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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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Six Things History Will Remember Kenneth Kaunda For

News of Kenneth David Kaunda's passing, at age 97, has reverberated across the globe. Kaunda, affectionately known as KK, was Zambia's first President from 1964 to 1991.

Following Nelson Mandela's passing in December 2013, Kenneth Kaunda became Africa's last standing hero. Now with his passing on Thursday, June 17 — after being admitted to the Maina Soko Military Hospital in Lusaka earlier in the week — this signals the end of Africa's liberation history chapter.

It is tempting to make saints out of the departed. The former Zambian struggle hero did many great things. He was, after all, one of the giants of the continent's struggle against colonialism. Ultimately however, he was a human being. And as with all humans, he lived a complicated and colourful life.

Here are six facts you might not have known about him.

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