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Ghanaian-American Speedskater Maame Biney Speaks on Breaking Barriers In this New Video

The 18-year-old made history as the first black woman to qualify for the U.S. Olympic speedskating team, and now she's focused on bringing home the gold.

As the Winter Olympics opening ceremony is only days away, we get to know Maame Biney, the 18-year-old speedskater who will be competing for team USA in short-track speed skating in the PyeongChang Games.

Biney made history in December when she qualified for the U.S. Olympic speedskating team—making her the first black woman to do so.

"Being the first African American girl on this Olympic team is really awesome because that means that young African American girls, or any other race for the matter, could go out there, find an ice rink, skate and try it out," she says in a video with CNN, "You could be the next Olympian, which is an awesome thing to be."


We also get introduced to Biney's father in the clip—who noticed Maame's curiosity in the sport when she was only 5 years old. Nevertheless, her story is nothing short of inspiring.

"I'm breaking barriers—and I'm just embracing that," she says.

Watch the clip below:

15 South African Artists to Watch in 2019

Featuring Manu WolrdStar, Ranks, Dee Koala, Touchline, Sibu Nzuza and more.

Every year a wave of artists breaks in South Africa.

Last year saw young artists such as Mlindo The Vocalist, Muzi, Una Rams, Shekhinah, Sho Madjozi, KLY, Zoocci Coke Dope, Flame, J Molley, Rowlene and a whole lot more become household names and internet sensations. They released projects that shaped the country's musical landscape—a lot of them were on our list of 20 artists who could fuck up the game in 2018.

Alongside the aforementioned artists, there were just as many who were bubbling under, releasing singles that caught the attention of many fans. In 2019, these artists stand a great chance of expanding further and reaching more ears than they did last year.

From Manu WorldStar's lovely pop, to Ranks' version of ATM (African trap music), the refreshing Xhosa rap of Dee Koala, the street raps of Touchline, among others, we bring you a list of South African artists to keep an eye out for in 2019.

*The list is in no particular order.

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Netflix Has Picked Up an Animated Musical Inspired by Shona Mythology

"Tunga" is the brainchild of Zimbabwean-born screenwriter Godwin Jabangwe.

The latest African story to become a Netflix original will be an animated, family-friendly musical based on Zimbabwean culture, Deadline reports. The streaming service won a four-way bidding battle for Tunga, created by Zimbabwean-born screenwriter and newcomer to the film industry Godwin Jabangwe.

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'Play Am' single cover.

Burna Boy Teams Up With Oritse Femi & Konshens on New Track 'Play Am'

Nigeria meets Jamaica on the Young D-produced dancehall-infused jam.

Fresh off his massive collaboration with Zlatan on "Killin' Dem," Burna Boy is back with another one.

The artist teams up with fellow Nigerian artist Oritse Femi and Jamaican artist Konshens for the dancehall-infused track "Play Am."

The song opens with a memorable verse from Konshens before both Oritse Femi and Burna join in, making for a unique fusion of Yoruba, Patois and Pidgin over the track's vibrant, multilayered production by producer Young D.

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