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Mr Eazi, Shabazz Palaces, Patoranking and More to Join Lauryn Hill On 'Miseducation' Tour

The singer has added a slew of noteworthy musical guests to the lineup of her 20th anniversary tour.

Lauryn Hill has just announced new dates for the North American leg of her ongoing The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill World Tour 2018, which marks the 20th anniversary of her seminal album.

The tour will feature appearances from some of or favorite artists on select dates. Mr Eazi will join the legendary singer during her September 22 show in Phoenix, Arizona. Shabazz Palaces and Pantoranking will also open for the singer for a number of shows later on in the tour.


Other special guests include Dave Chapelle, Nas, SZA, Santigold, Busta Rhymes and more.

She'll make stops throughout the U.S., starting in Virgina Beach in July 5, and wrapping on October 5 in St. Louis, Missouri. For ticket information and check here.

See the full list of tour dates below.

The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill World Tour North America Dates:

Thu Jul 05 – Virginia Beach, VA – Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater – A$AP Rocky, Jo Mersa Marley
Sun Jul 08 – Bristow, VA – Jiffy Lube Live – A$AP Rocky, Jo Mersa Marley
Wed Jul 11 – Boston, MA – Blue Hills Bank Pavilion – M.I.A., Busta Rhymes, Jo Mersa Marley
Fri Jul 13 – Philadelphia, PA – Festival Pier at Penn's Landing – M.I.A., Busta Rhymes, Tierra Whack, Jo Mersa Marley
Sun Jul 15 – Wantagh, NY – Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater – M.I.A., Busta Rhymes, Jo Mersa Marley
Wed Jul 18 – Toronto, ON – Budweiser Stage – Santigold, Busta Rhymes, Dave East,Tierra Whack
Fri Jul 20 – Detroit, MI – Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre at Freedom Hill – Santigold, Busta Rhymes, Dave East, Bambaata Marley
Wed Jul 25 – Charlotte, NC – Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre – Big Boi, Bambaata Marley, Raury
Thu Jul 26 – Raleigh, NC – Red Hat Amphitheater – Big Boi, Bambaata Marley, Raury
Sun Jul 29 – St. Petersburg, FL – Al Lang Stadium – Big Boi, Dave East, Bambaata Marley
Tue Jul 31 – Miami, FL – Bayfront Park Amphitheater – Big Boi, De La Soul, Dave East, Bambaata Marley
Thu Aug 02 – Jacksonville, FL – Daily's Place – Big Boi, Dave East, Bambaata Marley
Fri Aug 03 – Atlanta, GA – STATE BANK AMPHITHEATRE AT CHASTAIN PARK – Big Boi, De La Soul, Victory
Sun Aug 05 – Nashville, TN – Nashville Municipal Auditorium – Big Boi, Dave East, Victory
Wed Aug 08 – Holmdel, NJ – PNC Bank Arts Center – Nas, Santigold, Victory
Fri Sep 07 – Las Vegas, NV – The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel Las Vegas – Nas, Protoje, Iman Omari
Sun Sep 09 – San Diego, CA – Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre at SDSU – Kelela, Protoje, Iman Omari
Wed Sep 12 – Portland, OR – Veterans Memorial Coliseum – Nas, Santigold, Iman Omari
Fri Sep 14 – Vancouver, BC – Deer Lake Park – Santigold, De La Soul, Iman Omari
Sat Sep 15 – Seattle, WA – ShoWare Center – Santigold, De La Soul, Shabazz Palaces
Tue Sept 18 – Los Angeles, CA – Hollywood Bowl – Dave Chappelle, De La Soul
Thu Sep 20 – Mountain View, CA – Shoreline Amphitheatre – SZA, De La Soul, Shabazz Palaces
Sat Sep 22 – Phoenix, AZ – Comerica Theatre – Santigold, Mr. Eazi, Tierra Whack
Mon Sep 24 – Albuquerque, NM – Isleta Amphitheater – Nas, Talib Kwell, Tierra Whack
Wed Sep 26 – Denver, CO – Red Rocks Amphitheatre – Santigold, Talib Kwell, Shabazz Palaces
Sat Sep 29 – Sugar Land, TX – Smart Financial Centre at Sugar Land – Patoranking, Shabazz Palaces
Sun Sep 30 – Dallas, TX – The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory – Patoranking, Shabazz Palaces
Wed Oct 03 – New Orleans, LA – UNO Lakefront Arena – Nas, Patoranking, Shabazz Palaces
Fri Oct 05 – St Louis, MO – Chaifetz Arena – Nas, Patoranking, Shabazz Palaces

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Tems Is Just Doing Her Thang In New Music Video 'Crazy Tings'

The Nigerian songstress is hell bent on taking over your summer playlist and it's getting harder to resist.

It has been a fantastic year for Tems. The Nigerian singer, producer, and songwriter achieved a platinum record for eternal banger Essence, her collaboration with fellow Nigerian superstar Wizkid, an MTV EMA nomination for Best African Artist, a billion worldwide video views, and over 350 million audio streams. Not to mention featuring on Canadian rapper Drake's blowout album Certified Lover Boy, the singer has also sold out every show she's booked.

The release of Tems's sophomore EP If Orange Was a Place solidified her place amongst the greats and it was received with gusto by fans and international audiences. A month after the release the Afrobeats singer has graced fans with a sultry music video to go along with equally as tantalizing lead single Crazy Tings. Conceptualized by the multitalented Tems, and directed by UAX, the music video follows a sensual Tems as she sings about needing space from a lying partner.

