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Sudanese Protesters Continue Civil Disobedience Campaign as Death Toll Rises to 118

Opposition groups have encouraged protesters to not go to work as a call for a civil state in Sudan.

Sudanese protesters continue to fight for civil rule by enacting a civil disobedience campaign Sunday, The New York Times reports.

Dissenters have been encouraged to not go to work as a call for a civil state. Khartoum and other major cities have been at a standstill with deserted streets and closed shops. Security forces are reported to have killed four more protesters, raising to death toll to 118 following the violent crackdown by the Rapid Support Forces last week, CNN adds.


The Sudanese Professionals Association (SPA), say in a statement that the campaign will end when the ruling generals "transfer power to a civil transitional authority in accordance with the Declaration of Freedom and Change."

The Central Committee of Sudanese Doctors say eight hospitals have been completely shut down by the military, making it close to impossible to treat the injured. The SPA had called for medical professionals to be exempted from the strikes in lieu of the shutdown.

Lt. Gen. Mohamed Hamdan, aka Hemeti, is the leader of the Rapid Support Forces despite the paramilitary group's former leader being Lt. Gen. Abdel Fattah al-Burhan. Hemeti is essentially the center of the terror brought upon the protesters, as his iron fist is the main legacy of the al-Bashir era, activist Reem Abbas tells CNN in a video interview.

"This is the legacy of his era—militias that are uncontrollable, using the same tactics they've used in Darfur and [in] other parts of Sudan," Abbas adds. "People are still hopeful—they still feel they have not defeated. They have been protesting even though the RSF militias are roaming the streets.

As protesters endure an internet blackout on the ground, Sudanese organizers in the diaspora continue to raise awareness. A community-based action meeting is due to be held at The Africa Center in Harlem Monday, "to inform, support and heal in light of the recent events in Sudan." Click here for more information.

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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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