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Issa Rae to Star In HBO Limited Series 'The Dolls' With Laura Dern

The series will tell the true story of riots that broke out in 1983 over Cabbage Patch Dolls—you read that correctly.

Issa Rae adds yet another project to her growing list with "The Dolls," an upcoming HBO limited series that she'll star in and produce along with award-winning actress Laura Dern, who recently starred in HBO's Big Little Lies.

Rae co-wrote the series' script with fellow Insecure writers Laura Kittrell and Amy Aniobi, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The plot focuses on the bizarre story of the 1983 Christmas Eve riots in Arkansas, that began over—wait for it—Cabbage Patch Dolls.


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Yes, grown people once violently clashed over these ugly ass children's toys.

The series will not only recount the events that took place, but it will also use them to reflect on "class, race, privilege and what it takes to be a 'good mother."

We're super—let's say—intrigued by the storyline and curious to see how this not-so-bright moment in history will be told through Rae's perspective.

Next, Issa Rae will star in Little, alongside Black-ish star Marsai Martin.

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7 Gengetone Acts You Need to Check Out

The streets speak gengetone: Kenya's gengetone sound is reverberating across East Africa and the world, get to know its main purveyors.

Sailors' "Wamlambez!"Wamlambez!" which roughly translates to "those who lick," is the cry the reverberated round the world, pushing the gengetone sound to the global stage. The response "wamnyonyez" roughly translates to "those who suck" and that should tell you all you need to know about the genre.

Known for its lewd lyrics and repetitive (often call and response) hooks, gengetone makes no apologies for belonging to the streets. First of all, most artists that create gengetone are grouped into bands with a few outliers like Zzero Sufuri riding solo. The songs themselves often feature a multiplicity of voices with screams and crowds coming through as ad libs, adding to this idea that this is definitely "outside" music.

Listening to Odi wa Muranga play with his vocal on the track "Thao" it's easy to think that this is the first, but gengetone fits snuggly in a history of sheng rap based on the kapuka style beat. Kapuka is onomatopoeically named, the beats have that repetitive drum-hat-drum skip that sounds like pu-ka-pu-ka-pu. Artists like Nonini were asking women to come over using this riff long before Ochungulo family told them to stay home if they aren't willing to give it up.

Here's seven gengetone groups worth listening to.

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