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AKA Wants His Fans to Design The Artwork For His Upcoming Album

AKA wants to involve fans in his last album.

Last week, South African rapper AKA and his fans decided on a name for his fanbase, "the Megacy."

Right after, he announced what he dubbed the #TouchMyBloodChallenge, in which he will invite members of the Megacy to design the cover of the album which will be called Touch My Blood.


The rapper will share photos from a shoot he's doing specifically for the cover. He will then share a reference of what he wants the cover to look like.

The public will be competing with AKA's team at his company Beam Group. The rapper mentioned that the fan who will make the best design will win an internship opportunity with the company.

Touch My Blood, which is coming on May 25, will be AKA's last album, according to him. And it looks like he's going all out. This isn't the first time a South African rapper asks fans to be involved in the making of an album cover. Nasty C for his debut album Bad Hair (2016), asked fans to send him photos of their "bad hair," and he made a collage of all those photos and incorporated it in the cover of the album.

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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