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DIASPORA— Nigerian rapper, Wale's new album Shine, was the subject of a Twitter storm on Wednesday, after popular music critic Anthony Fontana, called his single "My Love," “one of the ugliest attempts at capitalizing on the Caribbean craze."

Fontana’s tweet garnered a prompt response from the rapper, who clarified the song’s genre and pointed out his Nigerian roots: “man that's Afro beat that's my naija culture. I was born into this sound. This is OUR sound,” he said. Folks on Twitter made it a point to call out Fontana for his oblivious remark. Read some reactions below.

Sports

NIGERIA—The Ogun State government is naming a street and stadium after British-Nigerian, World Heavyweight Champion, Anthony Joshua, ESPN reports. The boxer—who was denied the chance to represent Nigeria in the sport back in 2008—is coming off a historic win against Ukraine's Wladimir Klitschko, last Saturday. Read the full story here.

Fashion:

DIASPORA—UCLA has opened a new exhibit called "African-Print FashionNow! A Story of Taste, Globalization, and Style," which seeks to uncover the history of what has come to be known as "African fashion." The show will run until July 30, and then travel to three other U.S. museums. Read the full story via Los Angeles Times.

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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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