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The Stories You Need To Know: Madonna Opens Children’s Hospital In Malawi, And More

Key stories from around the continent.

MALAWI–Madonna opened a children’s hospital in Malawi on Tuesday. The hospital is called Mercy James, and is named after one of the pop star's adopted daughters. The hospital was funded by the singer's Raising Malawi charity, which she founded in 2006. Read the full story here.


SOMALIA–Seven head teachers have been arrested by Somali authorities. The teachers are accused of of meeting al-Shabab militants, and are said to have discussed changing the curriculum at private schools to favor the Islamist group's ideology. Read the full story here.

KENYA–Pope Francis has criticized Kenya’s powerful and wealthy individuals who are involved in land grabs. He accused them of hoarding land and even attempting to take playgrounds away from schools. Read the full story here.

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#BuyBlack: 25 Black-Owned Businesses to Check Out on Black Friday

Our 2017 guide for you to #BuyBlack this Friday.

This is our first gift guide in the run-up to the holidays. Keep checking for more lists of great African products here. And for more ideas check out the Okayafrica Shop.

It's yet another year when America officially begins the holiday season on Thanksgiving tomorrow—a "celebration" that, for most folks, is a great day to spend time with family and to eat your fill.

For those that venture into the mission that is Black Friday shopping (kudos to you), it may be worth taking that moment to put your money where your mouth is and spend your coins on black-owned businesses.

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Kommanda Obbs Favors ‘the African Dream’ Over Western Standards On His New Single ‘Mabelebele’

Listen to Lesotho rapper Kommanda Obbs' latest single.

The music on renowned Lesotho rapper Kommanda Obbs' latest single "Mabelebele" is largely inspired kwaito. For his vocals, the rapper opts for a more melodic style on the track.

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The Black Indie Artist You Need to Listen to This Month: Vagabon

Vagabon is special.

This new series will feature the most exciting independent and alternative artists from Africa and its diaspora. Black artists are complex and multidisciplinary. Twice a month, we'll introduce the hottest, boldest musicians out there that you need to listen to.

Special people have the hardest time. They see so much, are aware of so much. And indeed, Vagabon is special.

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