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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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Adekunle Gold achieves an artistic freedom that most mainstream artists don't have through a smooth balance of introspection and club bangers.

A few years ago, Adekunle Gold broke out into the scene with a refreshing way of carrying himself, presenting his art and speaking his truth with music. His debut single "Sade" started this journey of chart topping releases, sold out shows, and the constantly evolving sound that graces African airwaves. Gold's self assurance made him stand out from the very beginning, as his sound was delivered with intent, compassion, and stuffed with personal truths.

Not many artists are willing to try new things with their music, and in order to maintain mainstream success, some cling to one sound, one image and direction often crafted from fragments of their first hit. These artists get stuck trying to recreate a capsule in time, while true artists are open to the dynamic of change, and the necessity of renewal.

Adekunle Gold is one of a handful in his profession who draws on a spectrum of experiences to make honest music which is consistent with the self-revelations of a growing man. This has become his biggest strength, allowing him to craft contemplative songs like "Sade" and "Oreke" and still create afropop magic like "Something Different"

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