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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.

Image courtesy of Lula Ali Ismaïl

'Dhalinyaro' Is the Female Coming-of-Age Story Bringing Djibouti's Film Industry to Life

The must-watch film, from Lula Ali Ismaïl, paints a novel picture of Djibouti's capital city through the story of three friends.

If you're having a tough time recalling the last movie you watched from Djibouti, it's likely because you have never watched one before. With an almost non-existent film industry in the country, Lula Ali Ismaïl, tells a beautiful coming of age story of three young female Djiboutian teenagers at the cusp of womanhood. Dhalinyaro offers a never-before-seen view of Djibouti City as a stunning, dynamic city that blends modernity and tradition—a city in which the youth, like all youth everywhere, struggle to decide what their futures will look like. It's a beautiful story of friendship, family, dreams and love from a female filmmaker who wants to tell a "universal story of youth," but set in the country she loves—Djibouti.

The story revolves around the lives of three young friends from different socio-economic backgrounds, with completely varied attitudes towards life, but bound by a deep friendship. There is Asma, the conservative academic genius who dreams of going to medical school and hails from a modest family. Hibo, a rebellious, liberal, spoiled girl from a very wealthy family who learns to be a better friend as the film evolves and finally Deka. Deka is the binding force in the friendship, a brilliant though sometimes naïve teen who finds herself torn between her divorced mother's ambitions to give her a better life having saved up all her life for her to go to university abroad, and her own conviction that she wants to study and succeed in her own country.

Okayafrica contributor, Ciku Kimeria speaks to Ismaïl on her groundbreaking film, her hopes for the filmmaking industry and the universality of stories.

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Stogie T Enlists Nasty C, Boity, Nadia Nakai and More, for ‘The Empire of Sheep’ Deluxe Edition

Stream the deluxe version of Stogie T's EP 'The Empire of Sheep' featuring Nasty C, Boity, Nadia Nakai and more.

Stogie T just shared a deluxe version of his 2019 EP The Empire of Sheep titled EP The Empire of Sheep (Deluxe Unmasked). The project comes with three new songs. "All You Do Is Talk" features fellow South African rappers Nasty C, Boity and Nadia Nakai. New York lyricist appears on "Bad Luck" while one of Stogie T's favorite collaborators Ziyon appears on "The Making."

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"Kata" single cover.

Listen to Tekno's New Single 'Kata'

The Nigerian artist and producer returns with a melodic banger just in time for the weekend.

Nigerian artist Tekno is back with his second single of the year, "Kata."

The heavyweight artist and producer delivers a melodic track that sees him singing about his devotion to his lover over drum-filled production from Phantom. The track features subdued vocals from. the artist, and a beat that's easy to move along to. The song follows the track 'Beh Beh' which he released earlier this year.

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