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The Stories You Need To Know: South African Insurance Company In Trouble For Racist Father’s Day Video, Zimbabwean Musician Dies, And More

OUTSURANCE was dragged on Twitter for posting a Father’s Day video that showed mostly white dads, and more.

SOUTH AFRICA–Insurance company OUTsurance was dragged on Twitter for posting a Father’s Day video that showed mostly white dads. The company has since deleted the video and apologized. Read the full story here.


SOUTH AFRICA – Singer Shekhinah is working on some music with R&B star Jason Derulo. This is part of the Coke Studio Africa series the artist has been part of. Read the full story here.

ZIMBABWE–Musician Dickson Chingaira, who was popularly known as CDE Chinx, has died at 61. Read the full story here.

SWAZILAND–Singer Sands’ album Sands Of Time recently went gold in South Africa, which is a first for a Swazi artist. This was after the success of the singer’s record-breaking single “Tigi.” Read the full story here, and revisit our interview with the artist from earlier this year, here.

Photo by Meztli Yoalli Rodríguez

Dying Lagoons Reveal Mexico’s Environmental Racism

In the heart of a traditionally Black and Indigenous use area in Southwest Mexico, decades of environmental destruction now threatens the existence of these communities.

On an early morning in September 2017, in a little fishing village in the Pacific coast of Oaxaca, called Zapotalito, thousands of dead fish floated on the surface of the Chacahua-Pastoría lagoons. A 7.1-magnitude earthquake, which rattled Mexico City on September 19, was felt as far down as Zapotalito, and the very next morning, its Black, Indigenous and poor Mestizo residents, who depend on the area's handful of lagoons for food and commerce, woke up to an awful smell and that terrible scene of floating fish.

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