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A Black Woman in Power

Discussing the legacy of Rio de Janeiro councilwoman Marielle Franco with a woman who knew her well

Last week, the charismatic young Afro-Brazilian politician Marielle Franco was assassinated. While motives remain unknown, many fear the beloved Rio de Janeiro councilwoman was targeted for her strong stance against police repression and other injustices. Professor Jaqueline Gomes knew Franco well. Gomes is an Afro-Brazilian trans woman who plans to run for Congress in this year's national elections. She was honored by Franco last year with a special city council award, the Chiquinha Gonzaga medal for her work in human rights and education. Gomes, a professor at a federal institute, became the first black transgender woman to be honored. It was the presence of Franco, a black woman on the city council of Rio de Janeiro, says Gomes, that made it possible for her to receive such an award. Over the next year, she supported Franco in all of her work.

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Patoranking "Available" video.

Is South Africa's Gqom Music Taking Over Nigerian Pop?

We investigate the rise of gqom sounds in Nigerian pop songs from Patoranking, D'banj, Niniola and others.

South Africa's buzzing sound, 'gqom,' is taking over Nigerian pop. A subgenre of house, gqom originates from the Zulu dominated neighbourhoods of Durban, the country's second largest city, and is characterised by its starkness and skeletal framework, believed to reflect the social and living conditions of the townships. Big name proponents include Babes Wodumo, Distruction Boyz, DJ Maphorisa, and DJ Lag, the self-named "Gqom King."

Ever ready to hop on a big wave, an increasing number of Nigerian pop artists are adopting gqom productions, the most prominent examples being "Available" by Patoranking, "Issa Banger" by D'banj and "Leg Work" by Niniola. Others have been "Jacurb Dance" by MC Galaxy and "Craze" by Sololo, Orezi and Mystro.

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Photo by Logor Oluwamuyiwa.

This Is What Happens When You Strip Lagos of Its Vibrant Color

"Monochrome Lagos," an ongoing project of photographer Logor Oluwamuyiwa, challenges us to see his buzzing city in a different light.

Logor Oluwamuyiwa completely strips a place of its color. The photographer's ongoing project, Monochrome Lagos, forces the viewer to pay close attention to the city's details in the absence of a critical component.

His visual diary that he began in 2013 is a study of the very soul of Lagos—and it's refreshing and raw.
He weaves in and out of his city's streets, capturing its edifices, people and everyday occurrences. His poignant point of view shines through his work, as well as his passion as he subtly dissects Lagos' social divide and identity.

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