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The Roots Of… The Daily Show's Wyatt Cenac and Jessica Williams Discover Their African Ancestry

Using a DNA test, the Daily Show's Wyatt Cenac and Jessica Willams discover their African Ancestry for Okayafrica TV along with Gbenga Akinnagbe.


In our latest installment of "The Roots Of…" series, comedian Wyatt Cenac and Comedy Central's The Daily Show correspondent Jessica Williams swap saliva with a fuzzy piece of cotton to determine where in Africa – and what tribe – some of their ancestors may have come from. Hosted by The Wire's Gbenga Akinnagbe, Wyatt and Jessica embark on a brief discovery of their respective African Ancestry – what they learn takes them on a whirlwind trip to the Bronx ("the Cameroon of Manhattan") and teaches them about the meaning of "farm car penis husband" (hint: it's NOT a hipster band from Williamsburg). For the real reveal, watch below, and for more laughs, find Wyatt at this month's Shouting At The Screen ("The baddest 70's Blaxploitation! The loudest loud mouths! And a whole lot of drinking!"), and find Jessica guest starring on HBO's GIRLS when she's not suggesting that Bloomberg should have been stop-and-frisking white guys on Wall St.

If you haven’t yet seen our first episodes in “The Roots Of…” series, check here to watch The Roots‘ African ancestry revealed to ?uesto and Black Thought, here to check out Q-Tip‘s real tribe, here to see Flying Lotus trace his own soul makossa to the motherland, and here to see why Michael K Williams has the "Heart of a king, blood of a slave." You too can discover the country and even tribe where it all began: to get your own DNA test, check out our partners over at African Ancestry.

Videographers: Myo Campbell, Chinisha Scott

Sound: Greg Scott

Editor: Jake Remington

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Sarkodie Is Not Feeling Any Pressure

The elite Ghanaian rapper affirms his king status with this seventh studio album, No Pressure.

Sarkodie is one of the most successful African rappers of all time. With over ten years of industry presence under his belt, there's no question about his prowess or skin in the game. Not only is he a pioneer of African hip-hop, he's also the most decorated African rapper, having received over 100 awards from close to 200 nominations over the span of his career.

What else does Sarkodie have to prove? For someone who has reached and stayed at the pinnacle of hip-hop for more than a decade, he's done it all. But despite that, he's still embracing new growth. One can tell just by listening to his latest album, No Pressure, Sarkodie's seventh studio album, and the follow-up to 2019's Black Love which brought us some of the Ghanaian star's best music so far. King Sark may be as big as it gets, but the scope of his music is still evolving.

Sonically, No Pressure is predominantly hip-hop, with the first ten tracks offering different blends of rap topped off with a handful of afrobeats and, finally, being crowned at the end with a gospel hip-hop cut featuring Ghanaian singer MOG. As far as the features go, Sark is known for collaborating mostly with his African peers but this time around he branches out further to feature a number of guests from around the world. Wale, Vic Mensa, and Giggs, the crème de la crème of rap in America and the UK respectively all make appearances, as well as Nigeria's Oxlade, South Africa's Cassper Nyovest, and his fellow Ghanaian artists Darkovibes and Kwesi Arthur.

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