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Rest in Peace Terence Crutcher—Keep Kneeling Colin Kaepernick

Terence Crutcher was murdered by police, Friday lending new urgency to Colin Kaepernick's protest during the national anthem.

A black man in America was once again murdered by police.


His name is Terence Crutcher and he was 40-years-old and one month when he was killed, Friday. A father of four, Crutcher sang in his church choir and was returning from a music appreciation class at a Tulsa, Oklahoma college when his car stalled.

In the videos of his death we see a man alone with his hands up.

Video from the police helicopter shows a car in the middle of an empty road. As Crutcher walks toward it with his hands up the voice on the video calls him a "bad dude" and "probably on something."

It is unclear from the footage how the voices are able to make that call.

The people defending the police will say the circumstances are far from clear and they're right— clarity is elusive. But even if he was a "bad dude" or "on something"—and there's no evidence that he was—these do not give police license to murder.

San Francisco Giants quarterback Colin Kaepernick's brave refusal to stand for the national anthem at football games has been met with a deluge of commentary, much of it among the most twisted and fallacious ever uttered by political and sports pundits. We don't need to rehash it here.

Kaepernick's protest is a simple symbolic act that is having massive cultural significance. Here at Okayafrica, we kneel in solidarity with Kaepernick and with Black Lives Matter and in memory of Terence Crutcher. Rest in power Terence. May peace come to you.

 

 

Interview
Photo: Benoit Peverelli

Interview: Oumou Sangaré Proves Why She's the Songbird of Wassoulou

We caught up with the Malian singer to talk about her new Acoustic album, longevity as an artist, and growing up in Mali.

When Oumou Sangaré tells me freedom is at her core, I am not surprised. If you listen to her discography, you'll be hard-pressed to find a song that doesn't center or in some way touch on women's rights or child abuse. The Grammy award-winning Malian singer has spent a significant part of her career using her voice to fight for the rights of women across Africa and the world, a testimony to this is her naming her debut studio album Moussolou, meaning Woman. The album, a pure masterpiece that solidified Oumou's place amongst the greats and earned her the name 'Songbird of Wassoulou,' was a commercial success selling over 250,000 records in Africa and would in turn go on to inspire other singers across the world.

On her latest body of work Acoustic, a reworking of her critically acclaimed 2017 album Mogoya, Oumou Sangaré proves how and why she earned her accolades. The entirety of the 11-track album was recorded within two days in the Midi Live studio in Villetaneuse in 'live' conditions—with no amplification, no retakes or overdubs, no headphones. Throughout the album, using her powerful and raw voice that has come to define feminism in Africa and shaped opinions across the continent, Oumou boldly addresses themes like loss, polygamy and female circumcision.

We caught up with the Malian singer at the studio she is staying while in quarantine to talk about her new album, longevity as an artist, and growing up in Mali.

This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity.

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