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Clockwise: Honorees Wangechi Mutu, Congresswoman Karen Bass, Gerald Lenoir and BAJI executive director and Black Lives Matter co-founder Opal Tometi. Photos courtesy of BAJI.

Black Alliance For Just Immigration Celebrates 10 Years Of Advocating For Immigration Rights

BAJI commemorates 10 years of just immigration work for black migrants this Saturday.

The Black Alliance for Just Immigration (BAJI) is hosting the 10-year celebration of their continued fight for immigration justice this Saturday. Black Lives Matter co-founder and BAJI executive director, Opal Tometi, will be joined by host Gina Belafonte to recognize five honorees for their transformative work.


For Tometi, the following leaders support BAJI's mission through their continued work to make sure Black Americans are provided the ability to flourish through safe passage:

Wangechi Mutu: Kenyan artist and founder of Africa's Out

Gerald Lenoir: BAJI founding director and founding steering committee member of the Black Immigration Network

Congresswoman Karen Bass: Represents California's 37th congressional district and serves on the House Judiciary Committee and House Committee of Foreign Affairs

Gerry Hudson: Executive vice president of the Service Employees International Union

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“BAJI is the only organization in the country ensuring Black immigrants have a fair and just experience here in the U.S.," Tometi says in a statement. “We have provided tens of thousands of immigrants important training and resources through our Black Immigration Network (BIN) program."

BAJI, founded in 2006, hopes this event will raise the resources needed to grow the organization's national operations. It will take place on Saturday, April 9, at the California African American Museum. For more information, head here.

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Burna Boy performs at the Warner Music Group pre-Grammy party in Hollywood on January 2020. (Photo by Amy Sussman/Getty Images for Warner Music)

Burna Boy, Tinariwen, Michael Kiwanuka & More Nominated For 2021 Grammy Awards

The Nigerian star and Tuareg band are nominated in the newly named Best Global Music Album category.

The nominations for the 2021 Grammy Awards are in.

The awards show, which will be hosted by Trevor Noah, will see some of the world's biggest artists up for categories like Album of the Year, Song of the Year, Record of the Year and Best New Artist.

As we previously wrote about, the Grammys have renamed the international category of Best World Music Album to Best Global Music, in an effort to reportedly make it more modern and inclusive.

In that new Best Global Music Category, Nigerian afro-fusion star Burna Boy is nominated alongside Tuareg desert rock group Tinariwen, NYC afrobeat outfit Antibalas, Brazilian-American Bebel Gilberto and British-Indian sitar player Anoushka Shankar.

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