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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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Hugh Masekela's New York City Legacy

A look back at the South African legend's time in New York City and his enduring presence in the Big Apple.

In Questlove's magnificent documentary, Summer of Soul, he captures a forgotten part of Black American music history. But in telling the tale of the 1969 Harlem Cultural Festival, the longtime musician and first-time filmmaker also captures a part of lost South African music history too.

Among the line-up of blossoming all-stars who played the Harlem festival, from a 19-year-old Stevie Wonder to a transcendent Mavis Staples, was a young Hugh Masekela. 30 years old at the time, he was riding the wave of success that came from releasing Grazing in the Grass the year before. To watch Masekela in that moment on that stage is to see him at the height of his time in New York City — a firecracker musician who entertained his audiences as much as he educated them about the political situation in his home country of South Africa.

The legacy Masekela sowed in New York City during the 1960s remains in the walls of the venues where he played, and in the dust of those that are no longer standing. It's in the records he made in studios and jazz clubs, and on the Manhattan streets where he once posed with a giant stuffed zebra for an album cover. It's a legacy that still lives on in tangible form, too, in the Hugh Masekela Heritage Scholarship at the Manhattan School of Music.

The school is the place where Masekela received his education and met some of the people that would go on to be life-long bandmates and friends, from Larry Willis (who, as the story goes, Masekela convinced to give up opera for piano) to Morris Goldberg, Herbie Hancock and Stewart Levine, "his brother and musical compadre," as Mabusha Masekela, Bra Hugh's nephew says.

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