wordplay.

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