Trevor Noah's 'Born a Crime' is Back at the Number One Spot

After two years since its release, the memoir is back on the New York Times best sellers list.

It seems people still can't get enough of Born a Crime, the incredibly humorous yet telling memoir of Trevor Noah's life. We can't blame them though! Noah took to Instagram recently to express his excitement and gratitude at his book having taken over the number one spot yet again in the category of paperback non-fiction.

Born a Crime is a compilation of sorts of the varying stories that marked Noah's childhood. Noah was conceived by a Swiss-German man and a South African Xhosa woman. Seeing that is was still during Apartheid times, and White and Black people were not allowed to 'fraternize' in any way, Noah was by all accounts an illegal child — a crime.

Noah's memoir received riveting reviews from the likes of actor and producer Tyler Perry to even billionaire businessman, Bill Gates.

In his review, Bill Gates says:

"Much of Noah's story of growing up in South Africa is tragic. His Swiss father moves away. His family is desperately poor. He's arrested. And in the most shocking moment, his mother is shot by his stepfather. Yet in Noah's hands, these moving stories are told in a way that will often leave you laughing. His skill for comedy is clearly inherited from his mother. Even after she's shot in the face, and miraculously survives, she tells her son from her hospital bed to look at the bright side. "'Now you're officially the best-looking person in the family,'" she jokes."

Click here to purchase a copy of the memoir.

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Nasty C Partners With 'Call of Duty'

The South African star rapper announced that he's collaborating with the popular mobile game.

South African rapper Nsikayesizwe David Junior Ngcobo, popularly known as known asNasty C, recently took to Instagram to share with his millions of followers that he would be collaborating with US-based gaming publisher Call of Duty.

The rapper, who has been a long-time gamer, said that he was excited to represent the gaming brand in the South African market,“I’ve been a gamer all my life, and it’s amazing to partner with Carry1st and Call of Duty: Mobile to hype my favorite game in South Africa,” said Nasty C. “I’m excited to show off Call of Duty: Mobile to the next generation of players across the country!”

In an official statement, Cordel Robbin-Coker, the CEO of Carry1st said that the partnership was an excellent opportunity to highlight the global influence of the gaming conglomerate and also recruit new users for the platform.

“We’re excited to partner with Call of Duty: Mobile to highlight the hugely-popular gaming experience to both players that already love the game and new recruits experiencing it for the first time!” said Robbin-Coker.

Earlier this month, the company announced that Call of Duty: Mobile would be launching its own servers in South Africa, and that would give South African gamers the opportunity to seamlessly compete with other gaming enthusiasts around the world.

South African fans of the game will have the opportunity to visit the Call of Duty: Mobile booth at Comic Con Africa from September 22-25, for an exclusive opportunity to win VIP gaming experience with Nasty C, along with R5000 in cash.

Nasty C has always been active in the gaming community. Earlier this year, the 25-year-old secured a partnership deal with Activision, which sponsored his Ivyson Army Tour. With another partnership under his belt, the rapper continues to prove that it is possible to be a renowned artist and also thrive in business ventures.

In other related news, Nasty C recently collaborated with fellow South African star AKA on "Lemons (Lemonade)." He also released the Ivyson Army Tour Mixtape last week, which you can stream below.

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Nine Must-See Queer History Hotspots in Africa

Certain African countries haven’t always been hospitable to members of the LGBTQ+ community, but here are some vetted spots not to be missed when traveling.

Historically, the LGBTQ+ community across Africa has faced adversity, from homophobic biases to navigating safe spaces to flourish, especially in countries where it is illegal to exist. Whether it’s Uganda’s anti-gay legislation or transgender arrests in Cameroon, many African countries are known as hostile places for LGBTQ+ people to visit, let alone live.

As a result of this, many significant events that have happened in the past do not get the attention they deserve to be celebrated and acknowledged. This is especially true when it comes to the African continent. Those with a passion for travel and exploration, looking to see key historical landmarks want to do so knowing they’ll be in as safe an environment as possible.

Here, then, are some must-see locations in Africa that have been significant to members of the queer community. Many of these landmarks are primarily in Cape Town, as the mother city is home to the most established queer community on the African continent, and South Africa was the first country in the world to outlaw discrimination based on sexual orientation.

