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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:

History Has Its Eyes On You. Know what is right. Know what is wrong.

A photo posted by Questlove Gomez (@questlove) on

 

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.

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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Interview: Meet Velemseni, Eswatini’s Queen of Soul

Soul artist Velemseni's music reflects Eswatini culture and aesthetics. "The Kingdom of Eswatini is a magical and mysterious place, and my music aims to interpret and document that mystique, drawing from genres like Swazi gospel, soul, African soul, cinematic and traditional music," says the artist.

From being a backing vocalist for some of Eswatini's household names like Bholoja, Siyinqaba and Nomalungelo Dladla, Velemseni has gone on to soar to greater heights.

The Eswatini guitarist and soul singer's debut album, We are People (2014), showcased soothing vocals and strong musicality. The project was received well, getting airplay in the country's major radio stations (EBIS1 and 2).

The 11-track project was produced by David F from France, Martin Berauer from Austria and Eswatini's Bholoja. It led to Velemseni embarking on a US mini-tour in 2014.

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