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Sudan Reacts to the Ousting of Omar al-Bashir and the Announcement of a Military Takeover

While the removal of al-Bashir is being seen as a victory of the people, protestors are rejecting the military's announcement of a two-year takeover.

Omar al-Bashir, the longstanding dictator of Sudan, was ousted and arrested in a military takeover this morning.

The country's Defense Minister, General Mohammed Ahmed Awad Ibn Auf took to national television this morning, announcing that the army would oversee a "two year transition" period with elections to follow, as BBC Africa reports. He also called for a three-month state of emergency, 24-hour airspace ban, as well as for the scrapping of the country's 2005 constitution.

While al-Bashir's removal is being celebrated as a victory spearheaded by the Sudanese people, who have led months-long protests to see him removed, many are discontent with the news announcement of the military takeover. Reem Abass, a journalist on the ground in Khartoum, told the BBC that the Defense Minister's message "did not resonate with people" and demonstrations will likely continue.


Many protests groups and leaders have outright rejected the military transition, calling, instead, for a transitional civilian government, reports Reuters. The military takeover is being referred to as a "recycling" of old leaders.

"The people do not want a transitional military council," wrote Alaa Salah the 22-year-old student who has become a face of the movement, as a result of a viral image. "Change will not happen with Bashir's entire regime hoodwinking Sudanese civilians through a military coup. We want a civilian council to head the transition," she added.

Several others online, have expressed similar skepticism of a military-led transition.


The removal of al-Bashir, who maintained power for 30 years, is still being celebrated as a testament to the strong will and determination of the Sudanese people, who are proving that their immense efforts to restore effective leadership in their country will continue.







Photos by David Pattinson.

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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