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South African Musician Mampintsha has Launched #FixHimFixIt for Abusers of Women

This is all a little too convenient if you ask us.

South African musician Mampintsha, real name Mandla Maphumulo, is doing everything he possibly can to paint himself as a good guy following the assault charges that were laid against him by his girlfriend and gqom artist, Babes Wodumo, real name Bongekile Simelane. Mampintsha, who is currently out on bail, was seen beating Babes Wodumo on Instagram Live.


What does one do when they've been recorded assaulting a woman and are desperately trying to redeem themselves? Well, they can try to deny that it's them in the video (not possible in this case), lay a counter charge of assault against the woman you've abused (which has already happened in this case) or launch an entire organisation that seeks to offer abusive men therapy so that they can stop abusing women.

Mampintsha has started an organization called #FixHimFixIt. A friend of his and artist manager Dogg DBN, real name Lindo Buthelezi, told TshisaLIVE that he will be helping Mampintsha with the execution of the idea to establish the organization. He said,"This is something that Mampintsha decided on, it was his idea and I just stepped in to help him implement."

Dogg DBN even took to Instagram to say to Mampintsha:

"I know it's unfashionable to be beside you right now but I'm really proud of you for taking responsibility and accepting the repercussions of your actions. I'm really proud of you that as a black man your'e seeking professional help and over and above that making sure that your situation does not happen to anyone else especially the people that love your music n look up to you."

Mampintsha, who apologized to Babes Wodumo in a series of posts on Instagram that were more an act of damage control than a show of genuine remorse, seems to be running with all the the PR gimmicks available to him. It also should be noted that his new organization will be considered as a mitigating factor when he heads back to court to face the assault charges filed against him.

This entire fiasco has now become about Mampintsha and the victim of abuse, Babes Wodumo, has been gradually moved into the background.


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Angélique Kidjo on Africa Day: 'We demand not to be at the mercy of our circumstances anymore.'

We speak to the inimitable Angélique Kidjo who shares some of her refreshing thoughts on Africa Day.

Today is Africa Day and while primarily a commemoration of the formation of the African Union (AU) back in 1963, it has also become an opportunity to unapologetically celebrate Africa while providing a moment for reflection on how far we've come as a continent and as a people.

With this year's theme focused on "Silencing the Guns in the context of the COVID19", there has never been a more important time for deep reflection on our collective present and future as Africans.

And who better to share in that reflection than the legendary and inimitable Beninese musician Angélique Kidjo? A fierce African and artist who has paved the way for many of her contemporaries including Burna Boy, Davido, Thandiswa Mazwai, and several others, the four-time Grammy award winner emphasises the urgent need for unity among Africans. 'It's about time that people start realising that Africa is a continent. I've been saying this my entire career,' she says passionately.

OkayAfrica spoke briefly to Kidjo who shared some of her refreshing thoughts on this year's Africa Day.

This interview has been edited for length and clarity.

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Thandiswa Mazwai to Host 'Play Your Part Africa' Virtual Concert

'King Tha' will commemorate Africa Day with a virtual concert set to take place on May 30th.

South African musician Thandiswa Mazwai or "King Tha" as she's affectionately known, is set to bring the Africa Month celebrations to an end with a virtual concert commemorating Africa Day this Saturday on May 30th. The "Play Your Part Africa" concert is a collaboration between Brand South Africa, the Department of Sport, Arts and Culture as well as Constitution Hill which has hosted major cultural and historic events over the years.

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#BlackOutEid​: Young Black Muslims Shine as They Celebrate Eid

Young Black Muslims have found creative ways to celebrate community and share their best Eid looks, even as they #StayAtHome.

Eid Mubarak to our Muslim fam! Today marks Eid al-Fitr, the official end of the Holy Month of Ramadan.

Despite things being a little different this year (on account of the current pandemic, of course) this hasn't stopped many from finding creative ways to fast, pray and connect with their community during these times. It certainly hasn't stopped young Black Muslims from participating in the virtual tradition known as #BlackOutEid while they continue to #StayAtHome.

#BlackOutEid is an annual celebration which highlights the diversity within the Muslim world. It began in 2015, when Aamina Mohamed created the hashtag to combat the erasure of Black people within the community. Since then, the hashtag has been used across social media with Black Muslims using it to share their sharpest Eid looks.

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