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Nakhane Touré Is Scared For His Life After Online Death Threats

The actor had to cancel a film shoot in the Eastern Cape because he feared for his life.

South African singer and actor Nakhane Touré cancelled a film shoot in the Eastern Cape last week, City Press reports.


Touré fears for his life after receiving multiple death threats online, especially on Facebook, for starring in The Wound, a movie that, according to some Xhosa men, disrespects the sacred initiation custom.

Touré told the paper that he can’t go to the Eastern Cape and Cape Town, where there is a high Xhosa population, and a lot of the threats have been coming from.

The singer, however says he doesn’t regret being part of the movie, as he feels it doesn’t reveal any initiation secrets, and most of the people who are angry have only seen the movie’s trailer.

He also commented on the double standards of the people who are attacking him online. “These men are nowhere to be seen when Xhosa initiates are sexually assaulted during initiation,” he was quoted as saying by City Press. “Instead, they hide behind their secrecy. Where is your anger when women are raped and murdered?”

Read Touré's full interview with City Press here.

 

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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