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OKP News: ColorOfChange Fights For Your Right To Vote


The 2012 US Presidential campaign season is in full swing with the Republican National Convention kicking off today, August 27th, in Tampa, FL.  If you've been keeping your eyes and ears tuned to the news, you'll know that certain factions are trying to put in place policies that may make it more difficult for minorities, those in low-income communities, youth, and the elderly at the polls this November.

Enter ColorOfChange, the largest Black online civil rights organization.

ColorOfChange recently launched Vote.ColorofChange.org dedicated to keeping voters aware of voting regulations and requirements in an effort to make sure the Black vote remains strong in this crucial election cycle.  The site offers information on voter registration, registration deadlines and procedures, ID requirements, and early voting opportunities state by state.

“The right of Black Americans to vote is under attack from the far right across the country,” said Colorofchange.org Executive Director Rashad Robinson. “ColorofChange is dedicated to making sure our community is registered and ready to vote on November 6th”

Are you ready to cast your ballot?

Interview
Photo: Benoit Peverelli

Interview: Oumou Sangaré Proves Why She's the Songbird of Wassoulou

We caught up with the Malian singer to talk about her new Acoustic album, longevity as an artist, and growing up in Mali.

When Oumou Sangaré tells me freedom is at her core, I am not surprised. If you listen to her discography, you'll be hard-pressed to find a song that doesn't center or in some way touch on women's rights or child abuse. The Grammy award-winning Malian singer has spent a significant part of her career using her voice to fight for the rights of women across Africa and the world, a testimony to this is her naming her debut studio album Moussolou, meaning Woman. The album, a pure masterpiece that solidified Oumou's place amongst the greats and earned her the name 'Songbird of Wassoulou,' was a commercial success selling over 250,000 records in Africa and would in turn go on to inspire other singers across the world.

On her latest body of work Acoustic, a reworking of her critically acclaimed 2017 album Mogoya, Oumou Sangaré proves how and why she earned her accolades. The entirety of the 11-track album was recorded within two days in the Midi Live studio in Villetaneuse in 'live' conditions—with no amplification, no retakes or overdubs, no headphones. Throughout the album, using her powerful and raw voice that has come to define feminism in Africa and shaped opinions across the continent, Oumou boldly addresses themes like loss, polygamy and female circumcision.

We caught up with the Malian singer at the studio she is staying while in quarantine to talk about her new album, longevity as an artist, and growing up in Mali.

This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity.

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