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DIASPORA—Kenyan-born lawyer, Lucy Gichuhi, has become Australia’s first black African senator. Gichuhi took her seat as South Australian senator on Tuesday. “I am honoured and humbled to be sworn in today as the first-ever person of black African descent in the Australian Parliament,” said the politician of her appointment.

Read the full story, here.

DIASPORA—Forbes Africa released its list of “10 Music money-makers” on Tuesday (May 8). Topping the list is Senegalese music mogul Akon, followed by South Africa’s Black Coffee. Check out the full list of musicians—which also includes Naija “Starboy” Wizkid, Zimbabwean singer Tinashe and more—here.

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SOUTH AFRICA —South Africa's Stellenbosch University says it has identified three people responsible for posting Nazi propaganda on campus boards on Monday (May 7). The group referred to themselves as the “New Right” and modeled their flyer after Hitler Youth posters from the 1930s. The university says it’s investigating the incident, calling the signs “totally unacceptable and highly offensive.”

"There seems to be deliberate mischief-making involved and, if that should be the case, disciplinary steps will be taken," said Vice-Chancellor Wim de Villiers. Read the full story via BBC Africa.

DIASPORA — British-Grenadian and Trinidadian director, Steve McQueen, is set to direct a new documentary on the life of prolific hip hop artist, Tupac Shakur.

“I am extremely moved and excited to be exploring the life and times of this legendary artist. I attended NYU film school in 1993 and can remember the unfolding hip-hop world and mine overlapping with Tupac’s through a mutual friend in a small way. Few, if any shined brighter than Tupac Shakur. I look forward to working closely with his family to tell the unvarnished story of this talented man,” said McQueen.

The documentary is being backed by The Shakur Estate, and will be financed and distributed by Amaru Entertainment. Read the full story via Shadow and Act.

DIASPORA—Nigerian visual artist, Laolu Senbanjo has penned an open letter to Damien Hirst, after the British artist produced a replica of the Ife sculpture “Ori Olokun,” in his latest collection at Venice Biennale without properly crediting the source. Read Senbanjo poignant letter, entitled “A Letter From One Artist to Another,” here.

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Rema Welcomes 2021 With New Single 'Bounce'

The Don Jazzy produced track reminds us of why the Nigerian singer-songwriter is topping charts.

Nigerian golden boy Rema took his time on deciding how to start of 2021—and we're glad he did.

The afropop hitmaker is out with his first project of the year, "Bounce", after stunning fans with word of an upcoming album, and the cooks in this kitchen have not disappointed.

Keeping it in the Mavin Records family, legendary producer Don Jazzy sprinkles his magic on the track, while undoubtedly motivating the young singer-songwriter to be his best self. And with this track being like nothing we've heard from Rema before, one could say Jazzy succeeded. "Bounce", fast-paced and fierce, is a love song dedicated to bewitchingly beautiful and blessed bottoms. The candid declaration and hip shaking beat are a force duo and we can't help but love it.

Of the single and collaboration with head honcho Don Jazzy, Rema says, "This record was inspired by the luscious and magnificent body of the African woman. Furthermore, I'm really excited about this tune because it's my first single with the legendary Don Jazzy."

Honestly, when you start the year off with a banger, you get to make songs about butts.

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