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This New Web Series Explores the Experiences of Black Muslims in Britain

A New web series ensures that the Black British Muslim narrative won't be erased.

A new webseries on being black and Muslim addresses what co-founder, Mohamed Mohamed, calls an underrepresentation of the Black Muslim experience during Black History Month in the UK.


The series has even spawned a new hashtag: #BlackAndMuslimInBritain.

With almost 275,000 Muslims of African heritage in the UK, the absence of programming that specifically addresses African Muslims seems like a major oversight.

In an interview with BuzzFeed, Mohamed, pointed out the mainstream media's "sidestepping" of the Muslim faith of celebrities. He was triggered by media outlets saying that Muhammad Ali transcended religion and race, he said. In his estimation, religion and race was at the core of Muhammed Ali's identity, which he did not "transcend."

The series was born after an event last October where young black Muslims came together to talk about how their experiences were being erased from the larger narrative.



Co-founders Mohamed Mohamed, Sakinah Lenoir, and Saraiya Bah decided to tell the stories of influential Muslims in a way that did not erase their faith, and then committed to putting together oral Muslim histories.

With the importance of representation at its core, the series hopes to inspire black Muslims in Britain with the power of having a firm place in their nation's narrative. It will, hopefully, also make it harder to erase the experiences of black Muslims anywhere in the world.


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Nasty C is the most streamed South African artist on Apple Music.

Nasty C has been the most streamed South African artist on Apple Music in the last four years. His sophomore album Strings and Bling is also the most streamed South African and African album on the streaming platform in Sub-Saharan Africa. This is according to a newly released set of list of the most streamed artists, songs, playlists and albums on the platform.

The list of top South African artists on Apple Music also includes the likes of Joyous Celebration, AKA, Sjava, Cassper Nyovest and a few more.

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Listen to Saul Williams' New Album 'Encrypted & Vulnerable'

The score for his directorial musical debut, Neptune Frost, which is based on Williams' tale about hackers living in a Burundian village made up of recycled computer parts.

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Encrypted & Vulnerable is also the score for Saul Wililams' directorial musical debut, Neptune Frost, which is based on Williams' tale about hackers living in a Burundian village made up of recycled computer parts.

"Encrypted & Vulnerable is simultaneously a personal and intimately optimistic takedown on struggle, defiance, awareness, aloneness, and a takedown of heteronormative capitalistic patriarchal authoritarian politics in topics ranging from love, technology, religion, war, to migration," Williams mentions.

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Simi and Adekunle Gold are the Absolute Cutest In Their New Music Video 'By You'

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Simi and Adekunle Gold continue their streak of duets with their latest "By You," from the former's latest album Omo Charlie Champagne Vol. 1.

On the new track, the couple once again deliver loving lyrics and sweet melodies, sharing an accompanying video highlighting their bond. The video behind with what looks like personal footage from the company, later following them around as they adventure across Los Angeles, playfully driving around and even making a stop at the LA staple, Randy's Donuts.

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