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'And Above All Else, Don't Lie:' Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Urges Harvard's Class of 2018 to Live In Truth

The author was open and honest in her Class Day address at Harvard University on Wednesday.

Prolific Nigerian writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie was the Class Day Speaker yesterday at Harvard University, where she delivered a forthright address about the power of living in truth.

The writer told a memorable anecdote about the time she met a famous writer and stretched the truth by saying she was a fan of his work, though she hadn't read it. His wife immediately responded by asking Adichie which of his works was her favorite. She was then forced to make up an answer: "The one about the man discovering himself?," she said.

The experience left her acutely aware of why the truth matters and impressed by his wife's ability to detect disingenuousness. She urged graduates to recognize that both qualities are important. "I'm not asking you to tell the truth because it will always work out," she said, "But because you will sleep well at night."

"So have a good bullshit detector. If you don't have it now, work on it," she added.


She also spoke about the political decline of the United States, largely brought on by Trump's presidency. "America always felt aspirational — but today the political discourse in America is from the land of the absurd," she said, urging graduates to use truth and courage as a means of challenging political ills.

"Sometimes, especially in politicized spaces, telling the truth will be an act of courage. Be courageous. Never set out to provoke for the sake of provoking, but never silence yourself out of fear that a truth you speak might provoke. Be courageous."

Watch Adichie's full Harvard Class Day 2018 speech below, starting at the 1:31:10 mark.

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Watch Cameroonian Drag Artist Bebe Zahara Benet's New Music Video for 'Banjo'

Video Premiere: Bebe Zahara Benet releases the colourful visuals for her latest single 'Banjo' ahead of her upcoming EP 'Broken English'.

Cameroonian drag artist Bebe Zahara Benet has just released the colourful visuals to her latest single 'Banjo'.

The single, which features on her upcoming Broken English EP, is the follow-up to several EPs she's released in the past including Face and Kisses & Feathers as well as a number of singles including "Fun Tonite", "Get Fierce (Lose Yourself)" and "Starting a Fire".

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8 South African Albums & EPs to Stream While Staying Home

Let these South African releases from Bongeziwe Mabandla, Shabaka and the Ancestors, King Monada and others hold you down during lockdown.

This month saw a number of releases from South African artists. While the COVID-19 pandemic has taken money away from a majority of artists, this could be the best time for listeners to go through the new music that was released.

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What to Watch at Home During Coronavirus Shutdown: ARRAY's New Digital African Film Series

The film platform, from director Ava DuVernay, is hosting a weekly movie-viewing experience for the "global online community of cinephiles."

If you're looking for African films to dive into while at home during the coronavirus outbreak, a new digital series from award-winning director Ava DuVernay's film collective ARRAY is a great place to start. The multi-media platform and arts collective is launching its #ARRAYMatinee series, and each film will be available for viewing here.

#ARRAYMatinee is a virtual movie-viewing experience that will screen a string of the collective's previously released independent films from Africa and the diaspora. The weekly series begins on Wednesday, April 1 with a viewing of the 2015 South African coming-of-age film Ayanda. "Viewers will take a cinematic journey to the international destinations and cultures featured in five films that were released via the ARRAY Releasing independent film distribution collective that amplifies that work of emerging filmmakers of color and women of all kinds," says the platform in a press release. To promote a communal viewing experience, viewers are also encouraged to have discussions on Twitter, using the hashtag #ARRAYMatinee.

The five-part series will run weekly until May 13, and also includes films from Liberia, Ghana, and Grenada. See the full viewing schedule below with descriptions from ARRAY, and visit ARRAY's site at the allotted times to watch.

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