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This Sudanese Cartoonist Created the Viral Colin Kaepernick Civil Rights Image

Khalid Albaih's work has become a symbol of protest against social injustices and the NFL's discriminatory policies.

As the NFL continues to encroach upon the civil rights of its players by presenting new policies that could penalize them for kneeling during the National Anthem, those in support of the protest continue to express their support for Colin Kaepernick, who sparked the movement within the NFL when he boldly knelt during the National Anthem in 2016.

He's drawn several comparisons to Civil Rights-era athletes like Muhammad Ali as well as Tommie Smith and John Carlos who iconically put up the black power salute during the 1968 Olympic games. One Sudanese artist decided to translate Kaepernick's activism into a cartoon, which has been worn on shirts by members of the NCAAP in order to lead protests, and by Chance the Rapper.


A new video from AJ+ highlights the work of Khalid Albaih, and his mission to highlight the social injustices in the United States, after he spent a year learning about the Civil Rights movement while traveling through the states with fellow Arab artists."For me, Kapearnick taking a knee is the image of our century," he says. "This is a historical moment. Not only for African-Americans, this is for human rights. This is for Civil Rights," he added.

Check out the video below, to learn more about the Sudanese artist's work.

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Adekunle Gold Teases Upcoming Album With New Single "Mercy"

The Nigerian afropop crooner has fans sitting in anticipation for his new album, due out February 4.

Afropop favorite Adekunle Gold is back on our minds with the announcement that his upcoming album Catch Me If You Can is out in a week! The Nigerian superstar has already teased fans with tracks "High" featuring Davido, "Sinner" featuring American singer Lucky Daye, and now shares his latest "Mercy."

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The 5 Songs You Need to Hear This Week

Featuring Spinall x Adekunle Gold, Ibibio Sound Machine, Turunesh and more

Every week, we highlight the top releases through our best music of the week column.

Here's our round up of the best tracks and music videos that came across our desks, which you can also check out in our Songs You Need to Hear This Week playlists on Spotify and Apple Music.

Follow our SONGS YOU NEED TO HEAR THIS WEEK playlist on Spotify here and Apple Music here.

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Madelyn Bonilla On Being The AfroLatina Representation Her Younger Self Needed

Bonilla, the founder of online community Brown Narrativ, spoke with us about how her experiences as an AfroLatina woman in NYC’s Bronx led her to write and direct her debut film, Pajón.

Madelyn Bonilla is dedicated to being the person she needed when she was growing up.

The former forensic science researcher-turned-advertising guru was born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, and raised in the Bronx, New York - or, “where Hip-Hop was bred”, as the 36-year-old puts it. Growing up in a typically Latinx family, community, and neighborhood, Bonilla knew that there was so much more of herself to discover, as her interests in Black culture shaped a lot of her life. It wasn’t until her early 20s that she started to allow herself to explore her identity as an AfroLatina woman. The first to do so in her family, Bonilla faced – and still faces – scrutiny and shaming from the Latinx community at large, but also from her own loved ones. Comments like, “Your hair looks messy” or, “Your hair’s not combed” when Bonilla first began rocking her natural curls truly mirrored the thoughts and opinions of those around her, too. Her experiences as an AfroLatina woman are the experiences so many face, as they try to get to the root of their own roots.

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The Fugees' Concerts In Ghana & Nigeria Cancelled

Their entire reunion world tour "will not be able to happen [due to] the continued Covid pandemic."