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Nelson Mandela's Family Has Launched a Media Platform In Honor of What the Anti-Apartheid Leader Fought For

Mandela Media will be producing and developing content linked to the ethos of Nelson Mandela.

The legacy of the late South African leader Nelson Mandela will continue through a new media platform launched by his family, Deadline reports.

In partnership with production company Sugar23 and ad-rep agency DMA United, Mandela Media will be producing and developing long and short-form content that will be in tandem with Madiba's overall mission and ethos: fighting for freedom, forgiveness and "the voice of the underdog."


The Mandela family plans on searching for global stories that connect to what he represents, such as focusing on social justice, racial and gender equality and mental health awareness.

"My father spent his life fighting for freedom and equality," Makaziwe Mandela, Madiba's first daughter, says in a statement. "My family and I are very excited to partner with Sugar23 on Mandela Media. Sugar23 and DMA United not only believe in my father's values but are also incredibly passionate about sharing those beliefs with people across the world through art, culture and entertainment."

Michael Sugar, founder and CEO of Sugar23 continues:

"Nelson Mandela is an international icon who dedicated his life to changing laws and minds. We are honored to partner with Mandela Media alongside Nelson's family and carry on his legacy, inspiring a new generation with content that highlights the many causes he steadfastly stood for and the many people he tirelessly fought for."

Under the agreement, Sugar23 and DMA United will work towards production, branding and initiatives related to the business development of Mandela Media.

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Listen to Sliqe’s New Album ‘Injayam, Vol. 2’

Stream Sliqe's new album.

South African hip-hop deejay Sliqe has finally released his sophomore album. Injayam, Vol. 2 is a sequel to his debut album Injayam, Vol. 1, which he released in 2016.

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Boity and Dee Koala Totally Own ‘Utatakho Remix’

Boity and Dee Koala deliver great verses on "Utatakho Remix."

One of the most anticipated songs of the year was the remix to "Utatakho" by Yanga Chief. It's the combination of rappers enlisted on the song and of course the fact that the original is a heater that raised everyone's curiosity.

Riky Rick takes the opening verse, and drops decent bars, but things start taking a different turn from Dee Koala's verse. The Cape Town emcee frolics over the beat, switching flows, aligning her bars perfectly with the instrumental. She shows love to her city and reminds you she's great.

In her verse, Boity opens about her personal issues with her father: "Personally, this is a touchy subject/ 'Cause my dad was live but his presence wasn't/ So my mama was everything daddy wasn't," and goes on to say she holds no grudge towards her father, and refusing to dwell on that, she chooses to be grateful for her present life.

One thing is clear, Boity can rap. Her verse on this remix is seamlessly delivered in both English and Setswana. Every word she utters sounds believable. She has been consistently dope since she released her first song last year, "Wuz Dat."

"Utatakho Remix" is the closing song on Yanga Chief's recently released EP Becoming a Pop Star. The nine-track project includes the original version of "Utatakho" and the song "200," which was released last week. Apart from the guests on the remix, features on BAPS include AKA and Makwa.

Listen to Becoming a Pop Star below:



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Meet the Senegalese Designer Making Math Chic

Diarra Bousso uses algorithms to create designs for her line DIARRABLU.

Who knew that math and fashion could work together so seamlessly? Apparently Diarra Bousso did, the self-described "Creative Mathematician" and mastermind behind DIARRABLU. The Senegalese serial entrepreneur and multidisciplinary artist left a career of trading on Wall Street to pursue design and it paid off. She has just been awarded a coveted spot as the Designer in Residence at the San Francisco Fashion Incubator for her innovative use of equations and algorithms in her beautiful designs.

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Daniel Kaluuya Is Producing a Live-Action 'Barney' Movie with Mattel

Yes, you read that correctly.

In a move that absolutely no one saw coming, Oscar-nominated actor Daniel Kaluuya is set to produce a live-action Barney movie in conjunction with Mattel Films. The Hollywood Reporter first broke the story.

Kaluuya will co-produce the film as part of his 59% production banner, which signed a first-look deal with Paramount back in May. Speaking on his involvement with the project and the impact of Barney & Friends, Kaluuya had this to say: "Barney was a ubiquitous figure in many of our childhoods, then he disappeared into the shadows, left misunderstood. We're excited to explore this compelling modern-day hero and see if his message of 'I love you, you love me' can stand the test of time."

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