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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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Meet the 3 New Members of the African Trap Movement (ATM)

One of South Africa's biggest trap movements is expanding.

Emtee, Sjava, Saudi and their producer Ruff were able to give trap music a South African flavor. The artists, who are currently signed to Ambitiouz Entertainment, call the sub-genre they created African Trap Music and their label African Trap Movement.

Emtee, who's credited as the originator of the genre, is a top tier South African musician with multiple awards and a platinum selling album on his 2016 debut Avery. He has since followed it with a more refined sophomore, 2017's Manando and 2019's DIY 2 EP.

Saudi dropped his debut album D.R.U.G.S Inc in 2017, and, together with Sjava, appeared on the Black Panther soundtrack curated by Kendrick Lamar and TDE.

Sjava's debut album Isina Muva (2016) sold gold, and he has been one of the country's most loved artists since then. Last year, he won the People's Choice Award International at the B.E.T Awards last year. He released his sophomore album Umqhele in 2018, and it showed maturity and revealed an artist who's growing towards himself.

ATM is not just popular among hip-hop fans, but has managed to crossover. Their uplifting and relatable vernacular lyrics and fondness for blending trap with South African genres like Afropop, maskandi, mbhaqanga and even kwaito, have ensured they resonate with the average South African.

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