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This South African Model Shut Down a Body Shamer With One Epic Tweet

In what some are calling "the clap back of the year," Lesego Legobane, dragged a body shamer, and we're all fans.

South African model, photographer and blogger, Lesego Legobane, who we featured on our list of African women who will make you rethink #bodygoals, knew just what to say when popular South African Twitter user, Leyton Mokgerepi, implied that she was undesirable based on her size.

Mokgerepi posted a side by side image of another woman, next to Legobane's picture with the caption, "Girls who I like vs. Girls who like me."

Upon seeing the tweet, the model, also know as Thickleeyonce, set the offender straight with four simple words: “I don't like you."

The stinging response garnered widespread praise on social media and is currently pushing a million likes. It's been faved by the likes of Ava DuVernay and Nicki Minaj.

Legobane told Buzfeed that she's received messages from women who were inspired by her body positivity, and that she's glad that her tweed has encouraged self-love. "It means a lot to me that I can change someone's perception about their physical appearance by loving my own," she said.

The other woman pictured in the side-by-side wasn't having it either. "It was not a well thought out compliment, if that is what he was trying achieve," Joëlle Kayembe told Buzfeed. "And to use one woman's picture (mine in this case) to body-shame another is just rude and unnecessary!"

Basically, no one is here for body-shaming or misogyny either, for that matter. We're very glad that Legobane put homeboy in his place—we're willing to bet that he won't try this foolishness again.

"I hate it when men think that fat girls are desperate and that we like every other guy 'cause we don't have options," she said. "It's utter nonsense. I can be fat and still be out of your league."

Preach, sis!

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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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