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Trevor Noah’s Book Is Being Taught In Schools In Newark, New Jersey

'Born a Crime' is now prescribed in schools in Newark, N.J.

South African comedian and The Daily Show host, Trevor Noah's autobiography, Born a Crime: Stories From a South African Childhood, is now part of the curriculum in schools in Newmark, New Jersey.

"To go from a kid who was always in trouble for something or other, to now have my book being taught in school is quite a jump," the comedian told the Los Angeles Times on Thursday. "I don't think the book is a product of myself, but rather me telling a story comprised of many stories. Part of it is South Africa's story, part of it is my family's story, my mother's story, the lessons she taught me. Then, obviously, my interpretation of the world I was raised in.

"It's most beautiful to me because of why they're using the book. I do think the lessons we learned in apartheid South Africa are stories that apply to the world. You do see vestiges of that in America today. It's an easy story to understand because South Africa's racism was so blatant and so unavoidable. I think it's a nice place to learn how to have conversations on a topic that has become very fraught with political landmines everywhere you go."

Born a Crime, which is a No. 1 bestseller was published in 2016. It received great reviews worldwide. In the book, the comedian tells the story of growing up in South Africa to a white father and black mother. During the apartheid era, which he grew up in, it was a criminal offense for black and white people to have romantic relationships. This meant Noah was born a crime, hence the title.

In February, it was reported that a film adaptation of the memoir was in the works, and that Lupita Nyong'o would play Noah's mother in the film.

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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Appears on 'The Daily Show' To Talk 'Dear Ijeawele'

"You have to name the problem," Adichie says about why she is sticking to the word "feminism."

Last night, on Comedy Central's the Daily Show with Trevor Noah, writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie sat down with Trevor Noah to discuss feminism and her book Dear Ijeawele, or A Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions.

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Issa Rae, Kehinde Wiley, Tiffany Haddish and More Make TIME 100 List of Most Influential People

See the other African influencers who made the list.

This year's TIME 100 list of the most influential people in the world has just been announced and some of course, some of or African artists, creatives and more made the prestigious list.

The publication noted how this year's list breaks new ground:

In other ways, the TIME 100, always a reflection of its moment, looks quite different than in the past. Influence increasingly knows no single zip code and no minimum age. A record 45 people on this list are under 40.

The list is broken down into five sections including pioneers, artists, leaders, icons and titans. It features a diverse group of Africans in each category, ranging from Zimbabwe's president Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa who took office following the ousting of Robert Mugabe, to Daily Show host Trevor Noah, whose profile is written by the indomitable Lupita Nyong'o to Kenyan anti-female genital mutilation activist Nice Nailantei Leng'ete.

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