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Beyoncé Is A(n African) Grown Woman

Africanization of Beyoncé Knowles: African influence on the new Beyoncé 'Grown Woman.'

Beyoncé Grown Woman video Live At Chime For Change

Beyoncé recently released a Timbaland-produced full studio version of "Grown Woman." While we suspected from the afrobeat percussion on the track and chanting courtesy of Guinea's Ismael "Bonfils" Kouyaté  (currently on the Fela! tour), that the next reinvention of Beyoncé might have African soul, we now have visual confirmation of an "Africanization of Beyoncé" with this performance at the Chime For Change benefit concert to support women's rights. Featured wearing a headwrap in the video's psychedelic visuals is former Fela! dancer and founder/director of Art Saves Lives, Nicole De Weever. Watch Beyoncé's tribute to Africa on her June 1st performance of "Grown Woman" below.


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10 African Films That Deal With Protest Culture & History

African countries have a long history of protests and demonstrations against forces of oppression, and this has been represented significantly in cinema.

Around the world, Nigerians in the diaspora have picked up the mantle of protesting peacefully against police brutality and violence. These gatherings are a direct extension of the nationwide protests that were brought to a tragic halt in Lagos after soldiers of the Nigerian army fired guns at peaceful protesters at the Lekki tollgate venue.

African countries have a long history of protests and demonstrations against forces of oppression and this has been represented significantly in cinema. This list, while not an exhaustive one, attempts to contextualize this rich cinematic history, tracing the complex and diverse ways that protest culture have been reflected in African film. From influential classics that are now considered required viewing to fascinating portraits of individual resistance, these films are proof that the struggle continues, regardless.

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