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Film and Music:


DIASPORA—Nigeria's very own Wizkid and Tiwa Savage are set to perform at this year’s Budweiser Made In America Festival. British-Ghanaian grime heavyweight, Stormzy will also be in attendance.

The annual festival will take place from September 2-3 at Philadelphia's Benjamin Parkway. Jay Z, who's also the festival’s founder, will headline along with J. Cole, Solange and the Chainsmokers. Visit the festival’s website for more details and ticket information.

DIASPORA— Senegalese-American talent, Gabourey Sidibe’s memoir This is Just My Face: Try Not to Stare, was released on Monday (May 1). Sidibe gets candid about her experience navigating Hollywood as a plus size woman, and tackles themes of self-love, body image and more. You can listen to Sidebey read an excerpt from her book debut via NY Daily News.

DIASPORA— The depiction of Dear White People's only African character, Rashid Bakr, isn’t sitting well with just everybody. The adapted series, based on the 2014 film by the same name, made its Netflix debut on Friday (April 28) to mostly rave reviews. However, many are calling the character an inaccurate and stereotypical portrayal of African students at ivy league universities.

In a review of the show, Aisha Harris of Slate writes: “A token African side character—if they ever specify what country he’s actually from, they breeze right past it—might rub viewers the wrong way, since he mainly exists to be on the receiving end of his black American classmates’ foreign-related jokes. Read the full review here.

Politics:

NIGERIA— Last week, Nigeria’s Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Muhammed, caused quite the stir over the weekend, when he claimed that Senegalese jollof rice was superior, after being asked which country made the dish best by CNN anchor Richard Quest. The country’s Vice President, Yemi Osinbanjo, challenged Muhammed’s claim on Monday during a panel discussion on Nigeria’s economic recovery. “And by the way, we all know that Nigerian jollof rice is the best,” he remarked. “We beat the Ghanaians and the Senegalese hands down.” Read more on this story on Vanguard.

Revisit OkaAfrica's Jollof Wars taste test, where we attempted to discover which country really makes the best jollof.

Fashion:

DIASPORA—African celebrities stunned at this year's Met Gala Benefit, which took place on May 1. We highlighted some of our favorite looks from previous Met Galas on Monday, and below we take a look at some of this year’s fashion, featuring Kenya's own Lupita Nyong’o, mutlitalented Nigerian actor Cynthia Erivo, South African funnyman, Trevor Noah, Ghanian editor and chief of British Vogue, Edward Enninful and more.

Jaden Smith's "African inspired" look is also worth an honorable mention.

Sports:

DIASPORA—Ghanaian-Italian soccer player, Mario Balotelli, took to Instagram over the weekend, and blasted Kim Kardashian, after she posted photos of herself at the beach, wearing a bikini, reports Sport Bible. “Kanye What is this? How can you chop this?” he wrote in a post.

DIASPORA—Ghanaian soccer star, Sulley Muntari, is the latest victim of racial abuse at the hands of European soccer fans. Muntari walked off the field during a game in Italy on Sunday, after receiving racist remarks from people in the audience. He then asked the referee to stop the game, but he was booked for dissent, and given a yellow card instead. The incident has once again reignited the conversation around racism in international soccer, and how such occurrences should be dealt with by the sport’s officials, reports Quartz Africa.

Interview
Image courtesy of Killbeatz.

Interview: Killbeatz' Short & Sweet Debut EP, 'Love and Happiness'

We speak to the renowned afrobeats producer about his joint Love and Happiness EP with King Promise & Ofori Amponsah, and his daughter's inspiration behind the project.

Killbeatz needs no introduction. The producer born Joseph Addison is one of the biggest hitmakers as far as afrobeats is concerned. From R2Bees to Sarkodie to FuseODG to M.anifest, Killbeatz has blessed your favorite singers and rappers alike with the soundtracks to their biggest hits. From the azonto era to the global spread of afrobeats, his contribution to African music as a whole cannot be overstated.

However, Killbeatz' influence doesn't stop at just music production. Behind the scenes, he's a complete industry player. The CEO of Ghanaian record label Legacy Life Entertainment, he's responsible for bringing star singer King Promise to the limelight.

Despite producing for the crème de la crème of the Ghanaian music industry as well as several international artists over the length of a decade, the highly-influential producer and instrumentalist never had a project of his own. Now he has set out to change that. In October 2020 Killbeatz dropped his debut EP, titled Love and Happiness.

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