1. Gran Café De Paris - Tangier, Morocco

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Morocco's Gran Café De Paris is a hotspot for LGBTQ+ literature fans to visit.

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Although Morocco is a conservative society now, it remains an important part of queer history and tourism in Africa. In the early ‘40s and ‘50s, the elite gay literati of the time all flocked to Tangier as it was an open-minded environment that provided a safe haven from other country’s conservativeness.

From beat poet Allen Ginsberg to novelist Jean Ganet to author Paul Bowles and playwright Truman Capote – all met at the Gran Café De Paris to break bread and exchange ideas. It was a place for these scholars to thrive and brainstorm with each other, with the cafe’s influence often making its way into the work these writers created. Today, it's a place still alive with this history that can be felt while enjoying a coffee at the cafe.

2. Pink Rose Guesthouse and Spa - Cape Town, South Africa

Opened by a German couple in 2009, the Pink Rose is the first guesthouse of its kind, marketing itself as a welcome spot for gay travelers looking for a place to rest their heads after a day of sightseeing or somewhere to escape the city bustle. Located in Somerset West, it’s become known for its luxurious amenities and peaceful surroundings.

3. Harrison Reef Hotel - South Africa

Located in downtown Johannesburg, not too far from the financial district of Sandton, lies the Harrison Reef Hotel. It's home to the Skyline bar, which is one of Africa’s longest-running gay bars.

In the ‘70s, the Skyline bar was one of the few places where queer people could be free to express themselves away from the discrimination that they faced from society. The Hotel is also home to the Hope and Unity Metropolitan Church, which was established there in 1994.

The church has served as a spiritual home to many LGBTQ+ members seeking religious reconciliation, and it has single-handedly blessed a large number of same-sex unions before and after they were legalized in the country. The church is known for also being a social gathering point for many Black queer people to meet.

4. Okavango Delta - Botswana

This wildlife destination was the first to create a safe and inclusive environment by putting discrimination protection policies in place for its queer residents at a time when homosexuality was illegal in Botswana. It is a great area to explore the unique water wonderlands, and is popularly known as Africa’s garden of Eden.

5. Victoria Falls - Zimbabwe

Victoria Falls is known as the world's largest waterfall, and is situated between Zimbabwe and Zambia. Although it is illegal in both countries to be queer, Victoria Falls is popularly known as the unofficial gay adventure capital of Africa by travelers, as it is a neutral ground for all to visit without facing prejudice and discrimination.

The Victoria Falls Lodge is a heavyweight safari destination that is situated near the waterfall. Its judgment-free motto and luxurious surroundings make it an essential area for sightseeing. It is a dream destination for queer people looking to have a relaxing vacation while keeping in touch with their history.

6. Lux Saint Gilles Resort Hotels - Reunion Island

Considered the Hawaii of French territories, the island is a natural paradise, and since its independence, offers a hubbub of bars, restaurants, and hotels that are geared specifically to the LGBTQ+ community.

In 2007, a gay-friendly welcoming charter was created, and the island is popularly known as the Ultimate Island due to its fascinating culture and stunning scenery. This is where Lux Saint Gillies Resort Hotels is located. The creole villa is in the middle of the island and is only a few steps away from the Lagoon of L’Hermitage Beach.

7. The People’s Mosque - Cape Town

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The People's Mosque is the first mosque in Africa to accept and acknowledge the existence of queer Muslims. It is spear-headed by an openly gay Imam.

The mosque has served as a home for queer Muslims across the continent who are navigating hostile climates and ostracism from society. Here they learn to reconcile their sexual identity through their religious faith.

It was created by Imam Mushin Hendrix in 2009 to be a haven away from clashes between religious and queer rights, and has provided many with a renewed sense of hope.

8. Cafe Manhattan - Cape Town, South Africa

This industrial chic cafe has been a fixture in the heart of the De Waterkant village since 1994. It lays claim to being the oldest gay bar in Cape Town and offers a wide range of affordable meals while doubling as a meeting point for queer people to mingle. It is the go-to location for date nights and group hangouts, especially for members of the LGBTQ+ community in Cape Town.

