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South Africa's BLF Party Has Been Found Guilty of Hate Speech

The political party's controversial slogan 'Land or Death' has been found to constitute hate speech by the Equality Court.

South Africa's minor political party, Black First Land First (BLF), has been ordered by the Equality Court to remove their 'Land or Death' slogan from their public platforms including social media, regalia as well as website within one month of the court's ruling.

The slogan refers to any opposition to the land expropriation without compensation that will soon take place in South Africa.


The BLF has been causing quite a media storm this year. What began as more of a Black radical political movement has now become a fully fledged political party that only Black South Africans may join.

READ: South African Black Twitter is Freaking Out Over the Upcoming Elections

Just last year, Andile Mngxitama, the leader of the BLF, was in trouble after he claimed that his party would "kill five White people for every one Black person killed because of taxi violence", according to News24.

The Democratic Alliance (DA) subsequently reported him to both the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) and Equality Court for inciting violence against White South Africans.

Now, the same Equality Court has ruled that the party's slogan constitutes hate speech and that they should remove it.

However, BLF's Deputy President, Zanele Lwana, has responded to the court's ruling by saying:

"We are not going to apologise for having 'Land or Death' as a slogan. We are not going to remove 'Land or Death' from any of our platforms or T-shirts. We are going to take this matter on appeal. We believe we are protected within the confines of the Constitution in terms of freedom of expression and association. We believe a different court will get to a different judgment."




Interview: Ranks ATM Makes ‘Substance Music’

South African hip-hop artist Ranks ATM on his latest EP 'Substance Music', working with Riky Rick and his crew African Trap Movement's new chapter.

Ranks ATM demands to be taken seriously. With every successive release, listeners are bound to pick up on both his personal and artistic growth. His latest EP, Substance Music, released towards the end of 2020, is an honest body of work that sees the artist divulge some aspects of his life while remaining playful and entertaining.

Young2unn, who produced a majority of the project, gave Ranks ATM beats that primarily consist of keys and strings cushioned by atmospheric pads and ethereal vocal samples panned for effect. The music is soulful enough for Ranks to tell his story and gritty enough to maintain his street aesthetic.

On Substance Music, the artist strikes the balance between playful banter and poignant expression of emotions. It's what makes his raps believable in general—he presents himself as a complete human who feels pain at times but also feels himself. Songs such as "Die For Me" and "How Could It Be" are laced with specific details that could have only been extracted from his life experiences, for instance, on the former, he raps, "You cheated on me with a gym freak, you did me dirty."

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Still taken from music video on YouTube.

Joeboy Shares Visuals for New Track 'Lonely'

Joeboy has dropped the music video for his latest track 'Lonely'. The endearing track features on his upcoming debut album 'Somewhere Between Beauty & Magic'.

Nigerian artist Joeboy has dropped the visuals for his latest track "Lonely". The new song features on his upcoming debut album Somewhere Between Beauty & Magic which is set to be released on February 4th of this year. The debut album is the official follow-up to Joeboy's debut Love & Light EP which he released back in 2019.
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Tunisian Protests Enter Fourth Consecutive Day

Protesters in Tunisia have been holding anti-government demonstrations for the past four days against the worsening socio-economic crisis in the country.

Protests in Tunisia have entered their fourth consecutive day. Hundreds of Tunisians are leading protests across various regions of the country in response to the worsening economic and social crisis. The army has since been called in since the protests began and at least 630 arrests have reportedly been made including that of human rights activist, Hamza Nassri Jeridi. International human rights body Amnesty International has called for Jeridi's release in addition to condemning footage of army officials using excessive force.
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