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George Weah's Son Scores Hat-trick for the US at U-17 World Cup

It prompts the question: if his dad becomes President of Liberia as he's likely to do, will Timothy Weah switch to playing for Liberia?

With his father, former AC Milan striker George Weah, set to run in the second round of the Liberian presidential election, Timothy Weah is proving himself worth of the Weah family name by excelling on the field at the under 17 World Cup. But the likely first-son of Liberia is not playing for his father's country—he's playing for the USA.

Born in New York City in 2000, the 17 year old American national has been signed to Paris Saint-Germain and with his incredible showing at this year's tournament is probably aiming for the club's first team.

According to the BBC

His second strike in particular, a brilliant curling effort from the edge box into the top corner, was reminiscent of his father - who scored a memorable solo goal for Milan against Verona in 1996.

Timothy Weah's father meanwhile, the 1995 Ballon d'Or winner an FIFA player of the year, is leading in Liberia's presidential first round. As of yesterday he was leading the pack of 20 candidates with 39 percent of the count and Liberia's current Vice President Joseph Boakai with 29 percent. As of yesterday, fewer that 5 percent of the country's polling stations had reported. A candidate must get over 50 percent of the total vote to win the presidency on the first round. With that looking unlikely a second round has been declared for November 7th.

If George Weah wins the Liberian election there are a lot of urgent issues he'll have to deal—the biggest one perhaps being the state of the country's various infrastructure networks as illustrated by a comment from his son yesterday.

As reported by ESPN, when Timothy Weah was asked whether his dad has heard the good news about his game he said:

"There isn't a lot of connectivity in Liberia so I couldn't text my father. I texted my mom. She told me to get down on my knees and thank God for scoring a hat trick and now focus on my next game."

Image via Sheila Afari PR.

9 Black Electronic Musicians You Should Be Listening To

Featuring DJ Lag, Spellling, Nozinja, Klein, LSDXOXO and more.

We know that Black queer DJs from the Midwest are behind the creation of house and dance music. Yet, a look at the current electronic scene will find it terribly whitewashed and gentrified, with the current prominent acts spinning tracks sung by unnamed soulful singers from time to time. Like many art forms created by Black people all over the world, the industry hasn't paid homage to its pioneers, despite the obvious influence they have. Thankfully, the independent music scene is thriving with many Black acts inspired by their forefathers and mothers who are here to revolutionize electronic music. Here are a list of the ones you should check out:

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Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.

Kwesta Slams BMW South Africa’s Latest Advert For Using His Song Without Permission

Kwesta has called out BMW South Africa for blatantly using his song without his permission.

Kwesta has called out BMW South Africa for blatantly using his song without his permission and not crediting him. In a new advert promoting the new limited edition 330iS, BMW South Africa tapped into the BMW 3 Series' heritage in South Africa by using Kwesta's mega hit "Spirit". According to the artist, he wasn't contacted about the use of his song. The hip-hop super star took to Twitter to slam the German automobile manufacturer for their ad.

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Photo by Trevor Stuurman.

Interview: Thando Hopa Never Anticipated Acceptance in the Industry—She Anticipated a Fight

We speak to the South African lawyer, model, actress and activist about her historic Vogue cover, stereotypes imposed on people living with albinism and her work with human interest stories about vulnerable groups as a WEF fellow.

Vogue Portugal's April edition was a moment that caused everyone to hold their breath collectively. For the first time ever, a woman living with albinism was featured on the cover of the magazine in a sublime and timeless manner. Thando Hopa, a South African lawyer, model, actress and activist was the woman behind this historic first. It was not just a personal win for Hopa, but a victory for a community that continues to be underrepresented, stigmatised and even harmed for a condition outside of their control, particularly in Africa.

At just 31, the multi-hyphenate Hopa is a force to be reckoned with across different spaces. Through her considerable advocacy work as an activist, Hopa has and continues to dispel stereotypes and misconceptions about people living with albinism as well as changing what complex representation looks like within mainstream media. In 2018, Hopa was named the one of the world's 100 most influential women by the BBC. After hanging up her gown as a legal prosecutor after four years of working with victims of sexual assault, Hopa is on a mission to change skewed perceptions and prejudices when it comes to standards of beauty.

As a current fellow at the World Economic Forum, she is also working towards changing editorial oversights that occur when depicting historically underrepresented and vulnerable groups. The fellowship programme prepares individuals for leadership in both public and private sectors, and to work across all spheres of global society.

OkayAfrica recently spoke to Hopa to find out about how it felt to be the first woman with albinism to be featured on Vogue, the current projects she's working on and what's in the pipeline for her.

This interview has been edited for length and clarity.

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Uzo Aduba Snags 2020 Emmy Award for Role in 'Mrs America'

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