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The Floods In Nairobi Have People Saying They'll Swim to Work

We give you some of the best social media reactions to #NairobiRains.

It's been raining since 6:15am in Nairobi, Kenya, and it does not look like it will be letting up anytime soon. What started as a heavy downpour quickly evolved into flooded streets and strong winds. Yet the people of Nairobi were quick to take snapshots of the city and post their jokes and reactions to social media.


After a trying period of enduring drought, residents of Nairobi have been relieved of one problem only to face another. The massive floods have overburdened Nairobi's troubling drainage system showing that despite assurance from governor Mike Mbuvi Sonko, that Nairobi was "prepared for the rains," it most certainly was not. Currently, residents face flooded homes and floating cars, wondering how they will fair without enough drainage systems to help clear the streets.

Although commuters are having a hard time weathering the storm, nearly swimming in road-turned rivers, as with any obstacle, the people of Nairobi have still managed to make light of the situation and are, excuse the pun, flooding Twitter with hilarious reactions.

View some of our favorite social media reactions to #NairobiRains below.




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Adekunle Gold Teases Upcoming Album With New Single "Mercy"

The Nigerian afropop crooner has fans sitting in anticipation for his new album, due out February 4.

Afropop favorite Adekunle Gold is back on our minds with the announcement that his upcoming album Catch Me If You Can is out in a week! The Nigerian superstar has already teased fans with tracks "High" featuring Davido, "Sinner" featuring American singer Lucky Daye, and now shares his latest "Mercy."

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The 5 Songs You Need to Hear This Week

Featuring Spinall x Adekunle Gold, Ibibio Sound Machine, Turunesh and more

Every week, we highlight the top releases through our best music of the week column.

Here's our round up of the best tracks and music videos that came across our desks, which you can also check out in our Songs You Need to Hear This Week playlists on Spotify and Apple Music.

Follow our SONGS YOU NEED TO HEAR THIS WEEK playlist on Spotify here and Apple Music here.

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Madelyn Bonilla On Being The AfroLatina Representation Her Younger Self Needed

Bonilla, the founder of online community Brown Narrativ, spoke with us about how her experiences as an AfroLatina woman in NYC’s Bronx led her to write and direct her debut film, Pajón.

Madelyn Bonilla is dedicated to being the person she needed when she was growing up.

The former forensic science researcher-turned-advertising guru was born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, and raised in the Bronx, New York - or, “where Hip-Hop was bred”, as the 36-year-old puts it. Growing up in a typically Latinx family, community, and neighborhood, Bonilla knew that there was so much more of herself to discover, as her interests in Black culture shaped a lot of her life. It wasn’t until her early 20s that she started to allow herself to explore her identity as an AfroLatina woman. The first to do so in her family, Bonilla faced – and still faces – scrutiny and shaming from the Latinx community at large, but also from her own loved ones. Comments like, “Your hair looks messy” or, “Your hair’s not combed” when Bonilla first began rocking her natural curls truly mirrored the thoughts and opinions of those around her, too. Her experiences as an AfroLatina woman are the experiences so many face, as they try to get to the root of their own roots.

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The Fugees' Concerts In Ghana & Nigeria Cancelled

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