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We Are Here for the Eid Al-Adha Edition of #BlackOutEid

As the Eid Al-Adha celebrations continue, check out our favorite photos and selfies from our glowed up black Muslim brothers and sisters.

Firstly, Eid Mubarak!


This celebration, also known as the Feast of Sacrifice, is one of the two major holidays in IslamEid Al-Adha corresponds with the Hajj—the pilgrimage to Mecca.

This feast commemorates when God appeared to Ibrahim (also known as Abraham) in a dream and asked him to sacrifice his son as an act of obedience. As Ibrahim was about to sacrifice his son, God stopped him and gave him a sheep to kill in place of his son.

Many Muslim families sacrifice an animal and share the meat with the poor during Eid Al-Adha. They also donate to charities that benefit the poor and routinely exchange presents during the holiday.

Secondly, we are so here for the slayage that’s been #BlackOutEid for this holiday.

The hashtag initially came last year from Twitter user @krennylavitz, who wanted to check out how other black Muslims celebrate Eid. It then resurfaced this year in July, due to black Muslims calling out and bringing attention to the lack of brown folk on Snapchat’s Eid Al-Fitr story by showing how diverse the Muslim community truly is.

Finally, it’s looking like Eid Al-Adha is another awesome reason to keep the flyness going for all the world to see, so do have a look at our favorites favorites below:

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Sarkodie Is Not Feeling Any Pressure

The elite Ghanaian rapper affirms his king status with this seventh studio album, No Pressure.

Sarkodie is one of the most successful African rappers of all time. With over ten years of industry presence under his belt, there's no question about his prowess or skin in the game. Not only is he a pioneer of African hip-hop, he's also the most decorated African rapper, having received over 100 awards from close to 200 nominations over the span of his career.

What else does Sarkodie have to prove? For someone who has reached and stayed at the pinnacle of hip-hop for more than a decade, he's done it all. But despite that, he's still embracing new growth. One can tell just by listening to his latest album, No Pressure, Sarkodie's seventh studio album, and the follow-up to 2019's Black Love which brought us some of the Ghanaian star's best music so far. King Sark may be as big as it gets, but the scope of his music is still evolving.

Sonically, No Pressure is predominantly hip-hop, with the first ten tracks offering different blends of rap topped off with a handful of afrobeats and, finally, being crowned at the end with a gospel hip-hop cut featuring Ghanaian singer MOG. As far as the features go, Sark is known for collaborating mostly with his African peers but this time around he branches out further to feature a number of guests from around the world. Wale, Vic Mensa, and Giggs, the crème de la crème of rap in America and the UK respectively all make appearances, as well as Nigeria's Oxlade, South Africa's Cassper Nyovest, and his fellow Ghanaian artists Darkovibes and Kwesi Arthur.

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