News Brief

#BlackWomensEqualPayDay Is Calling Out the Wage Gap That Black Women Face

July 31 marks the day that black women get paid the equivalent of what white men were paid the previous year.

Today is Black Women's Equal Pay Day—the day that marks the point in the year, when black women are finally paid the equivalent of what their white, male counterparts earned last year.

Black women are using this day to call out the racial and gender inequality, that leaves black women—the most educated demographic in the nation—earning 67 cents on the dollar relative to white males. Though the gender gap exists across all races, black and Hispanic woman are hit the hardest. According to a report from the Pew Research Center, while white women earn and average of $17 per hour, black women earn $13.

Though black women continue to earn multiple degrees and work more hours on average, The National Women's Law Center, reports that black women could potentially lose around $840,000 over a 40 year career based on the current wage gap.

Black women continue to create movements that call for change in the workplace. Earlier this year, many women used the hashtag #BlackWomenAtWork to bring attention to the racism we face in the workplace.

Today, black woman of various professional backgrounds are calling out the glaring income disparity and sharing statistics, personal essays and thoughts using the hashtag #BlackWomensEqualPay.


Sarkodie Is Not Feeling Any Pressure

The elite Ghanaian rapper affirms his king status with this seventh studio album, No Pressure.

Sarkodie is one of the most successful African rappers of all time. With over ten years of industry presence under his belt, there's no question about his prowess or skin in the game. Not only is he a pioneer of African hip-hop, he's also the most decorated African rapper, having received over 100 awards from close to 200 nominations over the span of his career.

What else does Sarkodie have to prove? For someone who has reached and stayed at the pinnacle of hip-hop for more than a decade, he's done it all. But despite that, he's still embracing new growth. One can tell just by listening to his latest album, No Pressure, Sarkodie's seventh studio album, and the follow-up to 2019's Black Love which brought us some of the Ghanaian star's best music so far. King Sark may be as big as it gets, but the scope of his music is still evolving.

Sonically, No Pressure is predominantly hip-hop, with the first ten tracks offering different blends of rap topped off with a handful of afrobeats and, finally, being crowned at the end with a gospel hip-hop cut featuring Ghanaian singer MOG. As far as the features go, Sark is known for collaborating mostly with his African peers but this time around he branches out further to feature a number of guests from around the world. Wale, Vic Mensa, and Giggs, the crème de la crème of rap in America and the UK respectively all make appearances, as well as Nigeria's Oxlade, South Africa's Cassper Nyovest, and his fellow Ghanaian artists Darkovibes and Kwesi Arthur.

Keep reading... Show less

get okayafrica in your inbox


The 7 Best Nigerian Songs of the Month (July)

Featuring Olamide, Lady Donli, Omah Lay, Adekunle Gold, Falz and more.