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Protestors Take Over Clifton Beach in Cape Town

Here are some of the actions that have been going on today.

The Black People's National Crisis Committee in South Africa has organized a protest at Clifton Beach today addressing ongoing racial discrimination in the country.

On Sunday, beach goers were asked to leave Clifton beach in Cape Town, South Africa by guards from a private security company. The City of Cape Town has said that the company did not have the authority to restrict access or ask beach goers to leave, and that an investigation into the incidence is being pursued.




One of the beach goers Fatima Shabodien had reported that she felt discriminated against by the guards when she was asked to leave. Speaking to SABC news she said, "The real issue is in whose interest are they acting and on whose instruction. How is it possible that in our country 24 years post apartheid, a private security company has the right to tell us we don't have access to a public beach... We can't let it happen, it shouldn't be allowed."

Phumzile Jack, an organizer from the Black People's National Crisis Committee described the sentiment behind the protest saying, "All black people know and feel the energy that white people don't want us (blacks) at the malls, beaches, and the Gautrain."


Clashes over sheep slaughtering at Clifton Beach www.youtube.com

As activists took over the beach today, there were ceremonies held to symbolically cleanse the beach from racism which included slaughtering of sheep. Other protestors who were mostly white also showed up to the beach to counter the occupation with signs written "animal rights are human rights." The white protestors sparked discussions on Twitter as people pointed out how animal rights are often brought up as a distraction from debates around racism.

The hashtags #occupyclifton and #reclaimclifton have also been trending on Twitter as people have been responding to the protest.





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This is a must-watch.

The trailer for Farming, Nigerian-British actor Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje's directorial debut, is here.

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#IStandWithIlhan: Supporters Rally Behind Ilhan Omar Following Racist 'Send Her Back' Chant

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The president doubled down on his racist rhetoric during a re-election rally in North Carolina on Wednesday, attendees began chanting "send her back," referring to Omar—echoing anti-imigrant remarks that the president tweeted last week, in which he wrote that four congresswomen of color: Omar, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ayanna Pressley and Rashida Tlaib should "go back" to where they came from.

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6 African Country Musicians You Should Check Out

Featuring Sir Elvis, Jess Sah Bi & Peter One, Emma Ogosi and more.

With Lil Nas X's EP going straight to number on the American charts, it seems like country music revival is taking over 2019 and beyond, thanks to its unlikely fusion with trap music. It only makes sense that black people are reclaiming the genre, as country was actually partly created by black American artists and heavily influenced by gospel music.

On top of that, plenty of lesser known black artists and bands are making country, or country-infused, music. This is especially the case in Africa, where the genre has been around for a few decades and an increasing number of musicians are gaining momentum. By gaining popularity in Africa, country is coming back to its roots, as country guitar and the way of playing it was originally inspired by the banjo— an instrument that African slaves brought with them to America.

Country music has a strong appeal across the African continent for several reasons: the similarity with many African instruments and the recurring lyrics and themes about love, heartbreak and "the land." At the heart of it, country music has an appeal to working class people all over the world who feel let down by the people that were supposed to help them.

Country music is played regularly on the radio in countries such as Kenya, Tanzania and Malawi but yet, the artists featured are overwhelmingly white and American. African country singers do not get the respect they deserve or are seen as anomalies. With the growing number of them making country music, here is a list of the ones you need to listen to right now.

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