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Ilhan Omar Has Become the First Somali-American To Be Elected to Congress

She is also one of the first Muslim women to be elected to the House, taking Keith Ellison's seat.

Ilhan Omar, the first Somali-American to serve as Minnesota's state legislator in District 60B, cannot be stopped.

She is now the first Somali-American and one of the first Muslim women to be elected to Congress, Vox reports.


Her race to the House was an easy feat Tuesday, where she took the seat previously held by Keith Ellison in Minnesota's Fifth Congressional District. She beat Republican candidate Jennifer Zielinski 78.5 percent to 21.5 percent, with 98 percent of votes reported, according to the Associated Press.

Omar joins Michigan Democrat Rashida Tlaib in another history-making moment, as they both are the first Muslim women to hold a seat in Congress.

Omar ran a progressive race, emphasizing her commitment to bring the voices of refugees to Congress and supports the need to provide medicare for all and cancelling student loan debt. She herself is Somali-born, who spent part of her childhood in a Kenyan refugee camp. She was endorsed by rising politician Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, as well as multiple left-wing groups.

Omar was also able to snag her well-deserved seat in Congress despite a sabotage attempt by alt-right activists back in August.

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Boity's Hometown Takes Centre Stage In Her New Music Video

Boity has released the music video for her latest single 'O18's Finest' which features Maglera Doe Boy and Ginger Trill.

South African rapper Boity has finally shared the visuals for her latest single "018's Finest" featuring Maglera Doe Boy and Ginger Trill. The single comes off Boity's EP 4463, which dropped last December. Marked as a fan favourite "018's Finest" borrows from Boity's hometown dialing code. The 31-year-old rapper hails from Potchefstroom, affectionately known as Potch, a quaint town in South Africa's North West province. The music video highlights the lesser known aspects of hip-hop culture in the otherwise sleepy town.

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Listen to Chimurenga Renaissance & King Britt's New Single 'Zimbabwe', Featuring Nadine Stoddart

'Zimbabwe', the new single from Zimbabwe's alternative band Chimurenga Renaissance, is an effortless fusion of soul and rap.

Chimurenga Renaissance has returned with a new single titled ''Zimbabwe". The Chimurenga Renaissance duo, made up of Tendai 'Baba' Maraire and Hussein Kalonji, have partnered with producer King Britt and added sultry vocals from Nadine Stoddart. The single pays homage to Dumisani Maraire, Tendai 'Baba' Maraire's father.

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The 8 Songs You Need to Hear This Week

Featuring Mr Eazi, Scorpion Kings x Tresor, Falz, Kamo Mphela, Khuli Chana and more.

Every week, we highlight the top releases through our best music of the week column.

Here's our round up of the best tracks and music videos that came across our desks, which you can also check out in our Songs You Need to Hear This Week playlists on Spotify and Apple Music.

Follow our SONGS YOU NEED TO HEAR THIS WEEK playlist on Spotify here and Apple Music here.

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Tru Hitz and Co Kayn Drop Joint EP ‘The Wave’

South African hip-hop producers Tru Hitz and Co Kayn release new Joint EP 'The Wave' featuring Yanga Chief, Stogie T, Maglera Doe Boy, Indigo Stella, YoungstaCPT, Big Star Johnson and many more.