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Revisit the Time Q-Tip Discovered His African Ancestry

Q-Tip of A Tribe Called Quest takes a DNA test to trace his African roots in this Okayafrica TV video originally from January 2012.

It’s no secret that the music of A Tribe of Called Quest was, and dare we say continues to be, heavily influenced by its members’ African roots. On Friday, the group will release their final album, We Got It From Here…Thank You 4 Your Service. With just a few days to go before Tribe’s fond farewell, we thought we’d revisit the time Q-Tip discovered his ancestry as part of our Roots Of… series.


In the Okayafrica TV video below, originally from January 2012, the rapper can be seen taking a DNA test to trace his maternal ancestry back to a specific country and, yes, tribe, that he comes from.

“I really want to know about where my people come from because I feel like it just answers a lot of questions for me,” Tip said as he took the cheek swab. “Spiritually, there’s a bunch of generational psychological things that could be answered as well. It’s a lot of intrigue for me.”

So, is The Last Zulu in fact of Zulu lineage? Press play in the video below to find out!

For more on We Got It From Here…Thank You 4 Your Service, Okayplayer’s got pretty much everything you need to know and more.

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Cameroon Holds Vigil to Remember Children Killed in School Attack

Residents in Kumba paid their respects to the seven lives lost, and those injured during the attack over the weekend.

In the latest tragedy to come from Cameroon's historically violent clash between Anglo and Francophone citizens, seven children were murdered after attackers stormed a school with guns and machetes over the weekend.

In what has been deemed as the "darkest and saddest day," by Bishop Agapitus Nfon of Kumba, armed attackers stormed the Mother Francisca International Bilingual Academy, targeting students aged 9 to 12. The tragic event saw dozens of children injured, some critically.

The attack has shocked the nation, with both local and international agencies condemning the horrible offense. On Monday, Cameroonian President Paul Biya denounced the "horrific murder" of the school children, and alluded to the "appropriate measures" being taken in order to bring justice to the families of the victims. Prime Minister Dion Ngute Joseph shared his condolences via a tweet saying, "I bow before the memory of these innocent kids."

The Cameroonian presidency and governing body have blamed Anglophone 'separatists' for the attack, though the group claims no part in the attack.

Human rights groups, however, have blamed both opposing parties, as the conflict has led to the death of over 3,000 deaths and resulted in more than 700,000 Cameroonians fleeing their homes and the country.

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Interview: Meet Velemseni, Eswatini’s Queen of Soul

Soul artist Velemseni's music reflects Eswatini culture and aesthetics. "The Kingdom of Eswatini is a magical and mysterious place, and my music aims to interpret and document that mystique, drawing from genres like Swazi gospel, soul, African soul, cinematic and traditional music," says the artist.