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ISSA RAE

OkayAfrica's 100 Women celebrates African women who are making waves, shattering ceilings, and uplifting their communities.

The self-proclaimed “awkward black girl” first captured audiences with her hit web series (The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl), which premiered on YouTube in 2011. Born Jo-Issa Rae Diop to a Senegalese father and an American mother, the LA-native grew up between California, Maryland and Senegal. Rae attended Stanford University where she studied African American studies before beginning a career in the arts.




Awkward Black Girl became a social media phenomenon, garnering over 20 million views on YouTube, and winning the Shorty Award in 2013 for Best Web Show. Issa Rae spun the series into a critically acclaimed novel by the same title, released in 2015.



That same year, HBO picked up the pilot for what was to become the author, producer and show runner’s game-changing television show, Insecure. The series premiered in 2016 to rave reviews and it has been picked up for a second season. Rae earned a Golden Globe nomination for "Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series," for her role as a public school teacher "Issa Dee."



Issa Rae is a brilliant self-starter with a commitment to expanding portrayals of black womanhood on television. When we watch Issa Rae on screen, we get to watch bits of ourselves. Her work gives the awkward amongst us, unprecedented permission to own our quirks and our blackness all at the same time.



-DD

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Watch Sipho the Gift's New Music Video for 'Hold Up'

The talented South African MC drops a vibrant visual for his latest single.

Sipho the Gift is the budding South African rapper who is known for his bold and thought-provoking lyricism.

He just released the music video for "Hold Up," his groovy new single.

"It's a song about young love and I wanted that to translate through to the visuals by telling a love story," he tells us.

Shot in Cape Town by Jasyn Howes with the help of VideoCartel, this video captures the subtle joys of youth and romance.

Check out Sipho the Gift's new music video for "Hold Up" below.

You can also watch the music video in full over at iTunes.

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News Brief

A Film Based on a Novel by Acclaimed Kenyan Author Ngugi wa Thiong'o Is In the Works

Nollywood director Kunle Afolayan is developing Ngugi's novel "Matigari" with Kenyan and South African filmmakers.

A novel by Kenya's own Ngugi wa Thiong'o is being adapted to a film, Brittle Paper reports.

Nollywood director Kunle Afolayan shared at the Africa Movie Academy Awards that Ngugi's 1987 work, Matigari, is in development with Kenyan and South African filmmakers, who have yet to be revealed.

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Music

Listen to Wizkid's Catchy New Track 'Gucci Snake' Featuring Slimcase

The highly anticipated track is finally here.

Wizkid has had a huge year, dropping a number of singles and unforgettable features, but he's not done yet.

Today, the Nigerian megastar has dropped the much-talked about single "Gucci Snake" featuring fellow Naija artist Slimcase. Wizkid had been teasing the highly-anticipated song throughout the year and it's finally here for fans to enjoy.

"Gucci Snake," is a catchy jam that sees Wizkid bragging over upbeat production. It's a departure from the mid-tempo vibes of many of his more recent singles like "Fever" and "Master Groove," which he released last month. This one is sure to be on rotation at all the parties as the holidays approach.

Early this month, the artist appeared on two tracks from star producer Metro Boomin's latest album, and according to the producer, we can expect more music from the two of them in the near future, which means we have even more Starboy to look forward to.

For now, listen to "Gucci Snake" below.

Wizkid – Gucci Snake Ft. Slimcase youtu.be


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