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Bozoma Saint John Astounds the Crowd at Apple’s Annual WWDC Conference

Ghanaian Apple Music marketing executive Bozoma Saint John for the win at #WWDC2016.

A predominately white male audience witnessed a rare sight, much akin to an unicorn, at Apple’s Annual Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco, Monday.


While presenting on Apple Music’s major visual overhaul, which includes a new interface and a Siri add-on for Macs, Head (diva) of Global Consumer Marketing Bozoma “Boz” Saint John, who is Ghana-born, fired up The Sugarhill Gang’s Rapper’s Delight, signaling the black girl magic spell she was about to cast over the audience.

Saint John’s presentation on the music app brought much needed zest to the staleness many have come to expect from Apple’s tech-heavy conference. Remember last year? That's Apple's senior vice president of Internet Software and Services Eddy Cue showing off his less-than-stellar dance moves.

And Twitter definitely took notice.

See, you get the picture.

As cameras panned overhead, it was apparent that the melanin-deficient audience didn’t know what had hit them.

“No,” Saint John commands, doubling as her own hype-woman, “We’re gonna pause this, because some of you guys are not rapping to the beat.”

JOKES!

If you think this is the first time you’re seeing the marketing executive and naturalista, who got her start at Pepsi and Spike Lee's advertising agency Spike DDB, she has already put you on notice.

Saint John is the beauty and the brains behind Apple Music’s brilliant ad featuring fellow black girl magicians, actresses Kerry Washington and Taraji P. Henson and R&B superstar Mary J. Blige.

She’s quite persuasive, too. Leading Pepsi-Cola North America’s music and entertainment marketing group, she secured endorsements with entertainers Nicki Minaj, Kanye West and Eminem as well as sponsorships at The Grammys and the Super Bowl. Let us not forget that she reportedly convinced Beyoncé to rivet the stage at during the 2013 Super Bowl half-time show, which you might recall resulted in a pretty insane black out. Adding to her gravitas, Saint John was named one of Billboard’s Top Women in Music and an ADCOLOR Rockstar honoree.

Not only is she the MVP of #WWDC2016, Saint John is a single mother (her husband passed from cancer a few months before she took her Apple gig), holding it down for her six-year-old daughter in Los Angeles.

And she reps hard for her people—Saint John played Ghana Music Awards’ Hiplife song of the year Yewo Krom by Atom while closing out her thrilling demo of Apple Music’s latest redesign and enhancements.

Boz proves she’s a bawse, unapologetically black, and she’s in good company as 2016 signals #PeakBlackGirlMagic.

Watch Saint John dazzle the audience below (She plays Atom’s Yewo Krom at the 5:35 mark).

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The Fugees Will Be Playing Live Concerts In Ghana & Nigeria

Ready or not.

The legendary Fugees have announced that they will be reuniting for their first shows in 15 years for a string of concerts across North America, Europe and West Africa.

The reunion tour will be celebrating the anniversary of their classic 1996 album, The Score.

Ms. Lauryn Hill, Wyclef Jean and Pras Michel will be embarking on a 12-city global tour, which will have them landing in Nigeria and Ghana for a pair of December show dates — we'll have more details on those to come.

The tour starts this week with a 'secret' pop-up show at an undisclosed location in New York City on Wednesday (9/22) in support of Global Citizen Live. The rest of the dates will kick-off in November and see The Fugees playing concerts across Chicago Los Angeles, Atlanta, Oakland, Miami, Newark, Paris, London, and Washington DC, before finishing off in Nigeria and Ghana.

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