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#IStandWithIlhan: Supporters Rally Behind Ilhan Omar Following Racist 'Send Her Back' Chant

"I am here where I belong, at the people's house, and you're just going to have to deal,"—Congresswoman Ilhan Omar

Social media continues to rally behind Representative Ilhan Omar, following a series of racist remarks targeted at her and several other congresswoman of color by President Donald Trump.

The president doubled down on his racist rhetoric during a re-election rally in North Carolina on Wednesday, attendees began chanting "send her back," referring to Omar—echoing anti-imigrant remarks that the president tweeted last week, in which he wrote that four congresswomen of color: Omar, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ayanna Pressley and Rashida Tlaib should "go back" to where they came from.

This is far from the first time that Omar has been on the receiving end of racist and Islamophobic attacks and referred to as un-American on account of her Somali heritage.

READ: Op-Ed: In Defense of the Black Boogeyman


Fellow politicians, activists and supporters are denouncing the actions of Trump and his supporters, and are expressing support for the congresswoman using the hashtag #IStandWithIlhan on social media. "#IStandWithIlhan and am proud to work with her in Congress," wrote Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders. "Trump is stoking the most despicable and disturbing currents in our society. And that very hatred and racism fuels him. We must fight together to defeat the most dangerous president in the history of our country."

Several other notable public figures are sharing similar sentiments across social media in support of the congresswoman.











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Stormzy, YBN Cordae, Ari Lennox and Col3trane Added to Rocking The Daisies 2020 Lineup

Stormzy, YBN Cordae, Ari Lennox and Col3trane will be performing in South Africa during this year's edition of Rocking The Daisies.

Rocking The Daisies is celebrating its 15th year of existence this year. The popular music and lifestyle festival recently announced they have added four new names on the bills—UK's Stormzy and Col3trane alongside US rapper YBN Cordae and the singer Ari Lennox.

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Watch Ilhan Omar on Stephen Colbert: 'I'm as American as Everyone Else Is'

The first-term American congresswomen from Minnesota talks about the xenophobic attacks against her

Many knew Ilhan Omar would face unique challenges as a new congresswoman on the national stage. Being a Black, Muslim woman in American politics is a lightning rod for right wing fury and having a progressive platform invites even more plutocratic ire. So the combined response was bound to be grotesque. But the latest baseless attempts by right wing media to try and make her look sympathetic to the 9/11 attackers feels like an increasingly desperate attempt to incite to violence.

In the midst of all this, she appeared on Stephen Colbert to talk politics. See the extended interview above and read some more of our coverage of the Somali-American congresswoman below.

READ: In Defense of the Black Boogeyman: What the disciplining of Ilhan Omar tells us about anti-semitism and black dissent in America

READ: The 'Ilhan Omar Effect': How a Somali-American Muslim Woman Candidate is Mobilizing Millennial Voters in Minnesota

READ: Ilhan Omar is One of OkayAfrica's "100 Women"

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This Is What Fatoumata Diawara's NYC Concert Looked Like

In photos: the Malian singer performed a stunning show at The Town Hall.

Fatoumata Diawara played a mesmerizing show in New York City over the weekend.

The Malian singer, songwriter, guitarist and actor had The Town Hall swaying to a selection of songs from her latest Grammy-nominated album, Fenfo, as well as other classic cuts.

Fatoumata was joined on the night by a four-piece backing band that followed her every word and guitar riff, as she showcased her special blend of traditional Malian music and striking Bambara vocal melodies with elements of modern rock, funk, R&B and afrobeat.

"I didn't want to sing in English or French because I wanted to respect my African heritage," Fatoumata has mentioned."But I wanted a modern sound because that's the world I live in. I'm a traditionalist, but I need to experiment, too. You can keep your roots and influences but communicate them in a different style."

Fatoumata's main message, one which she stated throughout the show, is one of hope for the future of Africa and of female empowerment. It's "about the world, peace, how Africa can be a better place, especially for women, because I am one, and I am a survivor," she says. "I want to encourage those who have lost hope."

Browse through pictures from her show at The Town Hall, which was opened by Guatemala's Gabby Moreno, below.

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Togolese President Wins Re-election to Secure Fourth Term in Office

President Faure Gnassingbé prepares for a fourth term in office following an election wrought with fraud allegations.

Togo's electoral commission has just released the preliminary results of the first round of the presidential election.

President Faure Gnassingbé reportedly secured 72 percent of the vote while his main opposition and former Prime Minister Agbeyome Kodjo who straddled behind with just 18 percent of the vote, according to Aljazeera.

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