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Celebrities And Activists Speak Out Against Trump's Muslim Ban

Several celebrities and activists took to social media this weekend to denounce Trump's unconstitutional and discriminatory Muslim ban.

Over the weekend, demonstrators took to airports across the country to protest Trump’s executive order to ban refugees and international travelers from several predominantly Muslim countries—specifically Iran, Iraq, Sudan, Syria, Libya, Yemen and Somalia—from entering the United States. Several travelers arriving from these countries were barred passage and detained in airports for hours, while other green-card holders who had travelled outside of the United States were prohibited from boarding their return flights.


As crowds gathered, a number of celebrities took to social media to condemn Trump's actions.

Rihanna kept it very real with this tweet about the man currently in charge of running the country:

 

Somali-American Representative, Ilhan Omar shared her reactions to the ban via CNN:

 

Questlove shared this photo on his Instagram:

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Dave Chapelle shared these words at an Anti-Trump rally in Dayton, Ohio:

 

Mahershala Ali took home an award for "Best Supporting Role" at last night's SAG awards and used his acceptance speech as an opportunity to speak out against Islamophobia.

 

British-Somali Olympic medalist, Mo Farah, shared this Facebook post about the personal affects of the ban on him and his family.

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With the Muslim ban, Trumps fallacious, anti-Muslim rhetoric has been actualized. As he continues to utilize his platform, aka his Twitter page, to disseminate alternative facts and clear-cut hate, it is important that celebrities, and others with the ability to engage large audiences, use theirs to do the very opposite.

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Reekado Banks Recalls The Carnage of The #EndSARS Protests In Single 'Ozumba Mbadiwe'

The Nigerian singer pays his respects to those lost during last year's #EndSARS protests.

Nigerian singer and songwriter Reekado Banks is back with a track that is as socially important as it is a banger. It seems fitting for the singer's first solo release of the year to be a tribute to his fellow countrypeople fighting for a country that they all wish to live in. The 27-year-old Afrobeats crooner has returned with endearing track 'Ozumba Mbadiwe', honoring the one-year anniversary of the #EndSARS protests that saw the Nigerian government authorize an onslaught of attacks on Nigerian citizens for their anti-government demonstrations.

The protests took the world by storm, additionally because the Nigerian government insists that none of the police brutality happened. In an attempt to gaslight the globe, Nigerian officials have come out to hoards to deny any and all accusations of unlawfully killing peaceful protesters. Banks mentions the absurd denials in the track, singing "October 20, 2020 something happened with the government, they think say we forget," in the second verse. Reekado's reflective lyrics blend smoothly and are supported by the upbeat, effortless Afrobeat rhythm.

In another reflective shoutout to his home, 'Ozumba Mbadiwe' is named after a popular expressway on Lagos Island that leads to the infamous Lekki Toll Gate where protesters were shot at, traumatized, and murdered. Although packed with conscious references, the P.Priime produced track is a perfect amalgamation of the talents that Reekado Banks has to offer; a wispy opening verse, a hook to kill, and an ethereal aura to mark this as a song as a hit. On "Ozumba Mbadiwe," all the elements align for Reekado's signature unsinkable sound to take flight.

Check out Reekado Bank's lyric video for his single 'Ozumba Mbadiwe'

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