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Afrikan Boy Is Young, Ambitious & Motivated In 'Y.A.M.'

Watch Afrikan Boy play news anchor as he broadcasts his daily mantra in the music video for "Y.A.M."


Afrikan Boy reports from the streets of London in the music video for "Y.A.M.", his flipped, motivational take on going HAM. "Y.A.M." is "an acronym for whatever you want it to mean," he told Okayafrica TV earlier this year,  "I define it as Young, Ambitious, and Motivated, others define it and Young And Married, others define it as Young African Mothers. It's just a day-to-day mantra, instead of we go HAM, we go Y.A.M." In the video, Afrikan Boy plays a news anchor as he broadcasts his life motto to the faces of London. The "Y.A.M." single will be out globally November 10 with remixes from DJ Elo Marton (Irie Maffia) and KonradOldMoney. Afrikan Boy's upcoming album The ABCD, which will include "Y.A.M." and the previously featured "Dear Mama" and "Hit Em Up," is available for iTunes pre-order now and due November 24 in North America.

Photo by Meztli Yoalli Rodríguez

Dying Lagoons Reveal Mexico’s Environmental Racism

In the heart of a traditionally Black and Indigenous use area in Southwest Mexico, decades of environmental destruction now threatens the existence of these communities.

On an early morning in September 2017, in a little fishing village in the Pacific coast of Oaxaca, called Zapotalito, thousands of dead fish floated on the surface of the Chacahua-Pastoría lagoons. A 7.1-magnitude earthquake, which rattled Mexico City on September 19, was felt as far down as Zapotalito, and the very next morning, its Black, Indigenous and poor Mestizo residents, who depend on the area's handful of lagoons for food and commerce, woke up to an awful smell and that terrible scene of floating fish.

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