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Destiny's Child Reunite to Win the #MannequinChallenge

Watch a reunited Destiny’s Child win the #MannequinChallenge with some help from Lauryn Hill.

The #MannequinChallenge, if you haven’t heard, is the new viral video trend making the rounds on social media. In it, participants are seen freezing mid-action, ala a room full of mannequins doing really dramatic things. Rae Sremmurd had a pretty fantastic one recently. (And we at Okayafrica HQs have an official one in the works…)


But perhaps the greatest gift the #MannequinChallenge has given us thus far is a reunited Destiny’s Child.

That’s right, Beyoncé has joined forces with her former band members Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams to bring us the ultimate #MannequinChallenge. The video was shot at a birthday party for Kelly’s son, Titan. And as if it could get any better, Lauryn’s Hill’s “Every Ghetto, Every City" plays in the background.

Watch here via Kelly’s Instagram.

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Interview: Wavy The Creator Is Ready to See You Now

The multidisciplinary Nigerian-American artist on tapping into all her creative outlets, creating interesting things, releasing a new single and life during quarantine.

A trip canceled, plans interrupted, projects stalled. It is six months now since Wavy the Creator has had to make a stop at an undisclosed location to go into quarantine and get away from the eye of the pandemic.

The professional recording artist, photographer, writer, fashion artist, designer, and evolving creative has been spending all of this time in a house occupied by other creatives. This situation is ideal. At least for an artist like Wavy who is always in a rapid motion of creating and bringing interesting things to life. The energy around the house is robust enough to tap from and infuse into any of her numerous creative outlets. Sometimes, they also inspire trips into new creative territories. Most recently, for Wavy, are self-taught lessons on a bass guitar.

Wavy's days in this house are not without a pattern, of course. But some of the rituals and personal rules she drew up for herself, like many of us did for internal direction, at the beginning of the pandemic have been rewritten, adjusted, and sometimes ditched altogether. Some days start early and end late. Some find her at her sewing machine fixing up thrift clothes to fit her taste, a skill she picked up to earn extra cash while in college, others find her hard at work in the studio, writing or recording music.

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