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This Ethiopian Woman Just Shattered A Long-Distance Running Record

Ethiopian runner, Genzebe Dibaba ran the fastest 2000m ever last night at Spain's Miting International de Catalunya. This is her sixth world record.

Ethiopia's Genzebe Dibaba has yet another record to add to her growing list.


Yesterday, at the Miting Internacional de Catalunya in Sabadell, Spain, the long distance runner and three-time world indoor champion, shattered the 2000m record, clocking in at 5:23.75 and completing the race seven seconds faster than the previous record holder, Gabriela Szabo. This is the athlete's sixth world record.

Dibaba breaks records like clock work. Aside from her newly earned title, she also holds the world records for the indoor 1500m (she holds the outdoor record in this category as well), the 3000m and the 5000m. She earned Ethiopia's first Olympic medal in the 1500m race last year in Rio.

Greatness runs in the family too (no pun intended). Her and her sisters pretty much own the middle and long distance running game. Her older sisters Tirunesh and Ejegayehu Dibaba are also record-breaking Olympic champions.

Dibaba turns 26 today, and she's already solidified her position as one of the world's top athletes. It looks like there's literally no slowing her down.

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Hugh Masekela's New York City Legacy

A look back at the South African legend's time in New York City and his enduring presence in the Big Apple.

In Questlove's magnificent documentary, Summer of Soul, he captures a forgotten part of Black American music history. But in telling the tale of the 1969 Harlem Cultural Festival, the longtime musician and first-time filmmaker also captures a part of lost South African music history too.

Among the line-up of blossoming all-stars who played the Harlem festival, from a 19-year-old Stevie Wonder to a transcendent Mavis Staples, was a young Hugh Masekela. 30 years old at the time, he was riding the wave of success that came from releasing Grazing in the Grass the year before. To watch Masekela in that moment on that stage is to see him at the height of his time in New York City — a firecracker musician who entertained his audiences as much as he educated them about the political situation in his home country of South Africa.

The legacy Masekela sowed in New York City during the 1960s remains in the walls of the venues where he played, and in the dust of those that are no longer standing. It's in the records he made in studios and jazz clubs, and on the Manhattan streets where he once posed with a giant stuffed zebra for an album cover. It's a legacy that still lives on in tangible form, too, in the Hugh Masekela Heritage Scholarship at the Manhattan School of Music.

The school is the place where Masekela received his education and met some of the people that would go on to be life-long bandmates and friends, from Larry Willis (who, as the story goes, Masekela convinced to give up opera for piano) to Morris Goldberg, Herbie Hancock and Stewart Levine, "his brother and musical compadre," as Mabusha Masekela, Bra Hugh's nephew says.

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