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Nigeria's Burna Boy and South Africa's Sho Madjozi Won Big at the BET Awards

The multitalented artists are the music game's best international acts for this year.

Last night, Nigeria's Burna Boy and South Africa's Sho Madjozi came through for the continent as they bagged Best International Act and Best New International Act (fan-voted) respectively at the BET Awards held in Los Angeles, California.


Sho Madjozi's win was historic for the country as she became the first South African female artist to win a BET award. The visibly emotional "Huku Nambiya" singer-songwriter took to the stage in her signature colorful style to accept her award from American actor, Terrence J. Always a fierce cheerleader for her hometown Limpopo, she spoke about how her humble beginnings did not prevent her from being the superstar she's always dreamt of. "My story is a testament that you can come from any village, in any forgotten part of the world, and still be a superstar."

Also repping for the continent was the indomitable Burna Boy. South African rapper AKA, who was also in the running for Best International Act, lost to Burna Boy and definitely left his loyal Megacy in their feels. Bose Ogulu or "Mama Burna", the artist's mother and manager, accepted the award on her son's behalf saying, "Thank you very much BET, thank you Africa. That is the constituency for which we got noticed." Mama Burna wasn't done though, she had a word for African-Americans and added that, "The message from Burna would be that every Black person should please remember that you were African before you became anything else."

Watch Mama Burna's acceptance speech here.

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Watch the Striking Trailer for 'Farming'—Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje's Directorial Debut

This is a must-watch.

The trailer for Farming, Nigerian-British actor Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje's directorial debut, is here.

"Between the 1960s and the 1980s, thousands of Nigerian children were farmed out to white working class families in the UK," the trailer begins. "This is the true story of just one of them."

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#IStandWithIlhan: Supporters Rally Behind Ilhan Omar Following Racist 'Send Her Back' Chant

"I am here where I belong, at the people's house, and you're just going to have to deal,"—Congresswoman Ilhan Omar

Social media continues to rally behind Representative Ilhan Omar, following a series of racist remarks targeted at her and several other congresswoman of color by President Donald Trump.

The president doubled down on his racist rhetoric during a re-election rally in North Carolina on Wednesday, attendees began chanting "send her back," referring to Omar—echoing anti-imigrant remarks that the president tweeted last week, in which he wrote that four congresswomen of color: Omar, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ayanna Pressley and Rashida Tlaib should "go back" to where they came from.

This is far from the first time that Omar has been on the receiving end of racist and Islamophobic attacks and referred to as un-American on account of her Somali heritage.

READ: Op-Ed: In Defense of the Black Boogeyman

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6 African Country Musicians You Should Check Out

Featuring Sir Elvis, Jess Sah Bi & Peter One, Emma Ogosi and more.

With Lil Nas X's EP going straight to number on the American charts, it seems like country music revival is taking over 2019 and beyond, thanks to its unlikely fusion with trap music. It only makes sense that black people are reclaiming the genre, as country was actually partly created by black American artists and heavily influenced by gospel music.

On top of that, plenty of lesser known black artists and bands are making country, or country-infused, music. This is especially the case in Africa, where the genre has been around for a few decades and an increasing number of musicians are gaining momentum. By gaining popularity in Africa, country is coming back to its roots, as country guitar and the way of playing it was originally inspired by the banjo— an instrument that African slaves brought with them to America.

Country music has a strong appeal across the African continent for several reasons: the similarity with many African instruments and the recurring lyrics and themes about love, heartbreak and "the land." At the heart of it, country music has an appeal to working class people all over the world who feel let down by the people that were supposed to help them.

Country music is played regularly on the radio in countries such as Kenya, Tanzania and Malawi but yet, the artists featured are overwhelmingly white and American. African country singers do not get the respect they deserve or are seen as anomalies. With the growing number of them making country music, here is a list of the ones you need to listen to right now.

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