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Attention Paris: Don't Miss a Special Edition of 'An OkayAfrica Party'

Join us at Wanderlust for a night featuring music from Just Dizle, Tysha Cee, DJ Tunez and more.

We're excited to announce a special edition of An OkayAfrica Party taking place this Saturday on October 25th in Paris. It's all going down at Wanderlust, situated in the Cité de la Mode et du Design—a building located at the site of the old general storehouses on the quai d'Austerlitz in Paris. Artists such as DJ Stresh, Joey Starr and the Dancehall Queen have all previously performed at the venue.


Just as our last An OkayAfrica Party at Lot 45 was an absolute vibe, our Parisian installment promises to be equally exciting night of culture and beautiful music. Joining us will be Just Dizle, Tysha Cee, DJ Tunez and a very special guest.

We're hoping to see you there! You won't want to miss it.

OkayAfrica presents An OkayAfrica Party

Where: Wanderlust

When: Saturday, October 26th from 11pm - 6am

Music by: Just Dizle, Tysha Cee, DJ Tunez

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REFRAMED: Cocoa & Color by Joshua Kissi opens at Okay Space on 10/3

Join photographer Joshua Kissi as he discusses his work with the slavery free chocolate-maker Tony's Chocolonely.

Tony's Chocolonely, the chocolate supplier aiming to eradicate modern slavery from the cocoa industry, is hosting a free kick-off party to their REFRAMED exposition. It's happening this Thursday, October 3, from 6-9pm at the Okay Space Gallery with some light bites from Gold Coast Catering, the Chocotruck and good tunes spun by Gflamee. The event will feature a discussion with Tony's Chocolonely and photographer Joshua Kissi, the creative mind behind the REFRAMED concept.


Tony's Chocolonely - The making of Reframed: cocoa & color by Joshua Kissi www.youtube.com


REFRAMED shows Kissi's travels to Ghana and the Ivory Coast to document the farmers, workers and beautiful souls who cultivate some of Tony Chocolonely's world famous tasty treats. In the project, Kissi is working to, well, reframe two narratives: 1) that of Africans working in agriculture and 2) the acceptance of modern slavery and child labor in cocoa farming. Expect a lively event that honors the good work that is coming from the partnership between Kissi and Tony's Chocolonely. Come on through, it's free. RSVP here.

When: October 3, 6-9pm

Where: OkaySpace Gallery, 281 North 7th BKLYN

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Photos: Here's What Went Down at the Labor Day Edition of Everyday Afrique

The diaspora showed out for the last Everyday Afrique party of the year.

Everyday People, OkayAfrica and Electrafrique, teamed up one again this past Labor Day for an Everyday Afrique party like no other.

The action took place at The Well in Brooklyn, where some of the city's best dressed came through to party to tunes from the likes of DJ Moma, DJ Tunez, DJ Cortega, Rich Knight, Boston Chery and DJ Buka, who all kept the energy on high throughout the day.

During the festivities, Afrodance NYC performed a special tribute to the late DJ Arafat during DJ Cortega's set, while Boston Chery delivered a standout set that was a tribute to Haiti. There was an epic zanku circle, led by Young Prince and Frankie B Cool delivered on the djembe. None other than DJ Tunez, closed out the night with a standout set that included a run of several of his own hits.

It was a day to remember, but if you weren't there for the action, don't fret. Check out what went down at the Labor Day edition of Everyday Afrique via the photo recap below with images from Kadeem Johnson and Elliott Ashby.

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In Conversation with Congolese NBA Player Emmanuel Mudiay: 'I want more African players in the NBA.'

The Utah Jazz player talks about being African in the NBA, supporting basketball in the DRC and how 'everybody knows about Burna Boy'.

Inspired by his basketball-playing older brothers, by second grade, Emmanuel Mudiay already knew that he wanted to play in the American National Basketball Association. Then in 2001 his family, fleeing the war in Democratic Republic of Congo, sought asylum in the United States.

In America, Mudiay saw basketball as a way for him to improve his situation. After impressive high school and college careers, he moved to China to play pro ball. Picked 7th overall in the 2015 NBA draft, the now 23-year-old guard has made a name for himself this season coming off the bench for the Utah Jazz.

Mudiay attests to the sport having changed not only his life but that of his siblings. Basketball gave them all a chance at a good education and the opportunity to dream without conditions. Now he wants to see other talented African players make it too.

We caught up with him to talk about his experience as an African player in the NBA, his hopes for basketball on the African continent and who he and his teammates jam out to in their locker rooms.

This interview has been edited for length and clarity.

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University lecturer and activist Doctor Stella Nyanzi (L) reacts in court as she attends a trial to face charges for cyber-harassment and offensives communication, in Kampala, on April 10, 2017. (Photo by GAEL GRILHOT/AFP via Getty Images)

Jailed Ugandan Activist, Stella Nyanzi, Wins PEN Prize for Freedom of Expression

The outspoken activist, who is currently serving a prison sentence for a poem she wrote about the president's mother's vagina, won for her resistance "in front of a regime that is trying to suppress her."

Stella Nyanzi, the Ugandan academic, activist, and vocal critic of President Yoweri Museveni has been awarded the 2020 Oxfam Novib/PEN International award for freedom of expression, given to writers who "continue to work for freedom of expression in the face of persecution."

Nyanzi is currently serving a 15 month sentence for "cyber harassment" after she published a poem in which she wrote that she wished "the acidic pus flooding Esiteri's (the president's mother) vaginal canal had burn up your unborn fetus. Burn you up as badly as you have corroded all morality and professionalism out of our public institutions in Uganda."

According to the director of PEN International, Carles Torner, her unfiltered outspokenness around the issues facing her country is what earned her the award. "For her, writing is a permanent form of resistance in front of a regime that is trying to suppress her," said Torner at the award ceremony.

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