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The Stories You Need To Know: Somalia’s Internet Is Back After 3 Weeks, Tax Protests Hit Ethiopia, And More

Key stories from around the continent.

SOMALIA–After more than three weeks of outage, the country’s Internet is finally back. The disconnection, which the government labelled a “major disaster,” was caused by a commercial ship that cut an undersea cable. Read the full story here.


KENYA–Tech company Ushahidi faced backlash last week for the way it was treating a sexual harassment claim against a senior member of its team. The company has taken the criticism and placed the accused under suspension. Read the full story here and the company’s statement here.

ETHIOPIA–A recent tax increase, that affects small businesses in Ethiopia, has led to protests. Some small business owners in Addis Ababa are returning their business licenses. Read the full story here.

NIGERIA–Education rights activist and Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai has urged Nigeria to focus on improving its education system. This was after she learned that  nearly half of primary-aged children are not enrolled in school, during her visit to the country. 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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