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This Is Where That Viral Meme You Keep Seeing About Being Extra Comes From

This hilarious clip from a Kenyan parody of "Sarafina!" is the best thing on the internet right now.

DIASPORA—You may or may not have seen the following viral clip of a young man's wonderfully dramatic death scene, floating around your timeline in the past few days.


If you have not, you need to stop whatever you're doing right now and watch it, because nothing you could possibly be doing is more important than this.

It's seriously golden:

The astounding level of excessiveness in the young man's performance has the internet cackling, and many are curious as to what movie this unforgettable clip is from.

We now have the answer.

After some very intense and thoroughgoing research, we've discovered that the clip is from a parody of the peculiar 1992 South African apartheid-themed musical Sarafina!, starring Miriam Makeba, Whoopi Goldberg, Leleti Khumalo, and John KaniThe parody called Saratina, hit YouTube last December and stars Kenyan comedian Eric Omondi.

The 10-minute video is hilarious the whole way through. You can watch it below.

Photo by Meztli Yoalli Rodríguez

Dying Lagoons Reveal Mexico’s Environmental Racism

In the heart of a traditionally Black and Indigenous use area in Southwest Mexico, decades of environmental destruction now threatens the existence of these communities.

On an early morning in September 2017, in a little fishing village in the Pacific coast of Oaxaca, called Zapotalito, thousands of dead fish floated on the surface of the Chacahua-Pastoría lagoons. A 7.1-magnitude earthquake, which rattled Mexico City on September 19, was felt as far down as Zapotalito, and the very next morning, its Black, Indigenous and poor Mestizo residents, who depend on the area's handful of lagoons for food and commerce, woke up to an awful smell and that terrible scene of floating fish.

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