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The Stories You Need To Know: Madonna Opens Children’s Hospital In Malawi, And More

Key stories from around the continent.

MALAWI–Madonna opened a children’s hospital in Malawi on Tuesday. The hospital is called Mercy James, and is named after one of the pop star's adopted daughters. The hospital was funded by the singer's Raising Malawi charity, which she founded in 2006. Read the full story here.


SOMALIA–Seven head teachers have been arrested by Somali authorities. The teachers are accused of of meeting al-Shabab militants, and are said to have discussed changing the curriculum at private schools to favor the Islamist group's ideology. Read the full story here.

KENYA–Pope Francis has criticized Kenya’s powerful and wealthy individuals who are involved in land grabs. He accused them of hoarding land and even attempting to take playgrounds away from schools. Read the full story here.

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9 Black Electronic Musicians You Should Be Listening To

Featuring DJ Lag, Spellling, Nozinja, Klein, LSDXOXO and more.

We know that Black queer DJs from the Midwest are behind the creation of house and dance music. Yet, a look at the current electronic scene will find it terribly whitewashed and gentrified, with the current prominent acts spinning tracks sung by unnamed soulful singers from time to time. Like many art forms created by Black people all over the world, the industry hasn't paid homage to its pioneers, despite the obvious influence they have. Thankfully, the independent music scene is thriving with many Black acts inspired by their forefathers and mothers who are here to revolutionize electronic music. Here are a list of the ones you should check out:

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