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Tomi Adeyemi Shares The Cover Art For Her Upcoming Fantasy Debut 'Children of Blood and Bone'

Tomi Adeyemi shares the cover art for her highly-anticipated debut novel 'Children of Blood and Bone.'

DIASPORA—Back in April, news surfaced that first-time novelist Tomi Adeyemi's upcoming debut, Children of Blood and Bone had been picked up by Fox 2000 for a film adaptation.


Today, the writer has shared the highly-anticipated book's cover with Teen Vogue, as well as details about the upcoming fantasy novel.

The 23-year-old writer tells Teen Vogue that she wanted to cover to illustrate the "power, beauty and blackness" of the book's central character, Zélie. The artwork is by children's book illustrator and designer Rich Deas.

Children of Blood and Bone, which is the first installment in what is to become a trilogy, tells the story of 17-year-old Zélie who is on a mission to bring magic back to her hometown, Orïsha. The book follows Zélie as she battles a ruler who intends to eradicate magic for good.

"We live in a time where men, women, and children of color are being dehumanized and oppressed and unjustly murdered," says Adeyemi. "Though my book is an epic fantasy, it’s directly tied to all of that pain. There is so much we need to do to rectify these wrongs, and I strongly believe art and education is a big part of that effort. Getting different people to see the 'other' as human beings is greatly needed, and art and education is an incredible way to do that."

Read the full exclusive, here.

Children of Blood and Bone drops on March 6, 2018, you can preorder it now.

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Ras Nebyu Is Washington, D.C.'s 'Uptown Lion Walkin'

We talk to the Ethiopian-American rapper about his new album, his Washington Slizzards crew, and the impact of gentrification on D.C.'s music scene.

Ras Nebyu is caught up in the crowd at Howard University's homecoming tailgate, where he can barely walk a block without shaking hands with another person who he knows. Although he didn't attend Howard University, the campus and the surrounding neighborhood forms as much of a part of his narrative as any student.

The Ethiopian-American rapper hails from uptown Washington, D.C., a neighborhood he uses to inform his latest album, Uptown Lion Walkin, a project that pays homage to his ancestral upbringing, as well as his thoughts on making money, love, happiness, and the government.

There's a twoness to Nebyu's identity that allows him to create from a place of historical-cultural reverence while pushing forward new ideas. He was raised in a Rastafarian household by an Ethiopian dad and African-American mother.

Nebyu doesn't hold much back when he speaks, like his music. He preaches about belonging to his community, gentrification and the diaspora. His work serves as a strong soundboard, for not only his Ethiopian community but D.C. natives.

In 2011, Nebyu co-founded the Washington Slizzards, a collective of Ethiopian creatives in D.C. What started as a joke, tacking on "slizz" to everything, became a buzz-worthy crew. Around the same time as the group's inception, he began releasing music into the world.

Nebyu first ventured into making music as a producer, but soon found it frustrating getting artists to use his beats. He decided to begin experimenting with using his own voice and hasn't slowed down since. OkayAfrica caught up with Nebyu to discuss the new album and growing up uptown.

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Mr Eazi, Duncan Mighty, Afro B & Mayorkun Join DJ Neptune On 'Tear Rubber' Remix

Listen to the "All Star Remix" now.

"Tear Rubber," one of the standouts from DJ Neptune's latest album, Greatness, gets a big remix that'll jump start your week.

The track, which originally featured Mayorkun, now gets a massive revisit featuring Mr Eazi, Duncan Mighty and Afro B.

All three are potent additions to this laid-back and addictive Young John-produced track which was already getting a lot of spins.

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Listen to Sade's Beautiful New Song—'The Big Unknown'

Sade has graced us with her second single of the year—this time for Steve McQueen's highly anticipated film, "Widows."

We now have two new Sade songs to shed thug tears to before the end of 2018, y'all.

The queen herself released a lyric video for her new track, "The Big Unknown." This single will be played during the end credits of Steve McQueen's highly anticipated film, Widows, which is due to be released in theaters November 16, Highsnobiety reports.

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