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South Africans React to Caster Semenya's Win in Paris

The indomitable athlete won the 2000m race in Paris yesterday amid her battle with the IAAF.

Yesterday, two-time Olympic gold medalist, Caster Semenya, took home first prize in the 2000m race in Montreuil, Paris. The race was her first since having appealed the IAAF's decision to bar her from competing without first taking testosterone-reducing medication.


There's simply no stopping Semenya. Just when the IAAF thought their discriminatory action had succeeded in permanently barring the superstar athlete from competing as she is, Semenya has proven them wrong—again.

She finished her race in 5m 38.19 seconds ahead of Ethiopian athletes Hawi Feysa and Adanech Anbesa. Semenya's win comes just after the Swiss Supreme Court suspended the initial ruling by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (Cas) that saw her lose her appeal last month against the IAAF's new testosterone regulations for women athletes.

Never one to say too much and at times, anything at all, Semenya simply tweeted, "They keep talking, I keep winning. Isn't that beautiful...?" after her victory.

South Africans have once again taken to social media to congratulate the athlete and naturally, throw some serious (and deserved) shade the IAAF's way.


From the former Minister of Arts and Culture Nathi Mthethwa to a number of celebrities, everyone is joining in on sending good vibes to Semenya. Take a look at some of these reactions and congratulatory messages below:







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First Look: This New Collection from Art Comes First Is Peak Black Yeehaw Aesthetic

The design and brand consultant duo previews the SS20 collection displayed during their residency at The Mandrake Hotel in Paris.

Following their wavy Surf Afrika collection, Art Comes First (ACF) shares with us a preview of their SS20 collection that is all things Black Yeehaw Aesthetic.

Dubbed El Charro Negro, the collection features neutral colors and an array of textures—from leather, embroidery, fringed denim and ponchos, to vests, suede jackets and straight flyness.

Sam Lambert and Shaka Maidoh of ACF are known as the "Travelling Tailors" where their ventures around the world influence their designs. This time the nomads, who hail from the West Indies, Ghana and Angola respectively, have landed in Paris.

Earlier this month, ACF curated a week-long event-filled residency at The Mandrake Hotel in Paris that encapsulates their ethos of taking cultural influence from around the world and only staying still long enough to create. There, Lambert and Maidoh presented an installation, live musical performances and DJ sets, a film screening and a pop-up shop leading up to Fashion Week. The residency also showcased the duo's latest collaboration with London mainstay Fred Perry.

El Charro Negro will still be showcased in Paris at another location from June 18 to 23. Keep up with ACF on Instagram to stay tuned for details.

Check out our favorite images from the collection below.

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Nonso Amadi & Kwesi Arthur's 'Comfortable' Will Get You In Weekend Mode

Watch the trippy new music video for this link-up from the buzzing Nigerian and Ghanaian artists.

Nonso Amadi is one of the standout acts from a young wave of Nigerian musicians blending afro-fusion with RnB and much more. He's now dropping the brand new single "Comfortable," an addictive self-produced track that sees him linking up with bubbling Ghanaian act Kwesi Arthur, which we're premiering below today.

"Comfortable" is built on woozy synth keys and sparse beat work, all spearheaded by Nonso Amadi's vocals about wanting freedom in a relationship.

"The song is inspired by experiences with having a girl over and not wanting them to get too comfortable by staying too long with you," says Nonso Amadi. "I thought it'll be interesting to create a song around this 'cos it's not a perspective were used to hearing from guys very often."

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Maleek Berry Makes a Statement with His First Track of the Year, 'Flashy'

And the music video follows suit.

After months of anticipation, Maleek Berry finally dropped his first track of the year, "Flashy."

The Nigerian crooner-producer surely makes a statement on the track while flexing his rapping skills, as he chronicles how he leveled up to be flashy—and it's well-deserved. The video shows us a scene of a fly photo shoot that's underway, where Maleek is dripping in gold and fancy cars surrounded by stunning black women and his homies—Eugy, Tinie Tempah, Juls and more.

Watch the video, directed by Capone and Guise of Vissionaire Pictures, below.

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