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K'naan Pens Article for Vanity Fair


K’naan’s sudden assault on mainstream airwaves has been nothing short of meteoric. FIFA chose his song "Wavin’ Flag," which originally appeared on his 2009 album Troubadour, as the official Coca-Cola anthem for this year’s World Cup, and within weeks it checked in to the to #1 spot on Billboard’s chart of top 100 songs in Europe. Recently, the Somali singer-emcee wrote an article for Vanity Fair sharing thoughts on what the song’s success has meant for him and how it effects the way he looks at (and judges) his other tracks. Introspective and heartfelt, K’naan’s article provides a candid and honest look into the mind of one of the world’s most popular musicians - something all too rare in this age of celebrity exclusivity.

To read the Vanity Fair article, "Lifting the World Cup with "Wavin' Flag"", click here.

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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