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"Woke" White Teen Jokes About Traveling to Africa and Catching Ebola

Covergirl's first "cover boy" shared a tweet about traveling to Africa that angered many of his supporters.

Yesterday, Covergirl's first-ever "cover boy," teen star James Charles sent out a jokey tweet about Ebola in Africa that ended up hurting many of his followers and supporters.


It should come as no surprise to anyone that just because a person is part of a marginalized group, or simply young and "liberal," it does not make them sensitive to the experience of others, in this case Africans who have felt the sting of stigma derived from the 2014 outbreak.

Despite every country on the continent being declared Ebola-free for over a year now, he remarked that he was afraid to travel to "Africa" because "what if we catch Ebola?"

 

This is certainly not the first time someone in a visible position has minimized Africa to one not-so-funny Twitter joke. Back in 2015 PR rep, Justine Sacco tweeted: "going to Africa. Hope I don't get AIDS. Just kidding. I'm white!" Her degrading remark sent Twitter ablaze and she was eventually fired from her job as result.

In their attempts at edgy humor, Sacco and Charles trivialized an entire continent, making it the butt of their jokes in order for a little audience engagement. Needless to say, it backfired, as neither AIDS nor Ebola are funny, and neither is the privilege they exude with their ironic racism which they seem to believe does no harm. Young white people should know by now that a "woke" exterior is not a license to do shitty things.

All the Cover Girl make-up in the world can't hide that ignorance.

 

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9 Must-Hear Songs From Ghana's Buzzing Drill Scene

We give you the rundown on Ghana's drill movement, Asakaa, and the most popular songs birthed by it.

Red bandanas, streetwear, security dogs, and gang signs. If you've been paying any attention to the music scene in Ghana over the past few months, then by now you would have noticed the rise of a special hip-hop movement. The movement is called Asakaa, and it's the Ghanaian take on the Chicago-born subgenre of hip-hop called drill music. It's fresh, it's hot, it's invigorating and it's nothing like anything you've seen before from this part of the world.

The pioneers of Asakaa are fondly referred to by the genre's patrons as the Kumerica boys, a set of budding young rappers based in the city of Kumasi in the Ashanti Region of Ghana. They came into the limelight towards the end of 2020, and have been dropping banger after banger since then, topping several charts and racking up millions of views collectively. The rap is charismatic, the visuals are captivating, and their swag is urban. Characterized by Twi lyrics, infectious hooks, and sinister beats, the allure and appeal of both their art and their culture is overflowing.

"Sore," one of the benchmark songs of the movement, is a monster hit that exploded into the limelight, earning Kumerican rapper Yaw Tog a feature on Billboard Italy and a recent remix that featured Stormzy. "Ekorso" by Kofi Jamar is the song that took over Ghana's December 2020, with the video currently sitting at 1.3 million views on YouTube. "Off White Flow" is the song that earned rapper Kwaku DMC and his peers a feature on Virgil Abloh's Apple Music show Televised Radio. These are just a few examples of the numerous accolades that the songs birthed from the Asakaa movement have earned. Ghana's drill scene is the new cool, but it isn't just a trend. It's an entire movement, and it's here to stay.

Want to get familiar? Here we highlight the most prominent songs of the Asakaa movement that you need to know. Here's our rundown of Ghana's drill songs that are making waves right now. Check them out below.

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