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The Stories You Need to Know: Black Lives Matter Wins Sydney Peace Prize, African Celebs Send Messages of Support to Manchester and More

Black Lives Matter Movement wins the Sydney Peace Prize, WHO elects first African Director General and more.

DIAPSORA—The World Health Organization (WHO) has elected Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus of Ethiopia as its new Director General.


The 52-year-old malaria expert replaces Dr. Margaret Chan of China to become the first African to hold the position.

"All roads should lead to universal health coverage. I will not rest until we have met this," he said during a speech to the World Health Assembly.

Read more on Ghebreyesus and the chaining politics of the WHO, here.

DIASPORA—Australia's Sydney University will award the Black Lives Matter movement with this year's Sydney Peace Prize. This is the first year that the award will be granted to a movement rather than an individual. Co-founders, Nigeiran-American Opal TometiPatrisse Cullors and Alicia Garza will be present the award in an upcoming ceremony at the Sydney Peace Foundation.

DIASPORA—The restored version of the 1991 film "Daughters of the Dust" will be released on Netflix next month. The seminal film was the first movie by a black woman filmmaker to be distributed theatrically in the United States. The movie, directed by Julie Dash, had a nationwide 25th anniversary restoration showing last year, when it enjoyed a reemergence after being heavily referenced in Beyoncé's Lemonade. Read more via Shadow and Act.

DIASPORA— African Celebrities and politicians have sent messages of love, frustration and support to Manchester, UK following Monday's tragic bombing at an Ariana Grande concert in which 22 people were killed. Idris Elba, Wizkid, Michaela Coel and more took to social media in solidarity.

 

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Interview: Wavy The Creator Is Ready to See You Now

The multidisciplinary Nigerian-American artist on tapping into all her creative outlets, creating interesting things, releasing a new single and life during quarantine.

A trip canceled, plans interrupted, projects stalled. It is six months now since Wavy the Creator has had to make a stop at an undisclosed location to go into quarantine and get away from the eye of the pandemic.

The professional recording artist, photographer, writer, fashion artist, designer, and evolving creative has been spending all of this time in a house occupied by other creatives. This situation is ideal. At least for an artist like Wavy who is always in a rapid motion of creating and bringing interesting things to life. The energy around the house is robust enough to tap from and infuse into any of her numerous creative outlets. Sometimes, they also inspire trips into new creative territories. Most recently, for Wavy, are self-taught lessons on a bass guitar.

Wavy's days in this house are not without a pattern, of course. But some of the rituals and personal rules she drew up for herself, like many of us did for internal direction, at the beginning of the pandemic have been rewritten, adjusted, and sometimes ditched altogether. Some days start early and end late. Some find her at her sewing machine fixing up thrift clothes to fit her taste, a skill she picked up to earn extra cash while in college, others find her hard at work in the studio, writing or recording music.

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