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THE HAGUE, NETHERLANDS - JUNE 02: A protester holds a sign in protest as people gather on Malieveld in The Hague to attend a solidarity rally against racism in the aftermath of the killing of George Floyd by U.S. police officers on June 2, 2020 in The Hague, Netherlands.

Latest Footage Further Reveals Senselessness Behind Lindani Myeni's Death

Hawaiian police have released graphic body camera footage which reveals that there was no reasonable justification for the killing of South African Lindani Myeni by police last week.

The Honolulu Police Department in Hawaii has recently released the graphic body camera footage which captured Lindani Myeni's last moments. The 29-year-old South African man was killed last week by the police in what they have since alleged was a suspected house burglary. However, details around the death of Myeni have been called into question by the public with the latest video evidence failing to provide any reasonable justification for Myeni having been shot to death by police officers.


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The lawyer representing Myeni's family, Luke Korkowski, spoke to News24 recently and described the death of Myeni as having been "the result of poorly trained or aggressive police officers escalating a situation needlessly."

Myeni, who was married to American citizen Lindsay Myeni, was reportedly mistaken for a burglar on the night of April 14th. Subsequent to the police officers showing up to the scene of the suspected burglary, an altercation ensued wherein Myeni was shot four times by police officers and later died at Queen Emma's Hospital. The police officers claim they acted in self-defense although the latest camera footage casts doubts on their assertions considerably.

South Africans are understandably outraged in what appears to be the continued killings of Black people at the hands of the police in the US. Last year, the Black Lives Matter movement took centre stage as protesters took to the streets for more than a month following the death of George Floyd. The latest killing of 20-year-old Daunte Wright has again sparked fresh protests in the Minneapolis Area. Conversations around the abolishment of the police force have ben at the fore as there appears to be no effective resolution in sight with regards to the safety of Black Americans in their respective communities.

Prominent opposition party, the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), released a statement condemning the killing of Myeni and calling for the South African government to hold the American police involved to account. The ruling African National Congress (ANC) has yet to respond in this regard, however. Meanwhile, a fundraiser has been set up by Myeni's family in order to have his body repatriated to South Africa.

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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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