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More Black Students are Being Admitted into Cambridge University Because of Stormzy

Dubbed the 'Stormzy effect', admissions of Black students at the university are now up by 50 percent.

When Ghanaian-British rapper Stormzy is not busy making hit records such as "Vossi Bop" and "Shut Up", he's helping Black students get into one of the most prestigious universities in the world. Last year, the rapper launched his own scholarship which aims to provide funding for Black students wanting to be admitted into Cambridge University. According to AllHipHop, the rapper has been credited with a 50 percent increase in the admissions of Black students at the top-tier university. The phenomenon has now been dubbed the "Stormzy effect".


READ: Watch Stormzy Deliver a Cover of 'Brown Skin Girl'

Speaking about his scholarship and why he felt the need to help Black students, Stormzy said that, "In school and college I had the ability and was almost destined to go to one of the top universities. But that didn't happen for myself... so hopefully there's another young Black student out there that can have that opportunity through my scholarship." He went on to add that, "I always said that there's a whole bunch of academically brilliant, excellent students who also need an incentive."

The Guardian reports that Cambridge University has been under heavy fire for its lack of diversity. Last year, statistics showed that the institution had failed to admit a single Black British student at more than one in four of its colleges during 2015 and 2017. David Lammy, the Labor MP for Tottenham, continued his calls for elite universities to increase diversity among students by saying that, "We need transparency if we are going to have progress on access to our elite institutions for students from disadvantaged and under-represented backgrounds."

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'The Burial of Kojo' Is Ghana's First Golden Globe Entry

Blitz the Ambassador's debut film is being considered for the Best Foreign Language Film nomination at the 2020 Golden Globes.

Blitz Bazawuke, also known as Blitz the Ambassador's critically-acclaimed directorial debut The Burial of Kojo is officially in the running for a Golden Globe nomination, making it the first Ghanaian film ever to be considered for a nomination.

The musician, writer and director took to Twitter on Friday to share the news along with a picture of the list of contenders for the Golden Globe's "Best Foreign Language Film" award, which also includes Senegal's Atlantics (which is also in the running to become the first Senegalese film nominated for an Oscar) and Malawi's The Boy Who Harnessed Wind. Ninety-five films from 65 different countries are being considered for nomination in the category.

READ: In Conversation: The Cast & Crew of 'The Burial of Kojo' On Representation, Power & Filming in Ghana

The mystical and visually striking movie, which premiered at the Urban World Festival in NYC last year, tells the story of two brothers through the eyes of its young protagonist Esi, played by Cynthia Dankwa. The film takes viewers on a surreal journey exploring family bonds and the complexity of life and death. "Usually movies about Africa are very dystopian, more about survival mode. We never get a chance to break down our people," the director told OkayAfrica in an in-depth interview last year. "We just end up with a war, and in a war you can't show nuance in family relationships—the film is about survival. The hardest thing to do is humanize a people that has little history in cinema. Hopefully this film brings father and daughter closer, especially back home."

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Watch Kojo Funds and Banx & Ranx Get Caught In a 'Traffic Jam' In Their New Music Video

Check out the lively, Accra-shot video for their new collaboration.

Ghanaian-Dominican artist Kojo Funds links up with Canadian production duo Banx & Ranx for their upbeat new single "Traffic Jam."

The collaborators headed to Accra for the song's lively music video, which sees them caught in a traffic jam like no other. The traffic jam turns into more of a block party as colorfully dressed dancers take over the streets and everyone turns up. The video was directed by popular afrobeats video director Meji Alabi.

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Best of the Decade: The Greatest South African Hip-Hop Songs of the 2010s

"Caracara" is easily the South African hip-hop song of the decade.

We asked several South African hip-hop heads, artists, writers and DJs to share their top five SA hip-hop songs of the decade. A majority of them included K.O's 2014 smash hit "Caracara," which features KiD X and is produced by the extremely talented Lunatik.

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Watch Bonang Matheba's Interview With The Breakfast Club

Bonang Matheba talks about her career, misconceptions about Africa and making major moves in America.

South African television personality and entrepreneur Bonang Matheba is currently in New York after recently receiving the "E! African Influencer" of the Year award in Santa Monica, California. She stopped by Power 105.1 for an interview with DJ Envy and Charlamagne Tha God on The Breakfast Club.

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