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Ghanaian Superwoman Bozoma Saint John is the Most Badass Music Exec of 2016

Bozoma Saint John named Billboard's Most Powerful Women in Music of 2016.

By now, you’ve probably heard the name Bozoma Saint John. If you haven’t, here’s a quick introduction: Boz is an absolute badass. In fact, she’s taking badass to a whole other level.


The Ghanaian-born Apple Music global marketing executive made waves in June when she astounded the crowd at Apple’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco.

Not that we didn’t already know, but Boz is now officially 2016’s executive of the year. This is according to Billboard Women in Music (and we wholeheartedly co-sign), who named her “Executive of the Year," and thus number one on their list of the Top 100 Most Powerful Women in Music.

Boz’s lists of accomplishments already runs deep, including being the brains behind what may very well go down as the most important commercial in Super Bowl history (remember, the one with Kerry Washington, Taraji P. Henson and Mary J. Blige?)

Big up, Boz!

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Bozoma Saint John Is Getting Her Own Docuseries

The series will premiere on Starz and cover a range of topics related to her personal and professional life.

Star business executive Bozoma Saint John will get her own docuseries coming to Starz in 2019, Fast Company reports.

The Chief Marketing Officer at Endeavor will host and produce Bozoma: Being Badass, a series that will cover various topics related to the executive's passions, professional endeavors and personal life, such as of the loss of her husband to cancer and navigating the subsequent grief that comes from losing a loved one. The exec told Fast Company that the show will aim to inspire others "to show up wholly as ourselves."

"The multi-hyphenate that I am. Being black, being the child of immigrants...being a widow, a mother. All of those things that make up who I am. That's what's so beautiful about the human experience. None of us are one-dimensional," she added.

She'll also interview others in relation to each topic. Saint John described the series as "a cross between Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown, Mister Rogers, and The Oprah Winfrey Show." The show will be executive produced by Parts Unknown producer Alex Lowry along with Saint John herself and Anjula Acharia.

The show is set to begin production early next year, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

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Ghanaian Exec Bozoma Saint John Leaves Uber For Entertainment Company, Endeavor

After a year at Uber, the high-profile Ghanaian exec will take her talents to Hollywood as Endeavor's new CMO.

Bozoma Saint John has left Uber for the entertainment conglomerate Endeavor, where she will act as Chief Marketing Officer.

The high-profile exec was named Chief Brand Officer of Uber Technologies last June, amidst a slew of widely-publicized scandals involving sexual assault accusations, management woes and questionable organizational culture. "Boz joined Uber at a time when the company was hurting—but her energy, optimism and creativity have been a key part of our ongoing turnaround. Endeavor is lucky to have her, and I'm excited to watch her work in her new role," Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi told TechCrunch.

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In Conversation with Congolese NBA Player Emmanuel Mudiay: 'I want more African players in the NBA.'

The Utah Jazz player talks about being African in the NBA, supporting basketball in the DRC and how 'everybody knows about Burna Boy'.

Inspired by his basketball-playing older brothers, by second grade, Emmanuel Mudiay already knew that he wanted to play in the American National Basketball Association. Then in 2001 his family, fleeing the war in Democratic Republic of Congo, sought asylum in the United States.

In America, Mudiay saw basketball as a way for him to improve his situation. After impressive high school and college careers, he moved to China to play pro ball. Picked 7th overall in the 2015 NBA draft, the now 23-year-old guard has made a name for himself this season coming off the bench for the Utah Jazz.

Mudiay attests to the sport having changed not only his life but that of his siblings. Basketball gave them all a chance at a good education and the opportunity to dream without conditions. Now he wants to see other talented African players make it too.

We caught up with him to talk about his experience as an African player in the NBA, his hopes for basketball on the African continent and who he and his teammates jam out to in their locker rooms.

This interview has been edited for length and clarity.

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University lecturer and activist Doctor Stella Nyanzi (L) reacts in court as she attends a trial to face charges for cyber-harassment and offensives communication, in Kampala, on April 10, 2017. (Photo by GAEL GRILHOT/AFP via Getty Images)

Jailed Ugandan Activist, Stella Nyanzi, Wins PEN Prize for Freedom of Expression

The outspoken activist, who is currently serving a prison sentence for a poem she wrote about the president's mother's vagina, won for her resistance "in front of a regime that is trying to suppress her."

Stella Nyanzi, the Ugandan academic, activist, and vocal critic of President Yoweri Museveni has been awarded the 2020 Oxfam Novib/PEN International award for freedom of expression, given to writers who "continue to work for freedom of expression in the face of persecution."

Nyanzi is currently serving a 15 month sentence for "cyber harassment" after she published a poem in which she wrote that she wished "the acidic pus flooding Esiteri's (the president's mother) vaginal canal had burn up your unborn fetus. Burn you up as badly as you have corroded all morality and professionalism out of our public institutions in Uganda."

According to the director of PEN International, Carles Torner, her unfiltered outspokenness around the issues facing her country is what earned her the award. "For her, writing is a permanent form of resistance in front of a regime that is trying to suppress her," said Torner at the award ceremony.

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