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Slumdog Tourism - Who Really Profits?


In Slumdog Millionaire, people around the world could learn about the harsh realities of growing up in the slums of Mumbai while safely cocooned in a cool, dark theater, popcorn and coke in hand. While some people were outraged by the social realities revealed in the movie, they may have been eventually mollified by its end in which love conquers all. And while the movie may just have jump-started a budding industry in which Westerners get a glimpse of the world's worst slums, parceled out an day at a time, Kennedy Odede, a junior at Wesleyan University originally from one of the largest slums in Africa, argues in this New York Times' op-ed piece that the new wave of slum tourism brought on by movies like Slumdog Millionaire are no help for the people who actually have to live there: "Slum tourism is a one-way street: They get photos; we lose a piece of our dignity."

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Burna Boy's 'African Giant' Album Certified Silver in the UK

Over a year after its release, Burna Boy's 'African Giant' album continues to receive the international recognition it deserves.

Burna Boy continues to reach new heights with his Grammy-nominated album African GiantAfrican Giant. Released last year, the album has recently been certified silver in the UK after selling the equivalent of 60 000 copies. The news comes after the Nigerian superstar's "Be Honest" collaboration featuring Jorja Smith was certified platinum in France in addition to "On the Low" having been certified gold earlier this year.
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