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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.

Interview

This Compilation Shines a Light On East African Underground Music

We talk to a few of the artists featured on the Music For the Eagles compilation from Uganda's Nyege Nyege.

Nyege Nyege, a label in Kampala, Uganda is channelling the confidence brimming over a whole continent. Africa is no longer the future. For dance music, its time is right now.

Music For the Eagles is a compilation released in conjunction with Soundcloud to showcase the best new acts that East Africa has to offer outside the mainstream. A new wave of artists firmly blasting non-conformist energy for you to spasm to. Music that takes you places. Otim Alpha's high BPM wedding frenzy of incessant rasping vocals accompanied by feverous violin will have you clawing the walls to oblivion. Anti Vairas' dancehall from a battleship with super galactic intentions doesn't even break a sweat as it ruins you. FLO's beautiful sirens call, is a skittish and detuned nursery rhyme that hints at a yearning for love but reveals something far more unnerving. Ecko Bazz's tough spiralling vocal over sub-bass and devil trap energy is an anthem that can only be bewailed. And Kidane Fighter's tune is more trance-like prayer. These are only some of the highlights for you to shake it out to.

We got to chat with a few of the artists featured on the Music For the Eagles compilation as they took a break from the studio below.

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