International audiences continue to rave over the songstress, with Tems delivering an impressive US TV debut on late-night talk show Jimmy Kimmel Live! this month. Essence continues to top international charts. While becoming the official song of the summer, the track peaked on the Billboard 100 Top 10, becoming the most Shazamed song in the United States and was remixed by Canadian musical heavyweight Justin Bieber, becoming the first song written by Nigerian artists to hit No.1 on Urban Radio.

Tems has been producing consistent hits since her debut in September 2020, and a year later, the singer's immense talent is securing her reputation as a world-class superstar.

Check out Tem's music video for single 'Crazy Tings' below

Tems - Crazy Tings (Official Video) www.youtube.com

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Eswatini Is Trying To Dethrone Africa's Last Standing King

Africa's last absolute monarchy is being challenged by pro-democracy protests and an army of youths ready to fight back.

Pro-democracy protests in Southern African country Eswatini (previously Swaziland) have intensified as police and army forces meet unarmed protesters with tear gas and water cannons. National anger and dissatisfaction with King Mswati III are not revolutionary and have been building up for years. Advocates say that the 53-year-old ruler has consistently ignored cries for reform and a move towards a democratic political system. Protests have been going on since June, however, the violence has increased in recent weeks.

For years, King Mswati has boasted a lavish life filled with private planes, expensive vacations, and designer clothing. He has ruled over Eswatini since 1986. King Mswati has denied the accusations of autocratic rule and of using public money to fund his lifestyle for years. In July, he called protests against his ruling "satanic" and bemoaned that the protests have taken the country backward.

This year's protests were sparked by Eswatini students, who wanted better learning conditions, free education, as well as a demand for political reform. The army was sent to "intimidate, but that has not deterred the students," Lucky Lukhele, spokesman for the pro-democracy Swaziland Solidarity Network, told the AFP news agency. On Saturday, the government shut down its schools "indefinitely with immediate effect" as the country faces a wave of protests. At least 28 people have been killed with countless arrests having been made throughout the weeks.

The King owns shares in all of the country's telecoms Eswatini shut the internet down for 2 hours over the weekend, and MTN Eswatini and other mobile network operators revealed that they have been told to suspend access to Facebook and its messenger app until further notice. "The business has implemented the directive and access to Facebook and Facebook Messenger has been suspended. ... We will continue engaging with the relevant stakeholders to minimize the impact and duration of the service disruption," MTN Eswatini said in a statement. They did not say why it had been told to suspend access to Facebook.

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, who currently chairs the security organ of the Southern African Development Community (SADC), has ordered high-level representatives to fly to Eswatini to meet with the King to discuss "security and political developments".

Young Swazis have taken to Twitter to share their views on the matter:

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#EndSARS: 1 Year Later And It's Business As Usual For The Nigerian Government

Thousands filled the streets of Nigeria to remember those slain in The #LekkiTollGateMassacre...while the government insists it didn't happen.

This week marks 1 year since Nigerians began protests against police brutality and demanded an end to the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS). The #EndSARS protests took the world by storm as we witnessed Nigerian forces abuse, harass and murder those fighting for a free nation. Reports of illegal detention, profiling, extortion, and extrajudicial killings followed the special task force's existence, forcing the government to demolish the unit on October 11th, 2020. However, protestors remained angered and desperate to be heard. It wasn't until October 20th, when soldiers opened fire on demonstrators at Lekki tollgate in the country's capital, Lagos, that the protests came to a fatal end. More than 56 deaths from across the country were reported, while hundreds more were traumatized as the Nigerian government continued to rule by force. The incident sparked global outrage as the Nigerian army refused to acknowledge or admit to firing shots at unarmed protesters in the dead of night.

It's a year later, and nothing has changed.

Young Nigerians claim to still face unnecessary and violent interactions with the police and none of the demands towards systemic changes have been met. Fisayo Soyombo the founder of the Foundation for Investigative Journalism, told Al Jazeera, "Yes, there has not been any reform. Police brutality exists till today," while maintaining that his organization has reported "scores" of cases of police brutality over this past year.

During October 2020's protests, Nigerian authorities turned a blind eye and insisted that the youth-led movement was anti-government and intended to overthrow the administration of current President Muhammadu Buhari. During a press conference on Wednesday, in an attempt to discredit the protests, Minister of Information and Culture Lai Mohammed hailed the Nigerian army and police forces for the role they played in the #EndSARS protests, going as far as to say that the Lekki Toll Massacre was a "phantom massacre with no bodies." These brazen claims came while protesters continued to gather in several major cities across the country. The minister even went on to shame CNN, Nigerian favorite DJ Switch as well as Amnesty International, for reporting deaths at Lekki. Mohammed pushed even further by saying, "The six soldiers and 37 policemen who died during the EndSARS protests are human beings with families, even though the human rights organizations and CNN simply ignored their deaths, choosing instead to trumpet a phantom massacre."

With the reports of abuse still coming out of the West African nation, an end to the struggle is not in sight. During Wednesday's protest, a journalist for the Daily Post was detained by Nigerian forces while covering the demonstrations.

According to the BBC, additional police units have been set up in the place of SARS, though some resurfacing SARS officers and allies claim to still be around.

Young Nigerians relied heavily on social media during the protests and returned this year to voice their opinions around the first anniversary of an experience that few will be lucky enough to forget.



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