9. The Tomb of Niankhnoum and Khnumhotep's Mastaba - Egypt

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Egypt has a unique site of interest for LGBTQ+ visitors to the country to take in.

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The Tomb of the Egyptian Manicurists, Niankhnoum and Khnumhotep, is a key landmark that showcases the existence of queer culture in Ancient Egypt. The mastaba, known as a house of stability or eternal house, is considered by many scholars to be the proof of the first same sex couple in the country’s recorded history. The Tomb has since become a popular tourist center for all looking to gain insight into this fascinating occurrence.

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Nigeria's NATIVE Records Partners With Def Jam Recordings

The Lagos and UK-based NATIVE Records, music division of the NATIVE network, will sign and develop new talent.

Def Jam Recordings has entered into a joint exclusive partnership with NATIVE Records. The recent venture was announced by Tunji Balogun, the Chairman & CEO, Def Jam Recordings, Seni ‘Chubbz’ Saraki and Teni ‘Teezee’ Zaccheaus, Co-Presidents and Co-Founders of NATIVE Networks.

Balogun has had a lot of commercial success, and was instrumental in spearheading the careers of renowned artists like Wizkid and Tems, who have been at the forefront of pushing the African sound to the forefront. In their joint collaboration, both companies with use their years of expertise and acumen to develop African talent and place more African artists on the global music stratosphere.

Native Records is a Black-owned platform that was founded in 2016 by Saraki and Zaccheaus with Shola Fagbemi, Addy Edgal and Suleiman Shittu. It operates as the music branch of Native Networks and is dedicated to amplifying the voices of underrepresented African artists, and has been a driving force in the Afrobeats movement. The collaboration with Def Jam Recordings, an affiliate of Universal Music Group will synergize Afro-centric sounds and artists with mainstream hip hop, contemporary R&B, soul and pop artists and their management.

In a public statement, Tunji Balogun said that the partnership was an authentic deal that would open doors for new talent.

“As we build a culture here at Def Jam that connects the best in the global black music diaspora - from hip-hop and R&B to reggae, afrobeats and more — clearly some of the best, most vital, interesting and cutting-edge new artists and sounds in music today are coming out of the continent,” said Balogun. “Seni, Teni and the Native crew have their fingers on the pulse of what's truly happening in the scene, as an engine for discovery, and as a hub for creators and artists. I’ve been a fan of their platform, and have been connected to the guys for some time. Our partnership feels authentic and natural, and I believe we’re going to discover and develop some amazing talent together.”

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Oxlade Took a Leap of Faith and Landed On a Global Phenomenon

We talk to Oxlade about the phenomenon that is "Ku Lo Sa," his upcoming album, and the domino effect that has led him to this point.

Oxlade’s sultry voice was first introduced on his big break, Blaqbonez’s "Mamiwota," and from that moment it was apparent that Nigerian music had another star on its hands. It was a performance that helped change the tide towards mid and low-tempo songs in mainstream Nigerian music. It was only a matter of time before Oxlade proved to the world that he was a force to be reckoned with, and a special talent among the new guard of Afrobeats stars.

Olaitan Abdulrahman, popularly known by the name his grandfather gave him ‘Oxlade,’ has a success story that blossomed at the confluence of opportunity and preparation. The new superstar was never sure of his path when he was just making ends meet, all he had was a voice, one fine-tuned since adolescent choir years, and a heart that believed he was destined for more. Four years later, with a couple of hits in his catalog, and a record deal with Epic Records, the spotlight is now on Oxlade.

In a year that has had major young Nigerian stars like Rema and Fireboy DML push African music to bigger frontiers globally, Oxlade lays his claim as well with the viral hit "Ku Lo Sa." The eargasmic Afro-tune was Oxlade’s latest offering in collaboration with German creative house COLORS Studios. For Oxlade this was all unplanned but yet he’s grateful and excited to share what he has in store, the music he believes is the best version of Oxlade his growing fans have heard.

“I make ethereal music. Ethereal is something that is so delicate, and it's so special. That almost sounds godlike.”

We talk to Oxlade about the phenomenon that is "Ku Lo Sa," his incoming album, and the domino effect that has led him to this point.

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