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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, Teni, AKA, Sho Madjozi, Mr Eazi & More Earn 2019 BET Award Nominations

This year's "Best International Act" categories are stacked with some of the biggest names in African pop.

The nominees for this year's BET Awards have been announced, and one again, some of the biggest names in African pop have been named in the " International Act" categories.

This year, Nigerian acts Burna Boy, Mr Eazi have been nominated in the "Best International Act" category. They've each had standout years, with both artists performing at the Coachella Music Festival this year.

They're nominated alongside South African star rapper AKA, who won a Kids' Choice Award earlier this year for "Favorite South African Star," and the French-Malian pop singer and one of OkayAfrica's 100 Women Aya Nakamura. French-Cameroonian and Togolese rapper Dosseh and UK rappers Dave, and Giggs round out the heavily-stacked category.

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Photo still courtesy of Chika Okoli.

This New Documentary Sheds Light On the History of a Beloved Nigerian Staple—Agege Bread

'Fresh Agege Bread' by Chika Okoli's FABA gives us a much-needed insight into the popularity of Nigeria's coveted Agege Bread.

This new documentary following Nigeria's own Agege Bread contributes to the need of preserving and documenting food culture on the continent.

In Fresh Agege Bread, directed and produced by filmmaker Chika Okoli of FABA (For Africans By Africans), we follow food researcher Ozoz Sokoh as she traces the history and popularity of Agege Bread featuring its pioneering bakers, community figureheads and locals. The documentary touches on the rise of the booming product as well as addresses some of the controversies around the health and safety measures applied in the production of this staple.

For Okoli, the inability to find such insights about this significant food in Nigerian culture is what inspired her to develop this documentary.

"Agege Bread is so popular in Lagos but shockingly, there is very little information about it online and the same can be said about other cultural elements that are significant to our way of life," she shares with us.

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amA picture taken on May 17, 2019 in Berlin shows a Stone Cross, a key 15th-century navigation landmark erected by Portuguese explorers, seen at the History Museum in Berlin. (Photo: TOBIAS SCHWARZ/AFP/Getty Images)

Germany to Return Stolen 15th Century Stone Cross to Namibia

Germany's Culture Minister says the move is a "clear sign" that the country is committed to coming to terms with its colonial past.

In the latest development in the movement towards African art repatriation, the German government will return a 15th-century Portuguese stone cross that has been in its possession since the colonial era, back to its original home in Namibia.

The cross was a navigation landmark placed on the coastline of present-day Namibia in 1496, before it was taken in the late 17th century under German colonial rule, BBC Africa reports.

The Namibian government put out a request for its return back in 2017, and the request was formally approved today by the Berlin Museum. The cross is set to be returned in August, according to a statement from the museum.

READ: Taking Back Our History: Understanding African Art Repatriation

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