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Omarosa Was on a Panel About Police Brutality and Needless to Say it Went Off the Rails

There was little love for Omarosa Manigault at this year's National Association of Black Journalism Conference as attendees turned their backs and a panel on police brutality descended into chaos.

We've written about Omarosa Manigault before in not so flattering terms. That was one writer's opinion though.


Today she's causing an uproar in the American media sphere due to a panel appearance at the National Association of Black Journalist's Conference in New Orleans that people in the audience are calling everything from "tense" to "31 minutes of pure insanity."

The drama started when Omarosa, a White House political aide and Trump associate, was added to a panel on police brutality at the last minute causing everyone from the moderator—the New Yorker's Jelani Cobb—and another panelist—New York Times' Nikole Hannah-Jones—to pull out citing opposition to her last minute inclusion. Understandably, the journalists might be wary of a member of an administration that's show open hostility to working journalists and has issued some less than stellar rhetoric around police brutality.

An unnamed source told Page Six, “The majority there don’t want her involved. It’s heavy drama —even the moderator is refusing. Everyone sees it as extremely offensive.”

Here's a short clip of what you missed by not going to this years National Association of Black Journalist's Conference in New Orleans plus some of the better reactions to the drama, below.

Not everyone was annoyed though:

 

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New Fela Kuti Reissues & Box Set Are Coming This Year

Partisan Records has shared initial news of upcoming Fela 50th anniversary reissues and a new box set on the way.

Fela Kuti fans have a lot to look forward to this year as Partisan Records (home to Fela's catalog) has announced plans to release special reissues of two 1971 albums: London Scene and Live! With Ginger Baker, the classic album in which Fela and his band Africa '70 where joined by the Cream drummer.

The label has also said they plan to release the fifth installment in their ongoing Fela vinyl reissue box set series, which are handpicked by notable names in the music world. Previous volumes have been curated by Erykah Badu, Questlove, and Brian Eno.

Partisan has also shared that they will also be launching a scholarship program at Fela's alma mater, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, in London this year. The label will be sharing more information on all of that exciting Fela Kuti 2021 news soon, so keep and eye out.

In the meantime, Fela Kuti is currently leading the fan vote for induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. You can head here to cast a daily ballot for the afrobeat legend. Voting is capped at one ballot per day.

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