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‘IMMIGRANT’ T-Shirts Now At The OkayAfrica Shop

Get your very own “IMMIGRANT” T-shirt from the OkayAfrica shop.


OkayAfrica will be donating 100 percent of the profits from the sale of this T-Shirt to BAJI (Black Alliance for Just Immigration).

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In Donald Trump’s first week as president, he’s come down hard on immigration. Trump's executive order to temporarily ban Muslims entering the U.S. from seven predominantly Muslim countries significantly impacts Syrians refugees. 

While the border wall and Syrian refugees dominate the headlines, we can’t help but notice that a LOT of the people impacted are black, many other groups of immigrants affected include Libya, Sudan, and Somalia.

It is important to show our support for the immigrants that add to America’s diversity. According to BAJI's "State of Black Immigrants" report, 25 percent of all refugees come from African countries. OkayAfrica will be donating 100 percent of all profits to BAJI. Black Alliance for Just Immigration continues to ensure that black immigrant communities are aware of their rights.

If you have questions or concerns, you can call the Black Alliance for Just Immigration Resource Line at 718-483-8665

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The Black Alliance for Just Immigration (BAJI) believes that a thriving multiracial democracy requires racial, social and economic justice for all. African Americans and black immigrants are stronger together and we can win by becoming leaders in the fight against structural racism and systemic discrimination. BAJI was formed to bring Black voices together to advocate for equality and justice in our laws and our communities.

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Malian Rapper Ami Yerewolo Rises Against All Odds

Ami Yerewolo reflects on her hard-won rap career, new album AY and why she insists on creating support spaces for young female rappers in Mali and beyond.

"No one is a prophet in his or her own land!" This is an accurate way to describe Ami Yerewolo's career to a tee. The Malian rapper's music has not always been popular in her home country, where female rappers are generally frowned upon. Instead, it has taken off abroad. Yerewolo's upbeat sound mixes traditional Malian elements with fast drums, contemporary beats and significant lyrics that compel listeners to reflect on life — all of which makes her songs carry a universal appeal. Her new album, AY (titled after the rapper's initials) has just been released by the label Othentiq.

Yerewolo shares her frank thoughts below...

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