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This Song By Nigerian Artist Rema Made It On the Obamas' 2019 Summer Playlist

The rising hitmaker's debut single got a major cosign from the former president.

Rema is one of the Nigerian music's most promising new artists, and it seems that even Barack and Michelle Obama have taken notice.

The 19-year old artist has been included on the former first couple's annual summer playlist, which lists 44 tracks that their listening to from a variety of genres and time periods.

While the singer is best known for his breakout hit "Dumebi," which is arguably one of the most popular afropop singles of the year, the Obama's went with the artist's debut single "Iron Man" for their 2019 playlist. The artist thanked the Obamas, on Instagram, writing "Nigeria to the world."

"With summer winding down, here's a sampling of what Michelle and I have been listening to — some new, some old, some fast, some slow," wrote the former president on Instagram.

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In Conversation: Patricia Okoumou is the Immigrant Rights Activist Facing Jail time for Climbing the Statue of Liberty

We talked to the Congolese-American activist through the window of the apartment where she's currently under house arrest.

When I went to interview Patricia Okoumou, the Congolese-American woman who scaled the Statue of Liberty last 4th of July to protest the child separation policy, she asked me to bring her a large, black, dark roast coffee from Au Bon Pain. This is not the most unusual request, but I had to hand her the coffee through the window of her ground floor apartment in Staten Island, New York where she is being held under house arrest. On March 1st, she was found guilty on three misdemeanor charges, and faces up to 18 months in prison.

In December, she climbed the Eiffel Tower, and in February, while delivering Valentine's Day cards to separated migrant children in Texas, she decided to climb the Austin, Texas headquarters of Southwest Key, which operates child detention centers. The Austin action violated the terms of her bail, and she is now under house arrest wearing an ankle bracelet until her sentencing on March 19th, making the conditions of her bail now more severe than that of Harvey Weinstein. U.S. authorities have forcibly separated at least 2,855 children from their parents or guardian at the border since April 2017, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. I spoke to Okoumou through the window of her apartment on a chilly afternoon marking International Women's Day.

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