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First Look: Peter Johnson of P96 Reveals His Custom Air Max 200s Co-Created with Nike

The Nigerian-born entrepreneur was one of 28 creators to design a sneaker for Nike's NYC by You project.

Peter Johnson, the mind behind the streetwear and lifestyle brand Project 96 (P96), was one of 28 creators to design a sneaker inspired by their story for Nike's NYC by You project.

"I was offered the opportunity to create my own version of the new Nike Air Max 200s," he says.

Johnson, 22, is a Lagos-born entrepreneur based in Queens, NY. Through his work with P96 and FulfillYourProject, Johnson consistently draws inspiration from his culture and his passion to uplift humanity. His design, entitled Balanced Diet, is inspired by his awareness of authenticity, as well as how he approaches his dual identity of being Nigerian and American.


Photo courtesy of Nike.

Photo courtesy of Nike.

"Much of my life since moving to America has been an attempt at finding an equilibrium between my Nigerian heritage any my newly acquired NYC culture," he says in a statement. "This sneaker is a physical representation of a balanced diet of both of my worlds tied together by the laces of these sneakers."

Balanced Diet, along with the other custom Nikes are only available for a limited time until September 1. You can find the sneaker here.

Take a closer look at Johnson's sneaker courtesy of images shot in Nigeria by Stephen Tayo below.

Photo by Stephen Tayo.

Photo by Stephen Tayo.

Photo by Stephen Tayo.

Photo by Stephen Tayo.

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Burna Boy, Angelique Kidjo, Trevor Noah & More Earn 2020 Grammy Nominations

Wizkid, Shatta Wale and more were nominated for their work on Beyoncé's 'Lion King: The Gift' while Mr Eazi earned a nod for his contribution to Bad Bunny and J Balvin's 'Oasis.'

The 2020 Grammy nominations have just been announced, and it looks to be a standout year for African artist.

Burna Boy has earned his first-ever nomination in the (albeit dubious) 'Best World Music' category for his celebrated album African Giant. Speaking with Grammy.com about the vision for the album back in August, the artist said: My vision is just to...shine a light on a place and on people and a situation and everything that there hasn't been a light on for a long time."

In that same category is three-time Grammy winner Angelique Kidjo for her album Celia, which pays homage to the late Afro-Cuban legend Celia Cruz. Burna and Kidjo worked together on the track "Different" from African Giant.

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Watch Mr Eazi & Tyga's New Music Video For 'Tony Montana'

"It's an announcement of my transition from Mr Eazi to Don Eazi."

Mr Eazi comes through with a major link up in his new single and music video for "Tony Montana," featuring Tyga.

The addictive new single is lead by Eazi's allusions to feeling like Scarface over a smooth Killertunes beat. Tyga comes in to deliver the second verse, but Eazi's catchy hook is the highlight here.

"The energy of the record defines where I am right now in my head. It's like an announcement of my transition from Mr Eazi to Don Eazi. Once Killertunes (the song's producer) sent the record, it was an instant connection," Mr Eazi mentions.

Video: Mr Eazi on how he's helping young African artists grow with emPawa

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South African Hip-Hop Awards 2019: Full List of Winners

Here is the full list of winners for the 2018 SAHHAs.

The 8th annual South African Hip-Hop Awards took place last night at the Lyric Theatre, Joburg.

Some notable wins include YoungstaCPT's 3T winning Album of the Year, Ginger Trill for Lyricist of the Year, Flame taking Best Freshman and Best Male, Nadia Nakai winning Best Female, Makwa winning Best Producer and Falko One receiving the honorary award.

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Prominent Somali Activist Almaas Elman Shot and Killed In Mogadishu

The organizer and sister of Nobel Peace Prize-nominated activist Ilwad Elman, was shot dead while riding in a car on Wednesday.

Almaas Elman, a prominent Somali rights activist and organizer was killed today in Mogadishu. She died after being hit by a bullet while riding inside of a car in the Halane compound, reports the Somali news site Hiiraan.

Though details surrounding her death remain uncertain, according to security on the ground Elman "was riding in a car along a road inside the airport," Mohamed Omar, a Somali security official told News 24. "A stray bullet hit her, and she died within a few minutes." The complex is also the headquarters of African Union soldiers.

She was believed to been heading to the airport after attending a meeting at the Elman Peace Centre, which was founded by her father, the respected Somali activist Elman Ali Ahmed, who was assasinated in Mogadishu in 1996.

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