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NYC: Derrick N. Ashong & Soulfège

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You may know Derrick Ashong as the host of Al Jazeera English's The Stream, or from Oprah Radio’s The Derrick Ashong Experience, but a lot of folks know him from his successful globe-trotting band, Derrick N. Ashong & Soulfège. Back in 2010 we wrote that Soulfège combines light reggae guitar melodies with driving rock chords and heavy hip-hop beats, along with more traditional African music. The band doesn't describe their music as "fushion," but rather "Afropolitan." The animated short, Love Rain Down (above) was released in tandem with a track from their latest album, Afropolitan. Check out Derrick and the band Feb. 9th at Drom in NYC, $10 advance, $15 at the door. For more info on the event go here. To read our full interview with Derrick go 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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