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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Inspired Dior’s Feminist Collection at Paris Fashion Week

Dior has a new Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie-inspired “We Should All Be Feminists” t-shirt.

Often, when you hear about “inspiration” at European and New York fashion weeks, it’s for some horribly misguided shit that went down. Remember last month when Marc Jacobs defended white models wearing dreadlocks at his NYFW show with this knee-jerk response?


Here’s some inspiration we can get behind.

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie has emerged as one of the stars of Paris Fashion Week. Why? The Nigerian novelist, writer and feminist icon is said to be the inspiration for Maria Grazia Chiuri’s ready-to-wear spring 2017 Dior collection and show. Chiuri, Dior's first female creative director in the fashion powerhouse's 70-year history, brought unabashed feminism to the runway on Friday.

"I strive to be attentive and open to the world and to create fashion that resembles the women of today," she said in her show notes, according to the Washington Post.

One design that stood out was a t-shirt with the words “WE SHOULD ALL BE FEMINISTS,” the name of the groundbreaking speech Adichie gave at a 2013 TedxEuston talk and subsequently developed into a book-length essay published in 2014. (Although there's still no word on how much one of these feminist couture tees will set you back.)

At one point, Chiuri had her models walk the runway to “Flawless,” Beyoncé’s girl-power anthem that famously featured excerpts from Adichie’s “We Should All Be Feminists.” And according to the Washington Post, excerpts from the speech echoed throughout the show's soundtrack.

Adichie watched on from the front row.

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Zlatan "Zanku (Leg Work)" music video.

Is Zanku Set to Be the New Dance Craze of 2019?

Breaking down what could become the year's new dance craze.

With last week's release of the video for "Zanku (Leg Work)," Zlatan Ibile has consecrated himself as the originator of the newest dance craze in afropop.

The specific origin of the name 'zanku' is uncertain but the dance itself, says Ibile in this interview from December, is one he noticed from his visits to The Shrine in Lagos and refashioned into a trend.

The best zanku, so far, works best in beats combining repeated foot tapping or pounding, with hands held aloft, and finished with a flourish—a stylised thrusting of one foot as if to knock down a door. Variations include a faster footwork, mimicry of slicing and screwing hand motions and the brandshing of a white kerchief, all of which is done with vigour and attitude.

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WurlD: Nigeria's Most Inspired Star?

We talk to the Nigerian artist about creating a sound that connects to the quintessential Afropolitan mind.

WurlD, the blue-haired singer with a killer voice and deep songwriting, is a wonder. His music sits at the intersection between African vibes and Western delivery. 2018 has been a huge for him, with a deal with Universal Music ensuring that his art has received consistency in release.

Born Sadiq Onifade, the Afro-Fusion artist has had an inspiring journey, moving from the streets of Mushin in Lagos, to the US, from where much of his music has been conceived. The complete creative embrace of that cross-cultural influence has become his strongest point, with songs such as "Show You Off" and "Contagious" offering a unique angle to his sound.

"Moving to America for me gave me the opportunity to learn music and I fell in love with songwriting," WurlD says of his influence. "Atlanta (where I lived) is a creative hub when it comes to songwriting and producing, some of the biggest songs in the world were produced in Atlanta, people round the world go to Atlanta to go meet producers and songwriters in Atlanta. There, I fell in love with music and songwriting."

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France Still Doesn't Know How Racism Works and the Vilification of Nick Conrad Proves It

The French rapper is currently on trial for his music video "Hang White People," which depicts what life might be like if the racial tables were turned.

When the music video "Pendez les Blancs" ("Hang White people") by French rapper Nick Conrad was released, the backlash was intense. The video shows what life would be if black people had enslaved white people. "Hang white people… arm them and let them kill each other" Conrad raps. He is not the first artist to think about a life where Black people would dominate white people. Todric Hall's music video "Forbidden" and Malorie Blackman's novels "Noughts and Crosses" did it before. But in France, a country that still tries to stop Black people from organising as a community, Nick Conrad had to pay the price.

First, he received countless death threats and lost his job at a prestigious French hotel. Everyone, from French personalities to the government called him out. And then, two anti-racist and anti-semitism organizations, the LICRA and L'AGRIF sued him. His trial happened last week. French journalist Sihame Assbague was there to witness it, and what she reports is baffling.

To the prosecution, Conrad is encouraging his audience to kill white people. They believe that anti white racism or "reverse racism" is just as bad as any type of racism and that Conrad is using a "black supremacist language" with words like "queen" "king" when he mentions Africa. In their mind, once Black people stop trying to integrate and start organising themselves, it's just as bad as white people being racist. Ethnocentrism is dangerous.

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