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Ms. Lauryn Hill Mixes Fela Kuti And 'Lost Ones' At Black Girls Rock! 2016

Ms. Lauryn Hill brought straight Fela vibes to her performance of "Lost Ones" at Black Girls Rock! 2016 on BET.

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Ms. Lauryn Hill brought straight Fela Kuti vibes to her explosive performance of "Lost Ones" at Black Girls Rock! 2016. The 10th annual awards show, which took place last Friday at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark, aired Tuesday night on BET.

Ms. Hill had the entire crowd on their feet as she sang the Miseducation classic over a "Zombie" beat from her live band. She was joined by Fela dancers. The end result was nothing short of spectacular. Watch the full performance here.


Of course, this isn't the first time Ms. Hill has paid respects to Fela. On a trip to Lagos last year the singer stopped by the New Afrika Shrine, where she was accompanied by Seun Kuti, Kunle Kuti, her daughter Sarah Marley and Fela! cast member Shakira Marshall. Okayafrica TV was there to capture the moment.

Check out some reactions on Twitter to Ms. Hill's Fela-inspired Black Girls Rock! performance below.

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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