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FOH: Jimmy Kimmel Has Kenyans Read Celebrity Tweets

Last night Jimmy Kimmel, clearly ignorant of Kenyan culture, live featured a segment 'Kenyans Read Celebrity Tweets.' Check out our critique.


We're going to have to take a deep breath before we try to explain this ridiculously ignorant of Kenyan culture and problematic segment from Jimmy Kimmel Live last night. Jimmy Kimmel featured a segment titled "Kenyans Read Celebrity Tweets." According to Kimmel, his friends have a great charity organization down there where they "help people in Kenya and educate them." Wonderful, but apparently in Kenya- they don't have twitter because Kenyans are not the top twitter users on the continent and there's no internet access. The segment features these technology deprived Kenyans reading celebrity tweets into the camera. And this is supposed to be funny. Thanks to Jimmy Kimmel for providing us with the most condescending video of the week and  most ignorant view of Kenyan culture. He also manages to elbow his way to the front of Teju Cole's shit list, which is always a great thing.

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Hugh Masekela's New York City Legacy

A look back at the South African legend's time in New York City and his enduring presence in the Big Apple.

In Questlove's magnificent documentary, Summer of Soul, he captures a forgotten part of Black American music history. But in telling the tale of the 1969 Harlem Cultural Festival, the longtime musician and first-time filmmaker also captures a part of lost South African music history too.

Among the line-up of blossoming all-stars who played the Harlem festival, from a 19-year-old Stevie Wonder to a transcendent Mavis Staples, was a young Hugh Masekela. 30 years old at the time, he was riding the wave of success that came from releasing Grazing in the Grass the year before. To watch Masekela in that moment on that stage is to see him at the height of his time in New York City — a firecracker musician who entertained his audiences as much as he educated them about the political situation in his home country of South Africa.

The legacy Masekela sowed in New York City during the 1960s remains in the walls of the venues where he played, and in the dust of those that are no longer standing. It's in the records he made in studios and jazz clubs, and on the Manhattan streets where he once posed with a giant stuffed zebra for an album cover. It's a legacy that still lives on in tangible form, too, in the Hugh Masekela Heritage Scholarship at the Manhattan School of Music.

The school is the place where Masekela received his education and met some of the people that would go on to be life-long bandmates and friends, from Larry Willis (who, as the story goes, Masekela convinced to give up opera for piano) to Morris Goldberg, Herbie Hancock and Stewart Levine, "his brother and musical compadre," as Mabusha Masekela, Bra Hugh's nephew says.

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