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The Supreme Court Has Allowed Trump to Fully Enforce the 'Muslim Ban'

Three African countries, Chad, Libya and Somalia, will be implicated in this decision.

In the wake of President Trump adding Chad to his proposed travel ban back in September, the Supreme Court has voted to allow his administration to fully enforce it, AP reports.


The justices had two dissenting votes, and said that the policy "can take full effect even as legal challenges against it make their way through the courts." This action implies the high court could uphold the latest version of the ban that Trump announced.

The ban applies to six mostly Muslim countries and includes three African countries: Chad, Libya and Somalia. Syria and Yemen are the other countries under the ban.

Lower courts have said people from those countries with a claim of a "bona fide" relationship with someone from the U.S. could not be kept out of the country, like grandparents, cousins and other relatives. Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sonia Sotomayor would've left the lower court orders in place.

The 9th and 4th U.S. Circuit of Appeals will be holding arguments on the legality of the ban this week, and both courts are dealing with the issue on an accelerated basis, AP says.

Here are more reasons why this version of the ban has been harder to fight in court:

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Adekunle Gold Teases Upcoming Album With New Single "Mercy"

The Nigerian afropop crooner has fans sitting in anticipation for his new album, due out February 4.

Afropop favorite Adekunle Gold is back on our minds with the announcement that his upcoming album Catch Me If You Can is out in a week! The Nigerian superstar has already teased fans with tracks "High" featuring Davido, "Sinner" featuring American singer Lucky Daye, and now shares his latest "Mercy."

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The 5 Songs You Need to Hear This Week

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Every week, we highlight the top releases through our best music of the week column.

Here's our round up of the best tracks and music videos that came across our desks, which you can also check out in our Songs You Need to Hear This Week playlists on Spotify and Apple Music.

Follow our SONGS YOU NEED TO HEAR THIS WEEK playlist on Spotify here and Apple Music here.

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Madelyn Bonilla On Being The AfroLatina Representation Her Younger Self Needed

Bonilla, the founder of online community Brown Narrativ, spoke with us about how her experiences as an AfroLatina woman in NYC’s Bronx led her to write and direct her debut film, Pajón.

Madelyn Bonilla is dedicated to being the person she needed when she was growing up.

The former forensic science researcher-turned-advertising guru was born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, and raised in the Bronx, New York - or, “where Hip-Hop was bred”, as the 36-year-old puts it. Growing up in a typically Latinx family, community, and neighborhood, Bonilla knew that there was so much more of herself to discover, as her interests in Black culture shaped a lot of her life. It wasn’t until her early 20s that she started to allow herself to explore her identity as an AfroLatina woman. The first to do so in her family, Bonilla faced – and still faces – scrutiny and shaming from the Latinx community at large, but also from her own loved ones. Comments like, “Your hair looks messy” or, “Your hair’s not combed” when Bonilla first began rocking her natural curls truly mirrored the thoughts and opinions of those around her, too. Her experiences as an AfroLatina woman are the experiences so many face, as they try to get to the root of their own roots.

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The Fugees' Concerts In Ghana & Nigeria Cancelled

Their entire reunion world tour "will not be able to happen [due to] the continued Covid pandemic."