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African Twitter Shares The Experiences Of #GrowingUpAfrican

Shortly after #GrowingUpBlack started trending, African Twitter users began sharing their experiences of #GrowingUpAfrican.


Yesterday, the hashtag #GrowingUpBlack began trending as a forum for black Twitter users to share formative childhood memories and experiences. Though the hashtag was open to users worldwide, it primarily found traction in the U.S.-- where it originated-- among African-Americans. For African Twitter users with no connection to those markers of a Black American childhood, a continent-specific hashtag titled #GrowingUpAfrican sprung up today.

Since it began trending this morning, the hashtag has been populated by light-hearted tweets on shared parental discipline styles, cultural mores, and recognizable childhood treats in addition to thought-provoking anecdotes on having to deal with offensive stereotypes as a first-or-second-generation African migrant in the diaspora. In the wake of #GrowingUpAfrican's widespread appeal, users have also created offshoot tags like #GrowingUpEritrean, #GrowingUpNigerian and #GrowingUpZimbabwean

Below, we selected some of our favorite #GrowingUpAfrican tweets from today.

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B3nchMarQ Shares The Music Video For 'New Friend$' Featuring A-Reece

South African hip-hop duo B3nchmarQ's new visuals for the single 'New Friend', featuring A-Reece, are a depiction of the quintessential boys' night out.

South African rap duo B3nchMarQ has officially released their music video for New Friend$ featuring A-Reece. The single comes off their recently released 18-track offering Power Trip Album which dropped in March 2021. The visuals for New Friend$ are a montage of a chilled night out with the entourage and were shot in Pretoria, A-Reece and B3nchMarQ's hometown.

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