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'ISIS does not represent us' say St. Cloud's Somali Residents

St Cloud, Minnesota resident Lul Hersi speaks about the need for community unity in the face of the ISIS attack at her local mall.

St Cloud, Minnesota resident Lul Hersi feared for her son's safety on Saturday after hearing of the stabbing attack at the local Crossroads Mall. At a press conference, Sunday, the Somali-American woman, shared her feelings about the ISIS-linked attack.


"Let's unite as one Minnesota," she said, "Please let's spread love instead of hate."

She went on:

"ISIS does not represent us. It does not represent Islam. It does not represent Somalis. It does not represent anybody of that faith. ISIS is a different faith from Islam. ISIS has their own religion and they have their own beliefs. So please as Minnesotans and as St Cloud let's come together and let's be one."

Watch the CNN video of Hersi's speech below:

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Rema Welcomes 2021 With New Single 'Bounce'

The Don Jazzy produced track reminds us of why the Nigerian singer-songwriter is topping charts.

Nigerian golden boy Rema took his time on deciding how to start of 2021—and we're glad he did.

The afropop hitmaker is out with his first project of the year, "Bounce", after stunning fans with word of an upcoming album, and the cooks in this kitchen have not disappointed.

Keeping it in the Mavin Records family, legendary producer Don Jazzy sprinkles his magic on the track, while undoubtedly motivating the young singer-songwriter to be his best self. And with this track being like nothing we've heard from Rema before, one could say Jazzy succeeded. "Bounce", fast-paced and fierce, is a love song dedicated to bewitchingly beautiful and blessed bottoms. The candid declaration and hip shaking beat are a force duo and we can't help but love it.

Of the single and collaboration with head honcho Don Jazzy, Rema says, "This record was inspired by the luscious and magnificent body of the African woman. Furthermore, I'm really excited about this tune because it's my first single with the legendary Don Jazzy."

Honestly, when you start the year off with a banger, you get to make songs about butts.

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