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Issa Rae, Kehinde Wiley, Tiffany Haddish and More Make TIME 100 List of Most Influential People

See the other African influencers who made the list.

This year's TIME 100 list of the most influential people in the world has just been announced and some of course, some of or African artists, creatives and more made the prestigious list.

The publication noted how this year's list breaks new ground:

In other ways, the TIME 100, always a reflection of its moment, looks quite different than in the past. Influence increasingly knows no single zip code and no minimum age. A record 45 people on this list are under 40.

The list is broken down into five sections including pioneers, artists, leaders, icons and titans. It features a diverse group of Africans in each category, ranging from Zimbabwe's president Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa who took office following the ousting of Robert Mugabe, to Daily Show host Trevor Noah, whose profile is written by the indomitable Lupita Nyong'o to Kenyan anti-female genital mutilation activist Nice Nailantei Leng'ete.


The list includes a number of notable big names from a range of backgrounds. Black Panther made a big splash on the list with both Chadwick Boseman and director Ryan Coogler making the cut. Other notable mentions include Rihanna, Cardi B, Aunty Maxine Waters, Sterling K. Brown and the creator of the #MeToo movement Tarana Burke.

Below are the African influencers from each category that made the coveted list. You can check out the complete list and read their full profiles on Time.com.

Pioneers:

Issa Rae


Tiffany Haddish

Nice Nailantei Leng'ete

Trevor Noah

Artists:

Kehinde Wiley

Leaders:

Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa

Icons:

Virgil Abloh

Photo by Meztli Yoalli Rodríguez

Dying Lagoons Reveal Mexico’s Environmental Racism

In the heart of a traditionally Black and Indigenous use area in Southwest Mexico, decades of environmental destruction now threatens the existence of these communities.

On an early morning in September 2017, in a little fishing village in the Pacific coast of Oaxaca, called Zapotalito, thousands of dead fish floated on the surface of the Chacahua-Pastoría lagoons. A 7.1-magnitude earthquake, which rattled Mexico City on September 19, was felt as far down as Zapotalito, and the very next morning, its Black, Indigenous and poor Mestizo residents, who depend on the area's handful of lagoons for food and commerce, woke up to an awful smell and that terrible scene of floating fish.

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Watch Focalistic & Vigro Deep’s New Music Video For ‘Ke Star’

The 'Lockdown Level 1 anthem' has come to life through fire visuals.

South African artist Focalistic has released a music video to accompany his hit single, "Ke Star" featuring Vigro Deep.

The rising artist continues solidifying his place with his effortless skill of blending his hip-hop roots with a love for amapiano.

South Africans certainly loved it enough to let it into their homes. Social media users quickly began sharing videos of themselves dancing away their lockdown woes to "Ke Star," helping share the track all over the world.

Directed by Steezus in Focalistic's childhood stomping ground, Ga-Rankuwa, Zone 2, the artist mentions: "The video was to try to explain the song in its fullest form and more importantly tell a genuine South African story. We're pushing a movement and there has to be visual representation." He certainly is representing the nation with pride.


Watch the music video for "Ke Star" here.


Focalistic Ke Star (Official Music Video) ft Vigro Deep www.youtube.com

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The 9 Songs You Need to Hear This Week

Featuring Olamide, Nasty C, Davido, Mr Eazi x Nicki Minaj and more.

Every week, we highlight the cream of the crop in music through our best music of the week column.

Here's our round up of the best tracks and music videos that came across our desks, which you can also check out in our Songs You Need to Hear This Week playlists on Spotify and Apple Music.

Follow our SONGS YOU NEED TO HEAR THIS WEEK playlist on Spotify here, Apple Music here and YouTube Music here

Check out all of OkayAfrica's playlists on Spotify and Apple Music.

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