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XOkayAfrica: Maleek Berry Takes 'Kontrol' In Our New York Office

Afrobeats hitmaker, Maleek Berry, stopped by OkayAfrica HQ in NYC. See the exclusive photos.

We get a lot of drop-ins at the OkayAfrica offices.


Any given day, you’re liable to see an afrobeats star, buzzing actor, fashion it-girl, or underground artist stopping by our Brooklyn headquarters to say what’s up and scope out our multipurpose gallery, OkaySpace.

In our new series XOkayAfrica, we’ll be capturing those visits through exclusive photos.

NEW YORK CITY—Maleek Berry already had us with his infectious afrobeat tunes on Last Daze of Summer , as well as with his pulsating production on tracks for artists like Wizkid and  Yemi Alade. But when he dropped by OkayAfrica Headquarters a few months back, we became even bigger fans of the Nigerian hitmaker.

Berry came through this past Valentine's Day and showed our staff some major love.

During his visit, we chatted with him live on Facebook, about his upcoming projects and more. Since then, the musician released the sultry song and video for "4 Me," and we can't wait to hear what he drops next.

For now, take a look below at our exclusive photos from Maleek Berry's visit, shot by Ginny Suss.

Maleek Berry at OkayAfrica. Photo by Ginny Suss.

Maleek Berry at OkayAfrica. Photo by Ginny Suss.

Maleek Berry at OkayAfrica. Photo by Ginny Suss.

Maleek Berry at OkayAfrica. Photo by Ginny Suss.

Maleek Berry at OkayAfrica. Photo by Ginny Suss.

Maleek Berry at OkayAfrica. Photo by Ginny Suss.

Maleek Berry at OkayAfrica. Photo by Ginny Suss.

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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