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This Muslim Woman Was Detained and Harassed On Her Way to Rome

"Islamophobia is rife—it's real" says this woman in a now viral video.

In case you need to be reminded, Islamophobia is real and it has a genuine impact on Muslims trying to go about their daily lives. As @grimworldview says in her now viral snapped/tweeted video, while she and another headscarf wearing companion were attempting to fly from London to Rome, they were targeted interrogated for two hours and had their DNA and fingerprints taken.


While seemingly random, the legal framework that allow officers to do this in the UK, as @grimworldview notes is Schedule 7 of the Terrorism Act. According to a Guardian article last year Special Branch officers have randomly stopped and questioned "up to 85,000 travellers a year at Britain's ports and airports."

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A study by the equalities and human rights commission found that schedule 7 was having the "single most negative impact" on British Muslim communities. "For some Muslims, these stops have become a routine part of their travel experience" and the power "is silently eroding Muslim communities' trust and confidence in policing," it said.

Meanwhile in the United States, laws already stacked against Muslim travelers were given a boost when the Supreme Court ruled that Trump's latest version of a ban on travel to the United States from six Muslim-majority countries could go into effect, even as lower courts debate its constitutionality.

How that kind of high-level Islamophobia trickles down to the masses is hard to quantify but anecdotally it seems to be rife among Trump supporters. Another video went viral last week of a woman confronting a family of Trumpists after they referred to her 5-year-old cousin as a terrorist. Watch it below:

Rania Yasin, the woman who filmed the video's cousin, then posted it on Twitter where the racists were quickly identified.

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Former UN Secretary General and Nobel Peace Laureate, Kofi Annan, Has Died

The celebrated Ghanaian humanitarian and the first black African to serve as head of the UN, passed away on Saturday at the age of 80.

Kofi Annan, the seventh UN Secretary General and Nobel Peace Laureate, passed away on Saturday morning following a brief illness. "His wife Nane and their children Ama, Kojo and Nina were by his side during the last days," read a family statement. He was 80.

Annan was the first black African to serve as head of the United Nations, holding the prestigious position from 1997 to 2006. He was lauded for his global humanitarian work, eventually earning Annan and the UN a Nobel Peace Prize in 2001 for "their work for a better organized and more peaceful world."

Annan was head of the UN during the onslaught of the Iraq War, proving to be one of the most challenging global events to occur under his time as Secretary General and one of the most divisive of the early 21st century. "I think the worst moment of course was the Iraq war, which as an organization we couldn't stop—and I really did everything I can to try to see if we can stop it," he said in 2006.

Annan was also the founder of the Kofi Annan foundation and chairman of The Elders, an international humanitarian organization of global leaders founded by Nelson Mandela.

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Janet Jackson Returns With Afrobeats-Inspired Song & Video 'Made For Now' Featuring Daddy Yankee

The icon's latest is a nod to the sound, fashion and culture of the diaspora.

Ms. Jackson is back.

The iconic artist returns with her first single since the release of her 2015 album Unbreakable, and it's a timely nod to the "made for now" influence of afrobeats fashion, sound and culture.

On "Made For Now," which features Puerto Rican reggaeton titan Daddy Yankee, Janet Jackson does what she's done successfully so many times throughout her decades-long career: provide an infectious, party-worthy tune that's fun and undeniably easy to dance to. "If you're living for the moment, don't stop," Jackson sings atop production which fuses dancehall, reggaeton and afrobeats.

The New York-shot music video is just as lively, filled with eye-catching diasporic influences, from the wax-print ensembles and beads both Janet and her dancers wear to the choreographed afrobeats-tinged dance numbers, which see the dancers hitting the Shoki at one point in the video. The train of dancers travel throughout the streets of Brooklyn, taking over apartment buildings and rooftops with spirited moves.

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You Need to Hear Juls' New Single 'Saa Ara'


New hip-hop and highlife grooves from the celebrated UK-based Ghanaian producer.

By merging the diverse influence of growing up in Accra and East London, Juls has managed to cultivate a hybrid afrobeats style that has set him apart from the rest.

For his latest single, "Saa Ara," he teams up with award-winning rapper Kwesi Arthur and gifted lyricist Akan.

The brilliant fusion of vintage highlife instrumentals and booming hip-hop beats, along with Kwesi Arthur's lively chorus and Akan's fiery delivery gives the song a very spiritual and classical feel.

Soothe your soul this weekend with these tasteful sounds from Juls.

Listen to "Saa Ara" by Juls featuring Kwesi Arthur and Akan below.

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