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Ilhan Omar Could Be the First Somali-American in Congress After Snagging Democratic Primary

Two more Somali-Americans also make history by winning seats in Minnesota's State House.

Ilhan Omar, the first Somali-American who has served as a state legislator for Minnesota's District 60B, has won the Democratic nomination for her state's 5th Congressional District, The Washington Post reports.

Omar locked in this victory by running a progressive campaign, despite attempts of alt-right sabotage, with the support of multiple left-wing groups and an endorsement of rising politician Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. She defeated two candidates who argued that her rise happened too quickly, and is the favorite to join the House this November.


This is another history making moment, as she, along with Michigan's Rashida Tlaib, could be the first Muslim women in Congress, with Omar potentially being the first to replace another Muslim—Keith Ellison—in the House.

"We started this campaign to prove people are ready and willing to fight for an America that works for all of us," Omar says, thanking her staff, volunteers, donors and voters, in a tweet. "Together, we will move our district, state and nation forward."

Omar will now run against Republican nominee Jennifer Zielinski in the general election.

Somali-Americans still continue to gain footing in Minnesota state politics, according to Star Tribune reporter Mukhtar Ibrahim. Hodan Hassan won the Democratic primary for Minneapolis House District 62A, making her the second Somali-American woman elected to state legislature. Mohamud Noor won the race for Omar's seat in Minnesota legislature—making him the first Somali-American man to be elected to a state house.

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Hawaiian police have released graphic body camera footage which reveals that there was no reasonable justification for the killing of South African Lindani Myeni by police last week.

The Honolulu Police Department in Hawaii has recently released the graphic body camera footage which captured Lindani Myeni's last moments. The 29-year-old South African man was killed last week by the police in what they have since alleged was a suspected house burglary. However, details around the death of Myeni have been called into question by the public with the latest video evidence failing to provide any reasonable justification for Myeni having been shot to death by police officers.

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Boity's Hometown Takes Centre Stage In Her New Music Video

Boity has released the music video for her latest single 'O18's Finest' which features Maglera Doe Boy and Ginger Trill.

South African rapper Boity has finally shared the visuals for her latest single "018's Finest" featuring Maglera Doe Boy and Ginger Trill. The single comes off Boity's EP 4463, which dropped last December. Marked as a fan favourite "018's Finest" borrows from Boity's hometown dialing code. The 31-year-old rapper hails from Potchefstroom, affectionately known as Potch, a quaint town in South Africa's North West province. The music video highlights the lesser known aspects of hip-hop culture in the otherwise sleepy town.

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Listen to Chimurenga Renaissance & King Britt's New Single 'Zimbabwe', Featuring Nadine Stoddart

'Zimbabwe', the new single from Zimbabwe's alternative band Chimurenga Renaissance, is an effortless fusion of soul and rap.

Chimurenga Renaissance has returned with a new single titled ''Zimbabwe". The Chimurenga Renaissance duo, made up of Tendai 'Baba' Maraire and Hussein Kalonji, have partnered with producer King Britt and added sultry vocals from Nadine Stoddart. The single pays homage to Dumisani Maraire, Tendai 'Baba' Maraire's father.

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