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The Harvard Law Review Just Elected Its First Black Woman President

Nigeria's Imemle Umana is the first Black woman to be elected President of the Harvard Law Review.

Once again, Black women come through and save the day.


In between all the dispiriting news about the world crumbling all around us, we learn that Nigerian student, Imelme Umana, class of Harvard Law School '18, has become the first Black woman elected President of Harvard's Law Review. Though it took Harvard 130 years longer than it should have, the news of her extraordinary accomplishment couldn't have come at a better time.

Umana is a PhD candidate "interested in the intersection between government and African American studies by exploring how stereotypes of black women are reproduced and reinforced in American political discourse," as reported by Clutch.

Her appointment echoes that of Barack Obama who became the first Black man elected as President of the Harvard Law Review in 1990, and who went on to become, you know, president.

Umana has several people ready to cast prospective votes for her to become the first Black female president of the United States as well. I am one of those people.

If this ain't Black excellence, I don't know what is.

It's times like these when the stories of women of color need to be heard and celebrated. Today we celebrate Imemle Umana in all her Black woman glory.

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7 Gengetone Acts You Need to Check Out

The streets speak gengetone: Kenya's gengetone sound is reverberating across East Africa and the world, get to know its main purveyors.

Sailors' "Wamlambez!"Wamlambez!" which roughly translates to "those who lick," is the cry the reverberated round the world, pushing the gengetone sound to the global stage. The response "wamnyonyez" roughly translates to "those who suck" and that should tell you all you need to know about the genre.

Known for its lewd lyrics and repetitive (often call and response) hooks, gengetone makes no apologies for belonging to the streets. First of all, most artists that create gengetone are grouped into bands with a few outliers like Zzero Sufuri riding solo. The songs themselves often feature a multiplicity of voices with screams and crowds coming through as ad libs, adding to this idea that this is definitely "outside" music.

Listening to Odi wa Muranga play with his vocal on the track "Thao" it's easy to think that this is the first, but gengetone fits snuggly in a history of sheng rap based on the kapuka style beat. Kapuka is onomatopoeically named, the beats have that repetitive drum-hat-drum skip that sounds like pu-ka-pu-ka-pu. Artists like Nonini were asking women to come over using this riff long before Ochungulo family told them to stay home if they aren't willing to give it up.

Here's seven gengetone groups worth listening to.

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