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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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Burna Boy's 'Destiny' Makes Biden-Harris Playlist as Inauguration Day Arrives

Burna Boy's 'Destiny' has been featured on the US presidential inauguration playlist which will usher into office President-elect, Joe Biden, and Vice President-elect, Kamala Harris.

Burna Boy's "Destiny" has reportedly been included in the US presidential inauguration playlist. The international Nigerian artist is the only African that features on the 46-track playlist which will usher in the 46th President of the United States of America, Joe Biden and his Vice President, Kamala Harris. The playlist was produced in partnership with Insecure creator Issa Rae's music label, Raedio. The playlist comes ahead of the inauguration ceremony which will be taking place later this evening. Burna Boy also featured on former President Barack Obama's Summer playlist in 2020.

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Interview: Ranks ATM Makes ‘Substance Music’

South African hip-hop artist Ranks ATM on his latest EP 'Substance Music', working with Riky Rick and his crew African Trap Movement's new chapter.

Ranks ATM demands to be taken seriously. With every successive release, listeners are bound to pick up on both his personal and artistic growth. His latest EP, Substance Music, released towards the end of 2020, is an honest body of work that sees the artist divulge some aspects of his life while remaining playful and entertaining.

Young2unn, who produced a majority of the project, gave Ranks ATM beats that primarily consist of keys and strings cushioned by atmospheric pads and ethereal vocal samples panned for effect. The music is soulful enough for Ranks to tell his story and gritty enough to maintain his street aesthetic.

On Substance Music, the artist strikes the balance between playful banter and poignant expression of emotions. It's what makes his raps believable in general—he presents himself as a complete human who feels pain at times but also feels himself. Songs such as "Die For Me" and "How Could It Be" are laced with specific details that could have only been extracted from his life experiences, for instance, on the former, he raps, "You cheated on me with a gym freak, you did me dirty."

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Joeboy Shares Visuals for New Track 'Lonely'

Joeboy has dropped the music video for his latest track 'Lonely'. The endearing track features on his upcoming debut album 'Somewhere Between Beauty & Magic'.

Nigerian artist Joeboy has dropped the visuals for his latest track "Lonely". The new song features on his upcoming debut album Somewhere Between Beauty & Magic which is set to be released on February 4th of this year. The debut album is the official follow-up to Joeboy's debut Love & Light EP which he released back in 2019.
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