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Blitz the Ambassador's Guide To Being An 'African in New York'

Blitz the Ambassador African in New York is our latest city guide feature. Ghanaian-born Blitz lists his favorite spots in NYC.

In our City Guide series we present an alternative, non-whack way of getting to know a town. For our latest edition we enlisted the help of Accra born and raised Blitz the Ambassador for a Ghanaian lens of New York. After all, dude's recently released track is a snazzily-sampled, firsthand account of immigrant life in the Big Apple. Get acquainted with Blitz's city below and, while you're at it, turn up his single "African in New York."

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Best Music Venue:

Blitz: SOB's, I'm biased because they gave me my first real show in New York. And more importantly Papa Jube who was the booker at the time pulled me to the side after the show and screamed at me: "You never hit the stage without your Ghana flag man!" Since then, I've always kept my flag on my mic stand.

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Best Club/Night Spot:

B: Anywhere Rich Medina or Chief Boima are spinning. From afrobeat to highlife to kuduro to soukous to azonto. Those guys play it all. [Stream Rich Medina's Africa In Your Earbuds mixtape below]

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Best night/event for Ghanaian culture:

B: Independence Day Celebration in the Bronx. I run into lots of people I went to high school with back in Ghana. It's one big reunion.

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Best spot for Ghanaian food:

B: Papaye Restaurant in the Bronx. I judge how good a restaurant is based on how many people from that country patronize it. That's how you know it's authentic. At Papaye, you find a few foreigners but mostly Ghanaians.

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Best Date Spot:

B: MoCADA Museum. I like to keep it Brooklyn and they always have some dope exhibit. Yep, I'm that kind of guy.

*Blitz supplied tracks attached to the three pieces featured in this MoCADA exhibit.

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Best Drink In Town:

B: I don't drink alcohol, so its either Ginger Beer or Malta.

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Blitz's latest off the forthcoming The Warm Up EP showcases rapid-fire spitting with fellow Ghanaian emcee Sarkodie. Stream "Internationally Known" below and catch up on city guides from Alec Lomami [Kinshasa], Christian Tiger School [Cape Town], and Bombino [Tuareg Touring in the U.S.].

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Burna Boy, Teni, AKA, Sho Madjozi, Mr Eazi & More Earn 2019 BET Award Nominations

This year's "Best International Act" categories are stacked with some of the biggest names in African pop.

The nominees for this year's BET Awards have been announced, and one again, some of the biggest names in African pop have been named in the " International Act" categories.

This year, Nigerian acts Burna Boy, Mr Eazi have been nominated in the "Best International Act" category. They've each had standout years, with both artists performing at the Coachella Music Festival this year.

They're nominated alongside South African star rapper AKA, who won a Kids' Choice Award earlier this year for "Favorite South African Star," and the French-Malian pop singer and one of OkayAfrica's 100 Women Aya Nakamura. French-Cameroonian and Togolese rapper Dosseh and UK rappers Dave, and Giggs round out the heavily-stacked category.

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This New Documentary Sheds Light On the History of a Beloved Nigerian Staple—Agege Bread

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This new documentary following Nigeria's own Agege Bread contributes to the need of preserving and documenting food culture on the continent.

In Fresh Agege Bread, directed and produced by filmmaker Chika Okoli of FABA (For Africans By Africans), we follow food researcher Ozoz Sokoh as she traces the history and popularity of Agege Bread featuring its pioneering bakers, community figureheads and locals. The documentary touches on the rise of the booming product as well as addresses some of the controversies around the health and safety measures applied in the production of this staple.

For Okoli, the inability to find such insights about this significant food in Nigerian culture is what inspired her to develop this documentary.

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amA picture taken on May 17, 2019 in Berlin shows a Stone Cross, a key 15th-century navigation landmark erected by Portuguese explorers, seen at the History Museum in Berlin. (Photo: TOBIAS SCHWARZ/AFP/Getty Images)

Germany to Return Stolen 15th Century Stone Cross to Namibia

Germany's Culture Minister says the move is a "clear sign" that the country is committed to coming to terms with its colonial past.

In the latest development in the movement towards African art repatriation, the German government will return a 15th-century Portuguese stone cross that has been in its possession since the colonial era, back to its original home in Namibia.

The cross was a navigation landmark placed on the coastline of present-day Namibia in 1496, before it was taken in the late 17th century under German colonial rule, BBC Africa reports.

The Namibian government put out a request for its return back in 2017, and the request was formally approved today by the Berlin Museum. The cross is set to be returned in August, according to a statement from the museum.

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