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Twitter Salutes Congolese Woman Who Climbed the Statue Of Liberty to Protest Trump's Immigration Policies

Therese Patricia Okoumou told authorities that she wouldn't come down "until all the children are released."

There are many ways to protest. For some it's taking to the streets and marching, for others it's carrying out random acts of kindness. Yesterday, for immigrant activist Therese Patricia Okoumou, protesting meant scaling the Statue of Liberty in a courageous demonstration against Trump's dreadful anti-immigration policies on the very day meant to mark America's independence.

The 44-year-old Congolese immigrant and Staten Island resident, climbed the tower on Tuesday to protest Trump's "zero tolerance" policy that caused thousands of immigrant children to be detained and separated from their parents. She told police that she would not "come down until all the children are released," reports CNN.


It took four hours before the police could get Okoumou down, after which she was taken into custody.

Okoumou is an active member of New York-based activist group Rise and Resist, whose members had previously held an "Abolish I.C.E" banner at the statue. Members of the organization said they had no knowledge of Okoumou's plans, but released a statement of support, stating that they are seeking out the best legal representation for Okoumou.

Okoumou has been involved in several anti-Trump demonstrations in the past, even being arrested last year at a protest at the Department of Labor, reports Huffington Post.

She's being applauded for her dedication and bravery on social media. Much like when Bree Newsome climbed a 30-foot flagpole in South Carolina to remove the Confederate flag two years ago, Okoumou is yet another example of black women stepping up in the name of social justice, when others won't.
















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9 Must-Hear Songs From Ghana's Buzzing Drill Scene

We give you the rundown on Ghana's drill movement, Asakaa, and the most popular songs birthed by it.

Red bandanas, streetwear, security dogs, and gang signs. If you've been paying any attention to the music scene in Ghana over the past few months, then by now you would have noticed the rise of a special hip-hop movement. The movement is called Asakaa, and it's the Ghanaian take on the Chicago-born subgenre of hip-hop called drill music. It's fresh, it's hot, it's invigorating and it's nothing like anything you've seen before from this part of the world.

The pioneers of Asakaa are fondly referred to by the genre's patrons as the Kumerica boys, a set of budding young rappers based in the city of Kumasi in the Ashanti Region of Ghana. They came into the limelight towards the end of 2020, and have been dropping banger after banger since then, topping several charts and racking up millions of views collectively. The rap is charismatic, the visuals are captivating, and their swag is urban. Characterized by Twi lyrics, infectious hooks, and sinister beats, the allure and appeal of both their art and their culture is overflowing.

"Sore," one of the benchmark songs of the movement, is a monster hit that exploded into the limelight, earning Kumerican rapper Yaw Tog a feature on Billboard Italy and a recent remix that featured Stormzy. "Ekorso" by Kofi Jamar is the song that took over Ghana's December 2020, with the video currently sitting at 1.3 million views on YouTube. "Off White Flow" is the song that earned rapper Kwaku DMC and his peers a feature on Virgil Abloh's Apple Music show Televised Radio. These are just a few examples of the numerous accolades that the songs birthed from the Asakaa movement have earned. Ghana's drill scene is the new cool, but it isn't just a trend. It's an entire movement, and it's here to stay.

Want to get familiar? Here we highlight the most prominent songs of the Asakaa movement that you need to know. Here's our rundown of Ghana's drill songs that are making waves right now. Check them out below.

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