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Melanated Men and Women Flex Their Complexions With Hashtags: #BlackGirlsBreakTheInternet & #BlackBoysBreakTheInternet

That melanin though.

Now that the sun is consistently out with summer around the corner, melanated skin tones are officially on fleek. So black men and women took to Twitter over the weekend to flex their complexions with hashtags #BlackBoysBreakTheInternet and #BlackGirlsBreakTheInternet  (though I'd love it if next time we refer to ourselves as men and women instead of "boys" and "girls").


Started by Twitter user @durwhen on Friday night, her tweet spawned a big self-love fest because that melanin be poppin’ though. And it’s important as global anti-blackness seems to be at an all-time high, that we counter that negativity with the the positivity of these trending hashtags.

Take a look at some of the dopest ones, and consider getting in on the action—you can never be too late to the party, right?

Never to miss a party, the great purple, Prince, got in on the action posthumously.

And actress Yara Shahidi, who stars as Zoey on ABC’s sitcom ‘Black-ish,” didn’t miss the moment.

— Elsa. (@naturallyelsa) June 12, 2016

It was empowering.

Hey, don’t try to upstage us.

Gotta flex that versatility.

On the Internet, there’s no such thing as C.P.T....Let's keep this good thing going.

All complexions were fleekin'.

It was beautiful.

Twitter screenshot of Michael Jordan meme.

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7 Gengetone Acts You Need to Check Out

The streets speak gengetone: Kenya's gengetone sound is reverberating across East Africa and the world, get to know its main purveyors.

Sailors' "Wamlambez!"Wamlambez!" which roughly translates to "those who lick," is the cry the reverberated round the world, pushing the gengetone sound to the global stage. The response "wamnyonyez" roughly translates to "those who suck" and that should tell you all you need to know about the genre.

Known for its lewd lyrics and repetitive (often call and response) hooks, gengetone makes no apologies for belonging to the streets. First of all, most artists that create gengetone are grouped into bands with a few outliers like Zzero Sufuri riding solo. The songs themselves often feature a multiplicity of voices with screams and crowds coming through as ad libs, adding to this idea that this is definitely "outside" music.

Listening to Odi wa Muranga play with his vocal on the track "Thao" it's easy to think that this is the first, but gengetone fits snuggly in a history of sheng rap based on the kapuka style beat. Kapuka is onomatopoeically named, the beats have that repetitive drum-hat-drum skip that sounds like pu-ka-pu-ka-pu. Artists like Nonini were asking women to come over using this riff long before Ochungulo family told them to stay home if they aren't willing to give it up.

Here's seven gengetone groups worth listening to.

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