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Sudanese Protesters Remember Those Slain in the Deadly Crackdown

Thousands of protesters across Sudan took to the streets and held vigil over the weekend to mourn fallen protesters.

On Saturday, thousands of Sudanese protesters took to the streets to commemorate all those who were killed during the deadly crackdown of June 3rd. Over 100 protesters who were carrying out a sit-in in the capital city Khartoum, lost their lives after the ruling Transitional Military Council (TMC) ordered that the protesters be dispersed using violent and ultimately, lethal means.


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The Alliance for Change and Freedom called on Sudanese civilians to engage in the "Justice First " rallies on Saturday. These rallies, which marked 40 days since the deadly crackdown of June 3rd and lasted well into the night, saw candles being lit, balloons released into the sky and cellphones lighting up the night, according to the HeraldLIVE. Talks about power sharing between the protesters and the TMC were supposed to be held Saturday evening but were then postponed to the Sunday.

Among those taking part in the rallies, was an 11-year-old boy who was seen waving the Sudanese flag that had the words "all the mothers were crying in their homes when their children were killed".

However, after a protester was killed by paramilitary forces in El-Souk after the residents of the region demanded that the Rapid Support Forces (RSF) leave, it is unclear at this point how this has affected impending talks between the two sides.

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Nigeria's First Lady Calls for Heightened Control of Social Media in the Country

Nigerians are outraged after Aisha Buhari said that the country should adopt China's strict methods of regulating social media.

Nigeria's First Lady Aisha Buhari has come under fire after she said that Nigeria should enforce stricter social media regulations in the same that China does. Her comments come at a time when the Nigerian government is still deliberating on the passing of the controversial "Protection from Internet Falsehood and Manipulation Bill" which many Nigerians believe will be used to silence them.

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This Politician Says the UK Treats South African Travelers Like 'Terrorists'

UDM leader Bantu Holomisa says that the UK needs to relax its strict restrictions around South African travelers.

Bantu Holomisa, the leader of the opposition party United Democratic Movement (UDM), has criticized the UK for their strict traveling restrictions around South African travelers. Holomisa says the UK treats South African travelers like 'terrorists' although South Africa is committed to allowing travelers from the UK visa-free entry into the country, according to Business Tech.

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Cardi B Teases New Remix of Davido's 'Fall'

Looks like the Nigerian star's massive hit is getting yet another re-up.

Cardi B has teased her apparent upcoming remix of Davido's "Fall."

Posting from a private jet, as she was on her way to New York before heading to West Africa, Cardi B shared a video of herself rapping and dancing along to the unreleased remix.

From the sounds of it, Cardi's "Fall" remix will feature a brand new verse from the New York rapper.

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Trap Bob Is the 'Proud Habesha' Illustrator Creating Colorful Campaigns for the Digital Age

The DMV-based artist speaks with OkayAfrica about the themes in her work, collaborating with major brands, and how her Ethiopian heritage informs her work.

DMV-based visual artist Tenbeete Solomon also known as Trap Bob is a buzzing illustrator using her knack for colorful animation to convey both the "humor and struggle of everyday life."

The artist, who is also the Creative Director of the creative agency GIRLAAA has been the visual force behind several major online movements. Her works have appeared in campaigns for Giphy, Girls Who Code, Missy Elliott, Elizabeth Warren, Apple, Refinery 29 and Pabst Blue Ribbon (her design was one of the winners of the beer company's annual art can contest and is currently being displayed on millions of cans nationwide). With each striking illustration, the artist brings her skillful use of color and storytelling to the forefront.

Her catalog also includes fun, exuberant graphics that depict celebrities and important moments in Black popular culture. Her "Girls In Power" pays homage to iconic women of color in a range of industries with illustrated portraits. It includes festive portraits of Beyoncé, Oprah, Serena Williams and Michelle Obama to name a few.

Trap Bob is currently embarking on an art tour throughout December, which sees her unveiling murals and recent works for Pabst Blue Ribbon in her hometown of DC and during Art Basel in Miami. You can see her tour dates here.

We caught up with the illustrator via email, to learn more about the themes in her work and how her Ethiopian heritage informs her illustrations. Read it below and see more of Trap Bob's works underneath.

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