Politics

A Prominent Critic of Rwandan President Paul Kagame Has Been Charged With Insurrection

Diane Rwigara, along with members of her family, has been charged with insurrection. This is yet another example of silencing dissent in Rwanda.

It seems that in Rwanda, one can't question the government without getting silenced. For prominent critic Diane Rwigara, she now faces serious charges for calling out injustice.


Rwandan prosecutors charged Rwigara, who's been critical of President Paul Kagame, with forgery and inciting insurrection against the state, News24 reports. If convicted of insurrection, she faces up to 15 years in prison.

Rwigara and some of her family members have been in jail since September 23—her mother and sister have also been charged. She also attempted to run against Kagame back in August, but was disqualified on grounds that "she lacked enough supporting signatures and had forged some."

She claims that the charges against her are politically motivated after she spoke out against Kagame's human rights record in the days leading up to her arrest.

“This is all linked to my political activities," Rwigara said to Human Rights Watch on September 13. “They would not let me campaign freely, and now they are after me and my family."

This isn't the only time the Rwandan government has tried to destroy Rwigara's name in light of her criticism. According to Human Rights Watch, nude photos of her were leaked on social media 72 hours after she announced her bid to run for president in May.

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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