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Watch NFL Player Colin Kaepernick "Find His Independence" in Ghana

In this video, NFL free agent Colin Kaepernick boycotts America’s Independence Day by taking a trip to Ghana.

GHANA—NFL free agent Colin Kaepernick, known—among other things—for kneeling during the U.S. national anthem in protest of the systematic murders of black men and women, decided to boycott America’s Independence Day by taking a trip to Ghana. He took to Instagram, to deliver some of his thoughts during the day.


Starting with quote by Frederick Douglass he writes:

"What have I, or those I represent, to do with your national independence?

In a quest to find my personal independence, I had to find out where my ancestors came from. I set out tracing my African ancestral roots, and it lead me to Ghana. Upon finding out this information, I wanted to visit the sites responsible for myself (and many other Black folks in the African Diaspora) for being forced into the hells of the middle passage. I wanted to see a fraction of what they saw before reaching the point of no return.

I spent time with the/my Ghanaian people, from visiting the local hospital in Keta and the village of Atito, to eating banku in the homes of local friends, and paying my respects to Kwame Nkrumah’s Memorial Park.I felt their love, and truly I hope that they felt mine in return."

Kaepernick could genuinely have felt the urge to reconnect with an ancestry that has been forcibly robbed from him. But, in his quest to “find home” he told a very narrow story of Ghana and Ghanaian people.  From the smiling school children waving and clapping, to the drum circle, to him being draped in kente by a local authority figure, the video seems heavily staged.

Check out the video below to form your own opinion on the matter:

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Rema Welcomes 2021 With New Single 'Bounce'

The Don Jazzy produced track reminds us of why the Nigerian singer-songwriter is topping charts.

Nigerian golden boy Rema took his time on deciding how to start of 2021—and we're glad he did.

The afropop hitmaker is out with his first project of the year, "Bounce", after stunning fans with word of an upcoming album, and the cooks in this kitchen have not disappointed.

Keeping it in the Mavin Records family, legendary producer Don Jazzy sprinkles his magic on the track, while undoubtedly motivating the young singer-songwriter to be his best self. And with this track being like nothing we've heard from Rema before, one could say Jazzy succeeded. "Bounce", fast-paced and fierce, is a love song dedicated to bewitchingly beautiful and blessed bottoms. The candid declaration and hip shaking beat are a force duo and we can't help but love it.

Of the single and collaboration with head honcho Don Jazzy, Rema says, "This record was inspired by the luscious and magnificent body of the African woman. Furthermore, I'm really excited about this tune because it's my first single with the legendary Don Jazzy."

Honestly, when you start the year off with a banger, you get to make songs about butts.

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