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The Side Eye: 'That's Some Real Dark Warrior Music' - Angelina Jolie

The 'Side eye' is the facial response given to people, events, or actions that are silly and ridiculous. Side Eye Stories will summarize instances that we can't be bothered to write a long-form response to, but wanna express our skepticism towards. Without further ado, here are this week's picks:


This week The Independent reported that a US Embassy Cable unearthed by Wikileaks detailed Richard Branson's plan to bankroll the ousting of Robert Mugabe. The Cable was written in 2007, a week before Branson announced his financial support for 'The Elders' - a group of prominent figures including Nelson Mandela, Jimmy Carter, and Kofi Annan. The cable says that Branson would sponsor a meeting of The Elders in which they would discuss how to approach Mugabe and respectfully ask him to step down from office. That's so badass. Unfortunately, it was all talk and no action - the meeting never took place.

And a ton more, after the jump.

Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos, Nigeria got a pretty bad wrap in the 90s. Signs warning passengers of weak security there were posted by the FAA in terminals all over the United States. When Obasanjo became president in '99, the airport's infrastructure and security improved greatly. The side eye came out when we spotted this senseless gem creating fear at the DOMESTIC terminal at New York City's LaGuardia Airport. It might as well read: Lagos, Nigeria is dangerous as shit. Enjoy your flight to Kansas City, Missouri.

Thanks to Common's recent book, we now know what Angelina Jolie thinks about Fela Kuti's music. Apparently Common writes in his book that he made Angelina a CD of "Fela and some other stuff." Her response to the CD was: "that's some real dark warrior music." Fela Kuti? Dark warrior music? Yo Common, we don't think Angelina actually listened to that mixtape you made her. Btw, we're not the only ones that Angelina irritates, check out Paul Zeleza's comments on her ridiculous Africa talk. Big thanks to G.D. at PostBourgie for spotting this fantastic side eye moment.

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Do you ever wish you were an antelope so you could get away with things like this under the assumption that it's an act of nature?

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Michael Kiwanuka Wins Highly Coveted 2020 Mercury Prize

The British-Ugandan artist proves that staying true to yourself will get you further than you can imagine.

British-Ugandan musician Michael Kiwanuka has gone on to win the 2020 Hyundai Mercury Prize at this year's virtual awards ceremony.

The win was assigned to Kiwanuka's 2019 album KIWANUKA, produced by Danger Mouse and Inflo. KIWANUKA, Michael's third full-length so far, seems to be the artists' most personal one yet.

In his own words, Kiwanuka told New Statesman, "I thought, what better way to say that you're comfortable with who you are than by using just your name? KIWANUKA goes against fame, it goes against success. It's not in the pocket, it's not a smooth rock'n'roll name that's up in lights. It can be clumsy, if you haven't seen it before."

Well, we are certainly grateful for the singer's personal evolution as it has landed him top honors in the industry, as well as, amongst his die hard fans.

The artist said of his win, "I don't even know what to say - I'm speechless. This is amazing...I don't even have any words. This is ridiculous, it's crazy! I'm so happy. Third time's a charm. It's blown my mind. I'm over the moon, I'm so excited - this is for art, for music, for albums. This is the only thing I've ever wanted to do so to win a Mercury is a dream come true. I'm so happy. Music and art means so much to me and this is an award that celebrates that so I'm over the moon."


Watch Michael Kiwanuka's performance of "You Ain't The Problem" off of his Mercury Prize winning album "KIWANUKA" here.

Mercury Prize 2020 Winner | Michael Kiwanuka - You Ain't The Problem (Later... With Jools Holland) www.youtube.com

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