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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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President Yoweri Museveni Has Called Bobi Wine 'An Enemy of Progress in Uganda'

The Ugandan president has accused the opposition leader of thwarting foreign investment into the country.

Ugandan opposition leader of the People Power Movement (PPM), Bobi Wine, continues to be the proverbial thorn in President Yoweri Museveni's side. The head of state, who's been in power for a little over three decades, described Wine as an "enemy of progress in Uganda" during a recent interview with the BBC. President Museveni has accused Wine of standing in the way of Uganda's prosperity by dissuading people from investing in the country. He also refuted claims made by Wine that his government is repressive.

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Several People Have Been Killed During Protests in Guinea

Guineans are protesting against changes to the constitution which will allow President Alpha Conde to run for a third term.

At least five people have died during protests in Guinea's Conakry and Mamou after police opened fire on them, according to Aljazeera. The protests come just after President Alpha Conde instructed his government to look into drafting a new constitution that will allow him to remain in power past the permissible two terms. Conde's second five-year term will come to an end next year but as is the unfortunate case with many African leaders, the 81-year-old is intent on running for office yet again.

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Meet the Senegalese Designer Making Math Chic

Diarra Bousso uses algorithms to create designs for her line DIARRABLU.

Who knew that math and fashion could work together so seamlessly? Apparently Diarra Bousso did, the self-described "Creative Mathematician" and mastermind behind DIARRABLU. The Senegalese serial entrepreneur and multidisciplinary artist left a career of trading on Wall Street to pursue design and it paid off. She has just been awarded a coveted spot as the Designer in Residence at the San Francisco Fashion Incubator for her innovative use of equations and algorithms in her beautiful designs.

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Daniel Kaluuya Is Producing a Live-Action 'Barney' Movie with Mattel

Yes, you read that correctly.

In a move that absolutely no one saw coming, Oscar-nominated actor Daniel Kaluuya is set to produce a live-action Barney movie in conjunction with Mattel Films. The Hollywood Reporter first broke the story.

Kaluuya will co-produce the film as part of his 59% production banner, which signed a first-look deal with Paramount back in May. Speaking on his involvement with the project and the impact of Barney & Friends, Kaluuya had this to say: "Barney was a ubiquitous figure in many of our childhoods, then he disappeared into the shadows, left misunderstood. We're excited to explore this compelling modern-day hero and see if his message of 'I love you, you love me' can stand the test of time."

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