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A White Couple Staged Their Wedding Photos as a Congolese Kidnapping—People Aren't Having It

A white woman in a wedding dress on top of a volcano wearing blood diamonds. These people actually did this.

A white couple goes to Congo and stages a wedding shoot on a volcano complete with locals staged as gross caricatures of militiamen and "tribespeople" holding them at gunpoint with captions about blood diamonds, "the ghetto," and bragging about being in an active war zone.


What can you say about these photos that isn't blindingly obvious from just looking at them? The sheer level of effort they put into executing this "Heart of Darkness" fantasy is breathtaking—a security team, a drone, actors! This couple must be the least self-aware people to have ever traveled. They're like two Louise Lintons.

As social media warps our brains, pushing us deeper into the pit of performative bullshit for the 'gram we are suddenly all spectators to the aesthetic depths of the racist mind. From the explicit MAGA fan-art to this kind of neo-colonial Snap Chat fantasia, it's grotesque and seemingly inescapable.

Posted yesterday on Facebook by Cecilia Christin, the 2017 photos have now been shared thousands of times and inspired a torrent of social media commentary. While the photographer's original Instagram has now been taken down you can see the photos as part of the post "Outside of the Box Congo Wedding Shoot with the Leica M10 by John R. Milton" The fact that they were taken with a ludicrous $8000 camera just bumps the absurdity ever higher.

Christin told Business Insider

"I decided to share these pictures in order to foster discussion within my friends and following, specifically about the accessorization of black bodies for this couple's photo shoot," Christin said. Specifically, she took issue with how the couple uses "black and brown people, and their experiences, as props to gain a following" on Instagram.

No word from the photographers, yet.

People on Twitter first weren't sure it's real. Well, like most things in 2018, it's real and it's bad.



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Kofi Jamar Switches Lanes In 'Appetite for Destruction'

The Ghanaian rapper and "Ekorso" hitmaker presents a different sound in his latest EP.

The drill scene in Ghana has been making waves across the continent for some time now. If you're hip to what a crop of young and hungry artists from the city of Kumasi in Ghana and beyond have been doing over the past year, then you already know about rapper Kofi Jamar.

Towards the end of November last year he dropped one of the biggest drill songs to emerge from Ghana's buzzing drill scene, the popular street anthem "Ekorso." In the December and January that followed, "Ekorso" was the song on everyone's lips, the hip-hop song that took over the season, with even the likes of Wizkid spotted vibing to the tune.

Currently sitting at over 10 million streams across digital streaming platforms, the song topped charts, even breaking records in the process. "Ekorso" maintained the number one spot on Apple Music's Hip-Hop/Rap: Ghana chart for two months uninterrupted, a first in the history of the chart. It also had a good stint at number one of the Ghana Top 100 chart as well, among several other accolades.

Even though he's the creator of what could be the biggest song of Ghana's drill movement till date, Kofi Jamar doesn't plan on replicating his past music or his past moves. He has just issued his second EP, a 6-track project titled Appetite for Destruction, and it would surprise you to know that there isn't a single drill song on it. Although drill played a huge role in his meteoric rise, he wants to be known as way more than just a drill rapper. He wants to be known as a complete and versatile artist, unafraid to engage in any genre — and he even looks forward to creating his own genre of music during the course of his career.

We spoke to Kofi Jamar about his latest EP, and he tells us about working with Teni, why he's gravitating away from drill to a new sound, and more. Check out our conversation below.

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