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Ilhan Omar is Running for Congress and the Alt Right is Trying to Sabotage Her

The first Somali-American legislator had her event with Rashida Tlaib interrupted by anti-Muslim activists including the Laura Loomer.

Last year we wrote about how Ilhan Omar defeated the longest-serving member of the Minnesota House to become representative for Minnesota's District 60B. In the process, she managed to increase youth voter turnout in her district by 37 percent. Now she's taking that youthful momentum to the national stage, running for the congressional seat vacated by Keith Ellison.


Born in Somalia and raised partially in a Kenyan refugee camp, Omar is running on a progressive platform and claims she will bring the voice of refugees to Washington. She has been endorsed by rising-star-of-the-left Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and supports popular policies like medicare for all and cancelling student loan debt.

Ellison, the first Muslim in Congress, also found electoral success in the district as an advocate for progressive politics, although his campaign for Attorney General has been disrupted by recent allegations from a former girlfriend of physical and mental abuse.

Local news is reporting that primary voting is heavy—typically a sign of change.

Here she is telling Minnesota Public Radio on why she's running for Congress.

Over the weekend, Omar and another midwestern Democratic rising star, Rashida Tlaib, were accosted by islamophobic alt-right activists at a campaign event at Minneapolis' Holy Land deli where their speeches were interrupted by shouting about racist tropes like "sharia law" and "support for Hamas." In response, the crowd of supporters chanted "Time for Ilhan."

The Minnesota primary results will be available later tonight.

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Josh2funny Is the Nigerian Comedian Inspiring Global Trends

The internet sensation speaks to OkayAfrica about his journey, the several comedy personalities he's created over the years, creating the viral #DontLeaveMe challenge, and being properly credited for his work.

Nigeria's pool of social media comedians is ever increasing, and this is backed by the heavy consumption of online content by Nigerians and the quick rise to stardom of viral internet sensations. Although these internet sensations easily transition into stage comedians and online influencers, more often than not. they fade away as quickly as they rise to prominence. Variety is the only way to remain relevant. The audience has become ever so demanding of new creative ventures and they are fed by the immediacy the internet offers.

Josh Alfred, otherwise known as Josh2funny, has had an unusual path to internet comedy fame. He began his online comedy journey after failing in his stand-up comedy foray. Inspired by the vast consumption of social media comedy content, Josh2funny made his first skit in 2016—a short dry humour video which he comically slapped his friend into a state of perpetual confusion.

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