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Sudanese Opposition Halts Civil Disobedience Campaign & Agrees To Resume Talks with Transitional Military Council

Although some vendors returned to work, most businesses remain closed.

Just days after enacting their civil disobedience campaign and the violent crackdown that left over 100 protesters dead, Sudanese opposition groups have agreed to pause on the action to resume talks with the Transitional Military Council (TMC), Reuters reports.


The Declaration of Freedom and Change Forces say in a statement that it would suspend the campaign "from Wednesday until further notice," though they've assured citizens to standby for possible further mobilization. The Sudanese Professionals Association have backed the suspension of the campaign, urging folks to return to work in the interim, BBC adds.

Khaled Omar, opposition leader, comments to Al Hadath TV that the halting of the campaign "was not tied to any specific political developments."

According to Ethiopian envoy Mahmoud Dirir, the Council has also agreed to release political prisoners as a confidence-building measure.

Salah Abdelkhalek, a member of the TMC, tells the BBC that regarding the negotiations, the Council might agree to "equal sharing power with the opposition," though they are still adamant that the head of the new transitional council should be from the military.

Abdelkhalek adds that hundreds of soldiers and officers who were involved with the June 3 massacre have been arrested; as well as cosigning an international investigation into the killings.

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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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