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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.

Interview

This Compilation Shines a Light On East African Underground Music

We talk to a few of the artists featured on the Music For the Eagles compilation from Uganda's Nyege Nyege.

Nyege Nyege, a label in Kampala, Uganda is channelling the confidence brimming over a whole continent. Africa is no longer the future. For dance music, its time is right now.

Music For the Eagles is a compilation released in conjunction with Soundcloud to showcase the best new acts that East Africa has to offer outside the mainstream. A new wave of artists firmly blasting non-conformist energy for you to spasm to. Music that takes you places. Otim Alpha's high BPM wedding frenzy of incessant rasping vocals accompanied by feverous violin will have you clawing the walls to oblivion. Anti Vairas' dancehall from a battleship with super galactic intentions doesn't even break a sweat as it ruins you. FLO's beautiful sirens call, is a skittish and detuned nursery rhyme that hints at a yearning for love but reveals something far more unnerving. Ecko Bazz's tough spiralling vocal over sub-bass and devil trap energy is an anthem that can only be bewailed. And Kidane Fighter's tune is more trance-like prayer. These are only some of the highlights for you to shake it out to.

We got to chat with a few of the artists featured on the Music For the Eagles compilation as they took a break from the studio below.

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