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The Christchurch Terrorist Compared Himself to Anti-Apartheid Veteran Nelson Mandela

In his hate-filled manifesto entitled The Great Replacement, Brenton Tarrant likens himself to the anti-Apartheid struggle veteran, Nelson Mandela.

New Zealand is currently still processing the aftermath of the Christchurch terrorist attack which occurred last week Friday. White supremacist Brenton Tarrant shot and killed at least 50 Muslims during their prayers at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand. As if that were not horrendous enough, Tarrant live-streamed the attack.


The late Nelson Mandela is perhaps one of the most internationally renowned figures who, along with numerous and equally important other men and women, fought against Apartheid for the liberation of Black South Africans. For his underground political activities with the African National Congress (ANC), he was sentenced to 27 years in prison on Robben Island following one of his most compelling speeches at the infamous Rivonia Trial.

There has been considerable critique of the late statesman over the past few years especially, with some South Africans even going as far as labeling him a 'sellout' and white apologist. Others have questioned whether Mandela has not been given the status of a demigod.

READ: Why Are We So Obsessed with Making a God of Nelson Mandela?

What remains undeniable, however, is the magnitude of Mandela's sacrifice for South Africa. And thus, it is an incredible reach, absurd even, that Tarrant likens himself to Mandela as if his Islamophobic actions were in some way heroic. They were not.

In his manifesto entitled The Great Replacement, Tarrant writes:

"I do not expect to be released, but I also expect an eventual Nobel Peace prize - as was awarded to the terrorist Nelson Mandela once his own people achieved victory and took power...I expect to be freed in 27 years from my incarceration, the same number of years as Mandela, for the same crime."

South Africa, along with many other countries, have condemned the terrorist attack carried out by Tarrant.


How Technology Is Playing a Crucial Role in the #EndSARS Protests

Young people in Nigeria have successfully managed to use technological innovations to organize and make the #EndSARS protests run incredibly efficiently and easily. This moment will go down in history as a revolution that was birthed via technology.

It has been more than a week since young people in Nigeria took to the streets to demand that the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, infamously known as SARS, be scrapped for good. Created in 1992, this police unit was originally set up to beat back armed robbery, the use of firearms and rising cases of kidnappings that grew in the late eighties. However, the unit went rogue, becoming more notorious for its savagery than actual crime-fighting. With a rap sheet ranging from profiling, harassment and assault to, in more extreme cases, slaughtering innocent citizens, these quasi-officers have unleashed terror on the nation for more than two decades.

Their victims are predominantly young Nigerians profiled on appearance—whether they drive exotic vehicles, use the latest gadgets, have their hair dyed or locked, or have piercings. In some cases, working in tech often gets conflated with financial fraud. For people who don't meet the absurd criteria, the mood of the officer can often become the difference between life and death.

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Emile YX? Wants to 'Reconnect The String'

The father of South African hip-hop's latest book release is here to teach you about the culture.

As a father-figure in South African hip-hop, there's a lot Emile Lester Jansen, aka Emile YX?, knows. He'll also tell you, there's a lot he doesn't. But the knowledge Emile has gained, over his 3 decades in music, he's always tried to share with others. His latest project is no different. The Black Noise founder is working on a book that identifies the similarities between Bushmen expression and hip-hop, and how this knowledge can help empower anyone who has a love of the culture.

The book, which will be called Reconnect The String, comes on the back of this year's 21st anniversary of the African Hip Hop Indaba, one of the landmark hip hop events in Cape Town created by Emile, which has helped many an artist launch their career. As a teacher and a musician, he's long been involved in using hip hop to uplift communities—first through the seminal group Black Noise, founded in the late 1980s, with its rhymes rallying against Apartheid, and then through the Heal the Hood organization, a non-profit that grew out of the group's efforts to use its love of hip hop to fuel youth development initiatives in townships on the Cape Flats.

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Interview: Sango's ‘Da Rocinha 4’ Is a Polished & Grinding Take On Baile Funk

We speak with the Seattle-based DJ and producer about his new album and the music bridges connecting Brazil, the US and the world.

It's a common joke in Brazil: once three or more Brazilian people gather together, they will start a WhatsApp group. The producer and DJ Kai Wright, who goes by the alias Sango, is well aware of that. While he is giving this interview through a Zoom call, a sound notification pops from his computer. "Do you hear that?" he says, amidst laughs. "It's WhatsApp, this album was made through WhatsApp groups."

Once and for all, Sango is not Brazilian. "I am an ambassador for that sound, but I am a Black American," he says. "That sound" is baile funk, the most prominent Brazilian electronic and popular music of the past decades. Born in Michigan and based in Seattle, Sango became a beacon for a new strain of baile funk around 2012, when he released the album Da Rocinha—a suite that he revisits in his new release, Da Rocinha 4.

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In Conversation with Candice Chirwa: 'Menstruation is More than Just Bleeding for Seven Days.'

South African activist Candice Chirwa, the 'Minister of Menstruation', speaks to us about what a period-positive world looks like, the challenges menstruators face even in 2020 and her important advocacy work with QRATE.