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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.

Photo by Sabelo Mkhabela.

Cassper Nyovest’s 20 Best Songs Ranked

The 20 best songs from Cassper Nyovest's growing catalogue.

Cassper Nyovest recently released his fifth studio album, A.M.N. (Any Minute Now). Announced in June 2020, he revealed that the title of the album refers to the impending birth of his son at the time, whom he said would be born "any minute now". His son was eventually born on September 13, two days after the album was released.

The South African rapper, in a conversation with media personality Pearl Thusi over IG Live, shared his opinion on the subject, saying that A.M.N. is his best offering.

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Interview: Wavy The Creator Is Ready to See You Now

The multidisciplinary Nigerian-American artist on tapping into all her creative outlets, creating interesting things, releasing a new single and life during quarantine.

A trip canceled, plans interrupted, projects stalled. It is six months now since Wavy the Creator has had to make a stop at an undisclosed location to go into quarantine and get away from the eye of the pandemic.

The professional recording artist, photographer, writer, fashion artist, designer, and evolving creative has been spending all of this time in a house occupied by other creatives. This situation is ideal. At least for an artist like Wavy who is always in a rapid motion of creating and bringing interesting things to life. The energy around the house is robust enough to tap from and infuse into any of her numerous creative outlets. Sometimes, they also inspire trips into new creative territories. Most recently, for Wavy, are self-taught lessons on a bass guitar.

Wavy's days in this house are not without a pattern, of course. But some of the rituals and personal rules she drew up for herself, like many of us did for internal direction, at the beginning of the pandemic have been rewritten, adjusted, and sometimes ditched altogether. Some days start early and end late. Some find her at her sewing machine fixing up thrift clothes to fit her taste, a skill she picked up to earn extra cash while in college, others find her hard at work in the studio, writing or recording music.

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The 10 Songs You Need to Hear This Week

Featuring Wizkid, Alicia Keys x Diamond Platnumz, Manu WorldStar, Maya Amolo, La Dame Blanche and more.

Every week, we highlight the cream of the crop in music 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, Apple Music here and YouTube Music here

Check out all of OkayAfrica's playlists on Spotify and Apple Music.

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Michael Kiwanuka Wins Highly Coveted 2020 Mercury Prize

The British-Ugandan artist proves that staying true to yourself will get you further than you can imagine.